Light Bearer
Beyond the Infinite: The Assembly of God


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Newton USER (43 Reviews)
May 9th, 2012 | 7 replies | 2,996 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid introduction to the Light Bearer canon.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

There are bands that take their music seriously, and then there is Light Bearer. Behind the monolithic riffs and post-metal crescendos is a group of musicians who have a story to tell, and Light Bearer’s scheduled four-album cycle is their medium. Drawing from a wide array of influences, including the Book of Genesis, Dante’s Inferno, Paradise Lost, and His Dark Materials, Light Bearer have put together an epic narrative as a metaphor for human nature and the corruption of religion. Also presented over the tetralogy are ideologies on such diverse subjects as gender discrimination, the evolution of sexuality, and cultural stereotypes. This is a band that has put a great deal of time and thought into their project, and so far the results are stunning.

The central story goes something like this: in Lapsus, their debut LP, God creates the angels, with Lucifer his most beloved. When the Almighty chooses mankind as his subjects of choice, he demands the angels bow to them; however, in his devotion, Lucifer refuses to bow to any but God himself. Lucifer is cast out for his insolence, and realizes how the creator’s vanity has made him a tyrant. Lucifer becomes determined to enlighten mankind to their God’s evil ways. He leads a rebellion against God, but is eventually cast into the void of Hell. In his eternal prison, the Light Bearer concedes that he no longer belongs in Heaven, for without God’s love, he is forever lost.

Beyond the Infinite: The Assembly of God serves as a prequel to Lapsus. In the band’s words, the EP is “an elaboration of the introduction to Lapsus. The lyrics are exalting the false God and his claim over creation – this is the lying sermon.” Accordingly, the song begins with similar creepy atmosphere as its shortened Lapsus version. Here, however, the spoken-word intro precedes the chime motif, which is subsequently built upon. Staccato guitar notes and dramatic tom-tom rolls drive the song tensely on until everything drops out. The first riff then bursts in, with Alex CF’s belted vocals following suit. The soundscapes add a chaotic layer beneath the instruments, as if the matter of the universe is swirling and condensing around the musicians as they play. Brilliantly syncopated drumming accompanies an ethereal break, foreshadowing the main line from Primum Movens. Dissonant guitar lines give way to crashing riffs as the song builds, with three distinct peaks before breaking into…silence?

Oh, that’s right, it’s an introduction. Of course it ends on a cliffhanger. Onward, then, to Lapsus.



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pedro70512
May 9th 2012



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short review for a short EP. Is there a way around the broken editing link? I forgot you can't put italics in the summary.

Nikkolae
May 9th 2012



4830 Comments


i hope they fix the edit bug soon but as for the review its a A+, the song is amazing as well, pos'd

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pedro70512
May 9th 2012



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ugh. "God creates and angels". and --> the

XingKing
October 27th 2012



10412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I saw a soundoff for their live album and a news post about it and yet the news post won't let you comment and the album for the soundoff isn't even showing up. I'M BEING BLUE BALLED SO FUCKING HARD. I just want to post in the comment so I can say fuck yeah, but I will bump this nice review instead.

BloodandRainbows
October 27th 2012



221 Comments


yeah neither has been approved yet so they're just ghost pages. it shouldn't take twelve hours to get news articles approved...

Ignimbrite
December 12th 2012



5314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually like this more than Lapsus...

BloodandRainbows
December 12th 2012



221 Comments


You'd probably also like Celestium Apocrypha from the Northless split too.



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