Friday, February 08, 2013

Album: Light Bearer - Silver Tongue

Band: Light Bearer
Album: Silver Tongue
Label: Alerta Antifascista Records
Year: 2013

01. Beautiful Is This Burden
02. Amalgam
03. Matriarch
04. Clarus
05. Aggressor & Usurper
06. Silver Tongue

Light Bearer formed in 2010 in London, United Kingdom, the band is an all encompassing DIY art, music and narrative project, based around a story written by their vocalist Alex, who drew influence from the writings of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, and the Book of Genesis. Despite the subject matter, their lyrical content is aggressively atheist/ anti theist, feminist and anti speciesism. It is an allegorical tale which directly deconstructs and derails monotheistic mythology, attacking religious ideology which has created oppressive cultural norms around gender, sexuality, race, species and progressive thought.

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, collectively known as the "Æsahættr Tetralogy", the first is Lapsus, and subsequently 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. 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 desolation and become his namesake, amongst the other fallen angels - to pass on the torch of free will to all life in the multiple universes.

The story continues in Silvertongue, Magisterium and Lattermost Sword in which the torch is borne by the metaphorical Eve - the ancestor of humanity, her rejection of the will of the allfather, 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, these chronicle the uprising of those opposed to the false god, recorded in the "Celestium Apocrypha". Those privy to the truth, of the natural formation of the universe and the roles assumed by the characters in the story are charged with forwarding the original word of Lucifer, they are in turn, light bearers. This begins with the "Book of Watchers".

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