Wednesday, 20 May 2020

ALBUM REVIEW: Lesser Glow, "Nullity"

By: Peter Morsellino

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 29/05/2020
Label: Pelagic Records

“Nullity” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). The Great Imitator
2). Red Ayrag
3). Fosterng The Nullity
4). Alone in the Column
5). Versterven
6). I am the Island
7). The Great Filter
8). Toba

The Review:

Boston Massachusetts based sludge troupe, Lesser Glow return with their second release, “Nullity”.  An equally destructive and emotionally vulnerable epic of an album, Lesser Glow take the sludge genre to another level with this one.

With an experimental sound that takes great strides beyond the sludge metal genre, “Nullity” features a perfectly crafted dichotomy that exists both in the realms of serene beauty and hellish chaos simultaneously.  Like an oasis caught between the warring landscapes of heaven and hell, this is a space all its own.

Bludgeoning riffs slog along in the doom tradition, much as you may expect. Attentive listeners, however, will note the intricacies involved.  Without venturing far from the route sound, Lesser Glow combine the punishing cacophony of sludge with moments of blissful, almost religious atmosphere. This provides the group with an air of severity. There is an almost primal need to perk up and listen to what's going on here.

The immaculate hymnal passages are interspersed with powerful grooves and spacious atmospheres, creating a space that is both chaotic and serene, all at once.  The song writing here is emotionally rich, with the group being able to layer different feelings deep into their sound. The listener is welcomed to these feeling, they are not thrust upon them.  Rather the feeling is more of an invitation to be taken on the album's musical journey.

Lesser Glow have crafted a sound that is very much their own on “Nullity”, cementing themselves as major contenders when it comes to the progressive sludge scene.  Uniquely tuned into the same ether that they project, this is a group that has huge potential to bring the genre into the deep space it has been reaching for since its inception.

“Nullity” is available HERE

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