Monday, August 23, 2021

Full Length Review: Drift Into Black "Patterns Of Light" (Black Doomba Records) by Corban Skipwith

Band: Drift Into Black
Location: New Jersey
Country: USA
Genre: Melodic doom metal
Full Length: Patterns Of Light
Format: Digital album, limited edition vinyl LP
Label: Black Doomba Records
Release date: May 28, 2021
It’s not very often you hear an album with both Black Metal and Classic Heavy Metal vibes, so let’s talk about it!
Patterns Of Light by Drift Into Black.
So, this is the May release by the band, to my knowledge their most recent album and it features a tracklist of 8 songs.
The first thing I want to mention that really grabbed my attention was the amazing synchronized harmony between Melodic Black Metal and Classic Heavy Metal (as mentioned above).
It’s less the combination and more the fluency that surprises me because in theory those two should mix well, considering how many numerous Black Metal/Folk combinations there are out there, it only makes sense that these two would blend. The part that I feel makes this whole project come together perfectly is the production.
From the opening track you can hear the melody seemingly pouring into the ear of the listener, you can hear all the individual instrumentation pop out with bright colours and flavours.
You can hear the amazing vocal performances given to further enhance the project’s smooth experience.
If I had to describe the singing imagine Dio mixed with some Trivium (clean vocals) and that’s the vibe I’m getting.
I also love how they are able to create this fantastically cohesive listen from start to finish.
It’s one thing to have beautifully created tracks but if you don’t utilize them properly and make sure that each song flows into the next to create the said ‘seeming less’ experience then it’s all for nothing or more realistically it’s less enjoyable knowing that In between each song is either unfitted production, prolonging silence or improper use of textures, influences, and samples.
What I’m trying to say is, when you’re going for a melodic album it’s been to make sure the whole project runs its course like a river! Take Led Zeppelin IV, for example, one of the most perfect albums in existence to the point it’s almost magical!
The fluency in that album is top tier and every song whether heavier or softer fits together perfectly with the rest of the album.
In short, this band does the same type of perfectionism on this project, its heavy when it needs to be, it’s melodic when it has to be and they focused on the album as a whole to create a brilliant/majestic experience that won’t be soon forgotten! –Corban Skipwith

Craig Rossi: Vocals, guitars, keyboards
Rick Habeeb: Guitars
Paul LaPlaca: Bass, megatar
Klemen Markelj: Drums

Track list:
1. The Silent Autumn
2. Among the Beast
3. Mother in Peril
4. The Burial Gown
5. Thread of Hope
6. Her Voice from Beyond
7. Patterns of Light Pt1
8. Patterns of Light Pt2

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