Sunlight’s Bane – The Blackest Volume: Like All the Earth Was Buried (Released February 17, 2017 – Innerstrength Records)
Ranging from the calm of post-black metal to the discord and disorder of grindcore, Sunlight’s Bane plays to the extremities of extreme to produce an album in utter disarray.
With a furious delivery Sunlight’s Bane are unable to perform half measures. TBVLATEWB is in total chaos from the outset of Praise the Venom Shield to the dirty bass line and hell that is To Whom I Await. Spastic, screams and growls berate the listener then sweet riffs and open spaces give brief pause but no respite as the next sonic attack is expected like a punishing backhand. Came No Dawn builds in chaos, roaring and tumbling over itself it enters fields of brief calm only to drop the listener into the next pocket of hell. The entire album is like rolling through a field of daisies spotted with landmines.
When the album is not scathing in hellish torment it wallows in angry lows, furious rage boiling below the surface with big crunchy riffs. The tumbling boulders of Begrudging Soul are entirely unpredictable, rolling in lazy masses. From Heaven Wept is quick and crushing like the boulders have given way to a light storm of gravel. The boulders have been turned to dust which still whips the listeners face, scathing their now crushed bodies with an unabating assault.
TBVLATEWB rushes and tumbles over itself, flailing about and leaves me confused but satisfied.