Of Night And Light is the debut album by post-hardcore/alternative rock band Of Night And Light, independently released on September 1, 2017. The 8-track album moves swiftly between ambient instrumentals and soft vocals to heavy but articulate riffs and screams, creating a rich dynamic that crosses multiple genres from indie rock to metal.
The album begins with the high-energy alt. rock opener Broken, previously released as a single in February 2017. It is followed by alternative metal thrasher Leviathan, characterized by high-gain and searing vocals. Next is Collateral, a track more reminiscent of heavy pop-punk as the sauntering bass line carries through harmonized vocals. Arson sparks a very pensive movement in the album as it flows from soft melodies to heavy peaks, progressing seamlessly into the companion instrumental track Wildfire which ignites to an explosive end. Reconcile features ambient swells and large choruses, also debuting a now bi-amped/octave bass which could easily be mistaken for an electric guitar that is also prominent in the following song. Of Night And Light is one of the most complex tracks on the album, with strong progressive structure swept forward by droning percussion that builds wildly throughout the dark-sounding piece. The album closes with the stripped-down indie rock ballad Hope, departing from the band's heavier roots and leaving the listener with a thoughtful ending.
The first three songs (Broken, Leviathan, Collateral) were recorded in just over a day at The Fredonia School of Music in Fredonia, NY. Arson, Wildfire, Reconcile, Of Night And Light, and Hope were recorded at GCR Studios in Buffalo, NY, with select vocals recorded by the band in their home in Buffalo.
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