HellLight – Journey Through the Endless Storm

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/ Label: Solitude Productions
Released: 2015
Buy Album: http://www.solitudestore.com/en/product/helllight-2015-journey-through-endless-storms/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/helllightdoom and https://helllight.bandcamp.com/album/journey-through-endless-storms

Helllight

Band line-up:

Fabio De Paula: Vocals & Guitars
Alexandre Vida: Bass
Rafael Sade: Keyboards

Tracklisting:

1. Journey Through the Endless Storm
2. Dive In the Dark
3. Distant Light That Fades
4. Time
5. Cemetherapy
6. Beyond Stars
7. Shaping Forms of Emptiness

Review

Often described as lords of the Brazilian doom metal scene, Hellight are a trio from Sao Paulo whose influences span from Bathory to Candlemass. Their most recent endeavour Journey Through the Endless Storms offers up a tear jerking array of abysmal noise that is as formidable to the doom metal genre as it is menacing to the ear.

Unveiling themselves with an aura of darkness, Hellight’s ability to retain a sense of foreboding becomes apparent from the outset. Stepping out of an orchestral backdrop, the slow guitars and guttural vocals erupt in full gloominess. Full of atmosphere and cloaked in a shadowy veil, the giant sized riffs and agonizing vocals drag everything forward as if carrying a gravestone to a funeral.

The band attains an all out catharsis in the guitars of ‘Dive In the Dark’ which depicts a mournful procession, amidst weighty drum rolls. Meanwhile, the band’s impressive use of lead guitar halts and beckons towards introspective misery.

The grief stricken whispers found in ‘Time’ slides into sombre laments as the enraged double kick peddle simmer effortlessly. However, it is the piano-led moments of anguish that will grab you by the throat more than anything!

The album may come off as being too lengthy for the average ear, and too bleak for the faint of heart. Nevertheless, the overwhelming weight of ’Beyond Stars’ shows that the band are unwilling to let anyone depart before their ceremony is done.

What makes this an essential listen for 2015 is that they don’t just deliver slowed-down metallic anthems like their contemporaries. What’s here is an essence of majesty and self-reflection that play upon your senses and throw you into your very own burial ground. If these guys do not become globally recognised as the most promising force within the doom metal genre, then there is something seriously wrong with the world!

Review by Ben Spencer
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