Light Bearer - Lapsus 2x12"
Light Bearer is a band that takes post-metal to extremes: half of the songs on Lapsus exceed fourteen minutes in length, complete with an intro, outro, and several movements along the way. The vocals are roars scattered throughout these massive pieces of songwriting; the guitars burn slowly above crashing drums like a storm pounding waves against a rocky coast. Effervescent strings waft in and out of the metamorphic layers of sound, gentle rays of hope among the chaos. This is music on an enormous scale; primal in its aggression but decidedly human in its calculated, inexorable march towards a raging climax. Such grand sonic scope is rather fitting, since the subject matter of Lapsus is derived from both Milton’s Paradise Lost and Dante’s Inferno. The album tells the story of Lucifer (the eponymous Light Bearer) and his fall from heaven, portraying him not as the evil biblical entity, but as a tragic figure, an angel deceived, betrayed, and cast out. “I will not blithely wilt / in the light of your glory / I will not blindly walk / and glimpse the void,” he cries in the titular song.