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HEMMED BY LIGHT, SHAPED BY DARKNESS

Ephel Duath

Experimental/Post Metal


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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Feathers Under My Skin (7:05)
2. Tracing The Path of Blood (7:23)
3. When Mind Escapes Flesh (7:51)
4. Within This Soil (6:52)
5. Those Gates to Nothing (6:30)
6. Through Flames I Shield (6:41)
7. Hemmed By Light (1:55)
8. Shaped By Darkness (7:29)


Total Time 51:45

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Line-up / Musicians

- Davide Tiso / guitars
- Karyn Crisis / vocals
- Bryan Beller / bass
- Marco Minemann / drums
With:
- Erik Rutan / guitar and backing vocals

Releases information

Label: Agonia Records
Release date: November 19, 2013

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3.00
(6 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
17%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
17%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (17%)
17%
Poor. Only for completionists (17%)
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3 stars "Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness" is the 6th full-length studio album by Italian (US based) avant garde metal act Ephel Duath. The album was released through Agonia Records in November 2013. Itīs been a couple of years since the release of "Through My Dog's Eyes (2009)", but mainman behind Ephel Duath, Davide Tiso have kept himself busy with his solo project Manuscripts Don't Burn and the "The Breathing House (2010)" EP and with the "On Death and Cosmos (2012)" EP released under the Ephel Duath monicker. "Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness" features the same lineup that recorded the latter mentioned. Karyn Crisis (vocals), Davide Tiso (guitars), Bryan Beller (bass), Marco Minnemann (drums).

Stylistically the music on the album also more or less continues down the same path as the music on the "On Death and Cosmos (2012)" EP. Quirky, dissonant, aggressive and progressive extreme metal, thatīs very hard to describe correctly. Ephel Duath have always been a pretty unique sounding act, even though theyīve changed their sound quite a bit over the years. While some artists mellow and become more accessible over the course of their career, itīs like the exact opposite has happened with Ephel Duath, who since their early black metal beginnings have become more and more odd with each new release. Always challenging conventions and pushing boundaries.

"Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness" is no exception and itīs overall an extremely challenging release. The music doesnīt feature many memorable hooks and the almost constant use of dissonance can be a bit hard on the ears. The musicianship are on a high level on all places. Personally I have a hard time appreciating Karyn Crisis raw, toneless and rather strained vocal delivery, but Iīm sure itīs a case of aquired taste and she is as such not a bad vocalist. Maybe itīs simply the quality of the material, thatīs making her performance stand out in a negative light. The word toneless actually describes the music pretty well and even when Karyn Crisis attempts to include a couple of memorable hooklines (like she does in "Tracing the Path of Blood") it all sounds more or less the same. And that is THE major issue with "Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness". It might be professionally produced and powerful sounding and very well performed (the instrumental performances are outstanding), but itīs just not that memorable. Sometimes to a point where I donīt notice when one track ends and another begins.

So my criticism is a bit harsh this time around, but sometimes "Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness" feels too much like art for artīs sake. An introvert release, that isnīt necessarily meant for the ears of an audience. In some ways itīs an intriguing experiment, but itīs simply too one-dimensional to be entertaining throughout the full playing time of an album. A 3 star (60%) rating isnīt all wrong.

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