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HellLight come back to us with a double cd; the second one being made of unexpected covers... for an awkward result.

Brazil's HellLight make no attempt to be sly or cryptic about the kind of music they play. One look at the title of this release, and you know exactly what you're in for; Funeral Doom. This particular release comes packaged with an additional CD The Light That Brought Darkness, which consists of the original title track and 6 cover versions.

As the title of the first disc suggests, HellLight play Funeral Doom Metal replete with slow to mid tempo arrangements, long songs, atmospheric keyboards and a blend of clean and growled vocals. The melodies within the guitar parts are good, but some of the songs seem to drag on needlessly. I feel like some of them should end before they do, and some are a little too repetitive. Also, I can't put my finger on it, but it even feels like some of it is very slightly out of time. Some of the drums seems a little clumsy. Ultimately, the songs have much potential, but fall short in the end and for that reason I find it hard to enjoy them.

The second disc, The Light That Brought Darkness, shows a slight improvement with the title track. The same elements are present, yet the execution is more skilled and carries a stronger sense of conviction. This song is the most enjoyable track on the entire 2-disc set. That's not to say that some of the covers aren't interesting. The Pink Floyd and Neil Young covers are, at the very least, worth a few spins. The band did a good job of staying true to the originals while running them through the HellLight filter on both "Comfortably Numb" and "Hey Hey My My". The other covers still strike the same balance musically, but vocally they just fall short. Especially Queen's "The Show Must Go On".

Sadly, aside from the title track on the second disc, there's not much else here to bother with.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
CD 1:
1. Deep Siderial Silence
2. Funeral Doom
3. Nexus Alma
4. The Diary (Instrumental)
5. Life In Darkness
6. Afterlife
7. In Memory Of The Old Spirits
CD 2:
1. The Light That Brought Darkness
2. Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath)
3. How The Gods Kill (Danzig)
4. Hey Hey My My (Neil Young)
5. Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
6. Man Of Iron (Bathory)
7. The Show Must Go On (Queen)

Duration : Approx: ?? minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-06-13 by Shawn Pelata
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