With the Underworld recently becoming a prestigious underground venue, there is no need to explain its size or acoustic strengths, but with this said it is hard to believe how sparse the crowd is tonight for a band who, not only have potential to compete to be one of the stronger post-metal contenders, but also have links to names such as the almighty Neurosis, which would surely leave Londoners’ tongues wagging. Nonetheless the crowd here are able to appreciate the instrumental power of the support tonight, Sons of Alpha Centuari, their Russian Circles-esque post-metal creates a gigantic sound for just a trio. Despite this, an extra guitarist could have perhaps helped keep the lead melodies going during the beautifully thunderous and long build-ups, no vocals
Like most post-metal and sludge of today, the visuals are often as important as the songs themselves, and after a gentle cinematic approach from SOAC, A Storm of Light break out to dark and dingy shots of natural disasters, the perfect accompaniment to their equally destructive post- metal. Dragging through the sludge and bass lines low enough to cause bowel problems, ASOL prove they are not just a side-project of Neurosis, creating a unique blend of heavier parts to create a density more like Godflesh, and replace quieter atmospheric parts with chugging riffs and dual vocals. A few newer tracks from ‘Forgive Us Our Trespasses’ showing a continuation of heaviness, whilst integrating prettier parts, however its more classic tracks that get the most approval from the slowly growing audience. Regardless of fan size, ASOL are consistent throughout tonight’s show, presenting precisely why they will continue with a success of their own both on stage and on record.
Review by Lily Randall
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