Tuesday 9 April 2019

Without Light - The Dread Gospels (Album Review)

Release date: April 20th 2019. Label: Weed Cabinet Records. Format: DD

The Dread Gospels – Tracklisting

1.Behold! The Wurm
2.In Depths Of Sleep
3.Terror As Currency
4.Facing The Monolith
5.Ascent Into Madness
6.When Cities Burn
7.New Plague


Eric Sanchez: guitar,
Angel Onofre: guitar,
Jamie Danger: bass/vocals,
Luke Scriven: drums


Sometimes you need darkness and brutality to make your way in the world and that can be the best way to describe Without Light debut album – The Dread Gospels. A brutal slice of Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal that has moments of Thrash and Heavy Metal to unsettle your nerves. This album is not going to be for everyone as the band create heavy violent riffs that will put off the casual listener.

However, if you’re a fan of the more extreme side of heavy metal and appreciate the sounds of the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal genres then Without Light will have you covered. The music is quite varied and superbly played from the start. The whole album flows surprisingly well and I didn’t expect that especially with Without Light even playing a friendlier style of Stoner Rock/Metal on certain parts of the album.

The vocals are harsh and aggressive throughout the album and the band never shy way in writing bleak doom based lyrics to match. Songs such as Behold! The Wurm, In Depths Of Sleep, Terror As Currency, Facing The Monolith are the early songs that allow Without Light to make a great impression. As the music can be quite progressive in places and have a cold Post-Metallic feel to them.

If you’re a fan of bands such as Behold The Monolith, Mastodon and High On Fire then you should enjoy this album. As Without Light are aiming for a similar style of heaviness those bands are known for. In some respects, Without Light play heavier riffs and create a more threatening and violent sound. The album does take a few listens to fully appreciate before you can judge the album on its own merits.

The second half of the album is perhaps the best part of the album. As the band create the heaviest parts held on the album with Ascent Into Madness, When Cities Burn and New Plague ranking as the standout songs on the album. Sure there are only seven songs held on the album but it’s the final three songs that Without Light impress the most.

The production is excellent and quite lively in places. The Dread Gospels is an album with a lot to say and is full of excellent progressive grooves and shows Without Light are a band to look out for.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe