Monday, April 04, 2011

Album: Light Bearer - Lapsus

Band: Light Bearer
Album: Lapsus
Label: Alerta Antifacista/Halo Of Flies Records/Moment Of Collapse
Year: 2011

01. Beyond The Infinite
02. Primum Movens
03. Armoury Choir
04. The Metatron
05. Prelapsus
06. Lapsus

Light Bearer formed in 2010, an all encompassing art/music/narrative project, based around a story written by their vocalist Alex (who is also the vocalist for Fall of Efrafa), who drew influence from the writings of Philip Pullman’s “His dark materials” trilogy, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, and the Book of Genesis, an allegorical tale in which to forward atheist/anti theist and free thought ideologies.

The band play a mixture of melodic post hardcore, progressive metal, post rock and ambient atmospheric drone, The songs are structured specifically to follow the narrative and therefore peak and trough in equal measure, mixing screamed desperate vocals with sung passages.

The story is split into four main parts, Lapsus, Silver Tongue, Magisterium and finally Lattermost Sword. The narrative begins with the metaphorical casting out of the protagonist Lucifer, an angel so loyal and in love with god that he could not submit when asked to bow before humanity, personified as Adam. For this act he is banished from heaven into the cold stigeon wastes below. Here he questions the Allfather – an entity who claimed the universe as his own. In doing so he realizes his master has lied, and vows to reach out from his desolate prison and become his namesake – to pass on the torch of free will to all life in the multiple universes.

The story continues in Silver Tongue, Magisterium and Lattermost Sword in which the torch is borne by the metaphorical Eve – the mitochondrial ancestor of humanity, her rejection of the will of the false god and the attempted rebellion against Heaven, her role and the role of the prophesied second Eve. The establishment of the church and the eventual culmination and war against the patriarchal god.

Alongside the four releases are planned EPs and split records, beginning with “Beyond the infinite, the assembly of god” – an elaboration of the introduction to the first album. A second narrative runs through records not included in the four main parts, which deals with the natural formation of the universe and the evolution of life.

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