Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Brotherhood Of Sleep - Dark As Light (2011)


"On Autumn 2006 the basis was laid down for a new group from its two founding members, George G. /guitar (ex-Choir Macabre) and John K. /guitar (Afformance). The main concept would be experimentation in heavy music. Without pre-set ideas on how or what to play they’ve started rehearsing giving birth to the first main riffs that would later on constitute the nucleus of what was next to come. On this ride after a couple of months along came Serafim G. (also of Ancestral House of the Sun, Uranium Cardinals, Frank Siddhatra) on drums. A few rehearsals followed with this line-up so they all start realising their parts within this musical journey and how they could put their personal perspectives to the aid of the whole. Meantime and due to excessive obligations John K. had to leave. Danis A. on bass came in to save the day. The group re-started rehearsing in a frequent and consistent manner to bring out the best possible of each member so that musical entity that would be later referred to as Brotherhood Of Sleep could be conceived, grasped and in depth understood from everyone in the band. An esoteric approach which aims consciously to balance sound, mind and spirit.… An ancient civilization descending ferociously through the sky. Low frequencies transmitting the Earth’s pulse deep in mountainous caverns where mystics in sacred slumber, share their secrets of old; giving way to the view of a Depthless Sea where all dreams seem to melt… The wind howls like a constant drumbeat above this small town of the East. Hate forecast for those who chose to baptise themselves in lies (yes, hate can sometimes be a noble virtue)… Love for the ones who choose to cherish and admire life’s beauty. Visualise the truth that was always within you. Listen."

From what I first read about Brotherhood Of Sleep (see above) it seemed to me that they were just another pretentious doom metal band trying to reinvent a new way to play their beloved doom metal. That preconceived connotations was put to rest soon after my first listen. I hadn't really ever listened to instrumental doom metal so I was kind of iffy about it at first. I started with their first album, their self titled album, and it was just full of awesomeness. I was looking around to see if they had anything else and noticed a 2011 release and just got all giddy! I was a bit distracted my first run through with real life stuff going on but once I actually had the time to sit down and listen to it, it blew my mind. A lot of psychedelic sounds and emotions come into play when listening to this album. The instrumentals along with the low frequency of the album give off a really chill vibe but yet sinister at the same time. I wouldn't say the album isn't really heavy as it is spacey. Yeah, spacey. It just makes you want to take some LSD, trip out, and start spewing shit about being in the ether. Definitely recommending this to those who are looking to get away from the orthodox doom metal and step outside the box.

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