May 222012

We’ve mentioned The Violitionist Sessions before, but you may have forgotten. In the words of the site’s proprietors: “The Violitionist Sessions are 3 questions and 3 songs with bands from Denton and passing through Denton, Texas. The sessions are all recorded live in a living room with no overdubs and no fancy tricks. The goal is to document a moment in time. This is what happened in Denton, Texas.

Yesterday, The Violitionist Sessions put up videos of the three songs recently performed in that living room by Brooklyn’s A Storm of Light. They also made the live recordings available for free download (in exchange for an e-mail address).

This is a band I lost track of. I got their debut album, And We Wept the Black Ocean Within (2008), after reading raves about it when it debuted. Somehow, I missed their next two full-lengths, including 2011’s Profound Lore release, As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade. What a dumbass I’ve been.

The three songs performed by the band for The Violitionist Sessions are “Silver”, “Missing”, and “Wretched Valley”. All three come from the band’s most recent album. I love this band’s name, but “A Storm of Darkness” would come closer to capturing the feel of their music. As manifested on these three songs, it’s a crushing, harrowing amalgamation of sludge, doom, post-rock, and a hail of bone splinters.

A Storm of Light was formed by Josh Graham, who has been a long-time visual collaborator with Neurosis and was a founding member of Red Sparowes. When the three Violitionist Session performances were recorded, he was joined by Domenic Seita (bass), Billy Graves (drums), and Andrea Black (guitar).

To watch all three videos and download the three live tracks, GO HERE.

Here are band links for A Storm of Light:

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