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Make sure your attention span is in for the long haul when popping in the sprawling effort by the French mavens of decimation by sound Year of No Light. NORD is the title of their 10-track, 60-minute affair where the musical compositions are as hypnotic as they are savage, juxtaposing atmospheric ambience with crushing metal throughout the course of the release to create an intense listening experience. Yes, the shameless smatterings of Isis, Neurosis, and Godflesh embedded in this quintet's repertoire rear their heads consistently here, yet the way which this band showcases the massive buildups and suspenseful breakdowns which span throughout this duration of this epic tirade caste new hues of light over familiar shades. The pulsating flow established by this outfit's meticulous melodicism and brutal browbeatings help to declare Year of No Light as not just a clone of the aforementioned, but a force standing on its own merit in the pursuit of creating mind blowing music.
- Mike SOS