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It suffers from teething troubles - 50%

oneyoudontknow, March 28th, 2009

Thy Light is (currently?) labelled at their Metal Archives page as a depressive black metal band. This is correct... they fit into this category, use certain elements in their music and create an atmosphere one would expect when it comes to a band from this genre. Accordingly the question on the quality of the actual performance arouses. Is it good? Is it bad? To answer these is not an easy task, because there is some potential offered on the first demo by the Brazilian band; but the art suffers from teething troubles and this need to be explained.

Thy Light rely heavily on keyboards when it comes to their music. They are all over the songs and their play is basically dominating the music; not to mention that it is up to them to create the atmosphere, while the other instruments as well as the vocals rather support them, while avoiding a leading role themselves. Further, the question can be raised if the motives by keyboards influenced the guitars or vice versa; it happens that both instruments play the same melody at the same time.

The emphasis lies on creating a calm and depressive atmosphere, which the band is able to create with the help of the guitars and the keyboards. Unlike a lot of bands from the depressive black metal subgenre the compositions are not excessively minimalist, but offer a certain amount of riffs and motives, provide the listener with some sort of a red line. These are good to listen to and well crafted.

One negative aspect is the drums or better said the drum-machine ... again. The programming as well as the mix is not optimal when it comes to this 'instrument'; but these are quite common flaws that might be expected, some might bring forth as an argument in defence of the band. Even though this point does certainly bear some truth in it, what good would come of neglecting it in the discussion as well as in the rating? Again are the 'drums' just plain and boring and have no positive effect on how the art is perceived at all. Their monotonous play creates only one thing: to let the listener fall asleep.

Further negative aspects of this demo are the vocals. Distortion can go along fine with the compositions, it can help to promote the atmosphere, but this is rather the exception and in case the band has overdone it in terms of this effect, the outcome is counter-productive on how the art is perceived. Such is the case here. Uninspiring, very monotonous, little variation in tempo and style is offered by Paolo Bruno; the person behind Thy Light; together with the drums an unholy unity of boredom is created; one reason why a band often tend to fail when it comers to this genre. As everything is occasionally drowning in a swamp of monotony, little is there to compensate this flaw.

Final bits and bytes
The story how I got the release or better said how I got the release in a listenable quality is longer than some might expect and some amount of energy was spent on it; not so much in terms of money. Has it been worth it? Not entirely, because by listening to the music, some kind of bitter taste remains and it never leaves entirely. Even though the band had been able to write some nice compositions with neat motives and arrangements, the drums and vocals ruin it. So, my advices would be: get a drummer and get rid of the distortion of the vocals. Further would it certainly not harm the music if some effort would be spent on the mix and production, because it is not entirely convincing; there are some variations in the dominance of the instruments and those sound odd. Better and worse releases have seen the light of day... judging from the ratings this release has got, on the Metal Archives and elsewhere, the music seems to appeal strongly to some folks; presumably deaf ones.

Recommended to: fans of depressive black metal, whose single goal in life is to praise the art of every band from this genre that hits the earth.

(Note: this review was written on a master-CD of the release which I own; ripped to 320 kbps MP3s. Long story how I got it.)