If you want to invoke the apocalypse, it helps to read the runes first. NYC’s A Storm Of Light, like Killing Joke, Anaal Nathrakh and Ministry, always sound as if they’re accelerating towards some all-encompassing moment of reckoning, but their fuel is an endless tank of genuine disgust, frustration and a keen eye on the belligerent shitshow unfolding all around us – a perspective that becomes a vividly psychedelic experience.
Back five years and one new presidential term after their last album, Nations To Flames, A Storm Of Light have a whole new reservoir of volatile bile to burn and a new sonic scope to torch. The result is the charged, and stunning new album, Anthroscene, due to crash into your consciousness on October 5 via Consouling Sounds in Europe and Translation Loss in the US.
We’re about to light the fuse with a new track, Slow Motion Apocalypse, complete with visuals from frontman, and former Neurosis visuals wizard Josh Graham. Starting on a doomy yet tense footing, the friction-burn that kicks in is a carrier signal for a Josh’s taut vocals that are both a surveying of Bedlam and vision of carnage yet to come.