Light Bearer
Silver Tongue


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Newton USER (43 Reviews)
February 9th, 2013 | 64 replies | 4,014 views


Release Date: 02/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “And Light Bearer finally said, Let there be Silver Tongue. And we listened to Silver Tongue, and it was good."

7 of 8 thought this review was well written

Post-metal is an inherently self-indulgent genre, where bands posture about ideals and enrapture your world with apocalyptic soundscapes, but sometimes that's what makes it awesome. In the tradition of legendary outfits Neurosis and Godspeed You! Black Emperor (who aren't metal but have an immeasurable impact on all things post), Light Bearer continue to up the ante on multi-dimensional album-crafting. The story behind Lapsus and Silver Tongue is as important as the thunderous audial creations themselves, and is required reading for fans seeking the full experience intended by the band.

Lapsus told of Lucifer’s rise against the false God, the malicious tyrant. In this sequel, Lucifer rises from Hell upon the tower of Dis and cries his message of oppressed truth, a shard of hope that pierces the Authority’s lies and plants a seed of doubt in the heart of the first human. This doubt is the key to man’s ability to question his origins and God’s will, to pursue that seed of truth in a quest for self-realization and free will. This tiny victory, seemingly insignificant in the cosmic war of good and evil, parallels our own struggle for meaning in an abstract and arbitrary world. Yes, it’s an incredibly pretentious concept, but it’s a story that compels you to think, to question, and to return time and time again.

Light Bearer’s sound is at once incredibly dense and deceptively simple. Imagine Isis at their sparsest and heaviest with the acoustic flourishes and heartrending string arrangements of Fluxion-era The Ocean. The band went though a fair amount of upheaval between their first two albums, recruiting a new drummer and bassist, but the core remains, driven by singer and story author Alex CF. As with Lapsus, the song structures sprawl across peaks and valleys, often upwards of ten or fifteen minutes in length. Guitarists Matthew and Jamie form the foundation of each song, working across a full spectrum of intensity through the album. In “Matriarch”, the two weave together emotive, delay-drenched guitar solos like something off “Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 3,” backed by ominous string arrangements and pounding tom-toms. In stark contrast, “Aggressor and Usurper” blasts out of the gate with crushing “So Did We”-style guitar harmonies and double-time crash cymbals, Alex’s harsh shouts cutting through the churning rhythm like a navigation bell near rocky shoals. After several minutes, a requiem of piano chords and melancholy cello takes over, lulling you gently away for a few minutes before a wall of guitar and manic, off-kilter drumming snap you back to reality.

The songs on Silver Tongue are less defined than on Lapsus, often totally irreverent of structure as they adhere closely the overarching story. With its gorgeous intro and constantly evolving dynamics, opener “Beautiful Is This Burden” could be an EP unto itself a la “Celestium Apocrypha” (a twenty-minute behemoth from last year’s Northless split). On the other hand, such through-composition can make for a really, really long listen. As things slow down towards the middle of the album, the dirge-like chords of “Amalgam” and “Matriarch” give reason to wonder if Light Bearer couldn’t have axed some of the more mundane moments here. While the increased prominence of actual singing is a nice touch, most of the vocals are still Alex’s harsh roars, which, despite his consistently excellent tone and phrasing, are disappointingly unintelligible. Those great concepts and poetic lyrics aren’t much good without a lyrics sheet.

After a number of delays due to lineup changes and a hiatus, Silver Tongue is finally, mercifully, here. Expectations for such an album are hard to pin down, but Light Bearer have done an excellent job creating a piece of work that retains the spirit of its predecessor but moves forward stylistically. Increased emphasis on clean vocals and blending orchestral arrangements with heavy climaxes help unify this very long-winded work (Silver Tongue is, in fact, longer than Tool’s Lateralus). If you weren’t impressed by Lapsus, you probably won’t gaze in awe at this frightening and wondrous new beast either. If, however, you’ve had the fortune of being swept away by Light Bearer’s previous monolithic songwriting and storytelling forays, then this will be a blissful return to a paradise lost.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fromtheinside
February 9th 2013



17714 Comments


didn't read after the first two sentences cause they're stupid

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Myrkur
February 9th 2013



164 Comments


says the guy who likes linkin park

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



7971 Comments


that first paragraph is so so stupid

fromtheinside
February 9th 2013



17714 Comments


"says the guy who likes linkin park"

love. i fucking love LP. get it right noob.

i know right curse that's what i said

Myrkur
February 9th 2013



164 Comments


Lapsus was the most boring album ever made so i don't know if i should hear this or not

pedro70512
February 9th 2013



2405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah that first paragraph was me being kind of a curmudgeon. I guess that's what the edit button is
for.

XingKing
February 9th 2013



10029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Last two sentences are extremely correct

oltnabrick
February 9th 2013



30080 Comments


this album rules

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fromtheinside
February 9th 2013



17714 Comments


meh

oltnabrick
February 9th 2013



30080 Comments


says the guy who likes linkin park


fromtheinside
February 9th 2013



17714 Comments


ya if this ain't korn wtf would i care?

Nikkolae
February 9th 2013



4766 Comments


i just got a DL link to this, gonna jam soooo hard.

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oltnabrick
February 9th 2013



30080 Comments


lol good job getting a DL for this


mustve taken a while

pedro70512
February 9th 2013



2405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

well there are a couple versions. there's a demo that the band has tried to quash, the mediafire version that's low quality, and the good one on bandcamp.

oltnabrick
February 9th 2013



30080 Comments


I was being sarcastic lol

fromtheinside
February 9th 2013



17714 Comments


does the higher quality one cut out, like, twenty minutes?

oltnabrick
February 9th 2013



30080 Comments


ye it does

pedro70512
February 9th 2013



2405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yes I got your sarcasm but it was worth pointing out. and as much as I enjoy this band and album, that's a valid question. one of my main criticisms in my review of The Seer was that it was way too long also.

Tyrannic
February 9th 2013



3261 Comments


did you just imply that GY!BE are post metal

pedro70512
February 9th 2013



2405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

uh, I didn't mean to. they're post-rock so I'll try to phrase that better. thanks.



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