Epoch of Unlight - _Caught in the Unlight_
(The End Records, 2001)
by: Aaron McKay (10 out of 10)
If you are not familiar with this band -- GET familiar with them, because I believe they embody all that is American (intense/melodic) black metal. Currently an abysmally strong and tight three-piece outfit, Epoch of Unlight (Tino LoSicco -- drums; Jason Smith -- guitar and vocals; Joseph Totty -- bass) have captured all that is melodious and exacting in the essential core of the black metal milieu. This invaluable ten song release of near priceless proportions is next to essential in any metal-lover's collection. Allow me to explain why: have you ever heard a Proscriptor (Absu) lyrical detonation wrapped up in a diamond-clear Gates of Ishtar (a la _A Blood Red Path_) veneer? Me either, not really, until now. "At my signal -- unleash Hell", begins the sample at the start of the maliciously executed track six, "Ululant Cries". I'm willing to say, you've heard nothing this labyrinthine in a -very-, -very- long time. Epoch of Unlight, needless to say, is -hard- to sufficiently paint vividly on a canvass comprised of merely words. If you haven't heard Epoch of Unlight before, seek this uncompromising effort out if you have any determination at all to envision sublime perfection. This may be as close as you'll get.

(article published 3/13/2001)


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