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Year Of No Light
Crucial Blast

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 11, 2007
Somehow this band has escaped the obnoxious little clutches of hipster popularity. French! Art! Metal! Nord should be blasting from every boombox in McCarren Park and out of every car window on Silverlake Boulevard. Pitchfork should be reporting every time these Frenchmen eat a crepe. Their shows should be filled to capacity with throngs of assholes who look like they would rather be somewhere, anywhere, else.

Grand in scope and meticulous in execution, Year Of No Light have cleared a winding path through a dense thicket of heavy music. Delicate and dreamy one minute, crushing and violent the next, the band has crafted their own incongruous sound out of a myriad of styles.

Album opener "Selenite" sets a moving, but falsely optimistic, tone. Like a calm before the storm, the pleasantness is shattered as the album immediately downshifts into a torrent of howls amidst crashing guitars and a deep, droning undercurrent. Using extended song lengths to their advantage, the band wrings every ounce of emotion out of upwards of nine-minute running times. Segueing into and out of airy interludes, the band easily lives up to the tag of brutal shoegaze. Later, Nord comes to a fitting close with "La Bouche de Vitus Bering," slowly building up to a haunting climax before tapering off into sustained static. Juxtaposed against the album's lighter moments, this ending overwhelms Nord like unseen skeletal hands dragging it down into a dark and forbidding ocean.

Beautiful and unrelenting in its shadowy vision, digesting Nord in its entirety is an overpowering and visceral experience. Year Of No Light have earned their distinguished Alfoldy Eight rating.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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