Meditative, melancholic, and minimalistic, every instant of ĎAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light IIí bears a fragility all its own. The tones, the textures, the nuances of the improvised nature of the tracks are dense, hypnotic, and heavy, heavier in fact than any album with a distorted guitar at its core. The prominent cello work of Lori Goldston adds a ghost-like ambience to the low end as it gently sweeps and swells, and Adrienne Daviesí restrained drums are loose and catch the beat just as itís about to fall. The spaces between the lines are left open for exploration, interpretation, and the subtleties of the bandís in-the-moment interaction creating a compelling call-response relationship with the listener. Every note lingers, hovers, hangs in the ether, their being allowed to brightly shine before fading back into nothingness. More doom in spirit than in sound, the tracks slowly unfurl in an album that is slow and introspective in its deliberation. The dramatic tension may be understated but itís in no way no less powerful or moving. The album is sombre but never depressing and thereís plenty of light. Easily the accomplished counterpart to its very impressive predecessor, ethereal and enchanting, ĎAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light IIí is magnificent.
ANGELS OF DARKNESS, DEMONS OF LIGHT II
Review by Jason Guest
13th Feb 2012
1) Sigil of Brass 2
2) His Teeth Did Brightly Shine 2
3) Waltz (A Multiplicity of Doors) 2
4) The Corascene Dog 2
5) The Rakehell 2
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"...the nuances of the improvised nature of the tracks are dense, hypnotic, and heavy, heavier in fact than any album with a distorted guitar at its core."