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A Storm of Light – Lifeless

The guitars at the start of “Lifeless” hang slow and steady and mean, suggesting the convoluted doom that’s familiar from A Storm of Light’s previous output. But the drums are fast, seemingly caught in a perpetually tumbling roll. that holds until the riff falls in line with the rhythm and the song rolls ahead, like an especially swift battle tank moving into position. That’s largely the premise of Nations to Flames, which finds the New York trio speeding up its songs without slimming their heft much at all. When “Lifeless” heads for its coda, supporting the band’s full weight with drums that refuse to languish beneath it, the strategy feels loaded and wonderful. Southern Lord releases Nations to Flames on September 17.

By Grayson Haver Currin; August 21, 2013