DROWNING THE LIGHT

Black Metal / Depressive Black Metal / Atmospheric Black Metal • Australia
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Following the split of Australian black metal band Baal Gadrial in 2003, vocalist Azgorh created Drowning the Light. Four demo tapes were recorded and given extremely limited distribution, being given out only to close friends. From 2003 to 2009 Azgorh has recorded 10+ demos, 10 full-length albums (5 of which were released in the same year: 2007) and material for a number of split albums under the Drowning the Light moniker.
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DROWNING THE LIGHT Drowned album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drowned
Depressive Black Metal 2004
DROWNING THE LIGHT A World Long Dead album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
A World Long Dead
Depressive Black Metal 2007
DROWNING THE LIGHT Through the Noose of Existance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Through the Noose of Existance
Depressive Black Metal 2007
DROWNING THE LIGHT To the End of Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To the End of Time
Black Metal 2007
DROWNING THE LIGHT Of Celtic Blood and Satanic Pride album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Of Celtic Blood and Satanic Pride
Black Metal 2007
DROWNING THE LIGHT The Serpents Reign album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Serpents Reign
Black Metal 2008
DROWNING THE LIGHT The Blood of the Ancients album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Blood of the Ancients
Black Metal 2009
DROWNING THE LIGHT A Pact with Madness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Pact with Madness
Black Metal 2009
DROWNING THE LIGHT An Alignment of Dead Stars album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
An Alignment of Dead Stars
Atmospheric Black Metal 2009
DROWNING THE LIGHT Catacombs of Blood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Catacombs of Blood
Black Metal 2010
DROWNING THE LIGHT Oceans of Eternity album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Oceans of Eternity
Black Metal 2011
DROWNING THE LIGHT From the Abyss album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From the Abyss
Black Metal 2015
DROWNING THE LIGHT Varcolaci Rising album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Varcolaci Rising
Black Metal 2017

DROWNING THE LIGHT EPs & splits

DROWNING THE LIGHT 06/06/06 It Begins Here... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
06/06/06 It Begins Here...
Black Metal 2006
DROWNING THE LIGHT Vampyric Winter album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Vampyric Winter
Black Metal 2009
DROWNING THE LIGHT Autumn Winds Enfold a Sea of Despair album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Autumn Winds Enfold a Sea of Despair
Black Metal 2009
DROWNING THE LIGHT Path of the Old Lunar Cult Empire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Path of the Old Lunar Cult Empire
Black Metal 2009
DROWNING THE LIGHT Nihasa / Drowning the Light / Possession Ritual album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nihasa / Drowning the Light / Possession Ritual
Black Metal 2009
DROWNING THE LIGHT A Reflection of the Past / Where the Sun was Never Born album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Reflection of the Past / Where the Sun was Never Born
Black Metal 2009
DROWNING THE LIGHT United by Iron Will album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
United by Iron Will
Black Metal 2009
DROWNING THE LIGHT The Fading Rays of the Sun album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Fading Rays of the Sun
Depressive Black Metal 2009
DROWNING THE LIGHT Drowning the Light / Acherontas album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drowning the Light / Acherontas
Black Metal 2010
DROWNING THE LIGHT The Land of the Dead Sun album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Land of the Dead Sun
Black Metal 2011
DROWNING THE LIGHT Crimson Wine / As the Blood Flows On... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crimson Wine / As the Blood Flows On...
Black Metal 2011
DROWNING THE LIGHT Moonflares album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moonflares
Black Metal 2011

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DROWNING THE LIGHT Flames of Sacrifice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flames of Sacrifice
Black Metal 2007
DROWNING THE LIGHT Tormented Nights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tormented Nights
Black Metal 2007
DROWNING THE LIGHT Rise of the Black Serpent album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rise of the Black Serpent
Black Metal 2010

DROWNING THE LIGHT re-issues & compilations

DROWNING THE LIGHT The Longing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Longing
Black Metal 2003
DROWNING THE LIGHT The Fallen Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Fallen Years
Depressive Black Metal 2006

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DROWNING THE LIGHT Oceans of Eternity

Album · 2011 · Black Metal
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It is easy to notice how much Drowning the Light has developed throughout the last few years. Lately I've been listening to their (or back then, his) 2007 albums, those scruffy sounds and cheap drum machines of e.g. A World Long Dead and To the End of Time, and when compared to such late efforts as their brand new Ocean of Eternity, the difference in quality is tangible. While the embryonic material has its own charm, the 2011 version of the band is heaps better when it comes to the compositions.

The sound is, however, still really lo-fi, the guitars and steady blast beats like a distant waterfall, so Drowning the Light hasn't really done any compromises; in fact, the production is more lo-fi than on An Alignment of Dead Stars. Oceans of Eternity continues in the vein of the latest full-lengths, this particular style in which they embarked on on The Blood of the Ancients two years back: largely melancholic and epic, at times almost melodramatic, underground black metal that momentarily gets into harsher, menacing sections. On this newest effort, things start familiarly with ”As the Shadows at Dusk Reach Our Enemies Throat” and its tremolo laden epic guitars as well as choral synths. The following title-track includes the first properly aggressive riffs but only for a while, and then ”The Cataclysmic Cycle of Renewal” and ”Oppression & Tyranny” get the mood back to the melodic, familiar soundscape. The latter is a particularly depressive and rather slow-paced piece.

Just when things could easily turn into dullness due to the repetitive nature of the songs, ”The Key Still Not Found” brings something new to the table. It is comparably a more haunting piece, and especially so when the ending part kicks in with its Atra and Ill Omen esque graveyard atmospheres: rotting, ghastly black metal! This highlight of the album does not lose at all to ”The Lunatic Tide” that also incorporates a tad deviant riffing from the usual Drowning the Light scheme. ”Drifting Away in a Sea of Sorrow (Part II)”, a peaceful interlude pays homage to its first part from An Alignment of Dead Stars and serves as a welcome breathing moment until the last black metal pieces of the album, ”The Poison Kiss” and ”The Runes Are Thrown & the Bones Are Spread (A Hymn to the Apocalypse)” start, these two ending the album in similar compositional style as the journey began: climatic choral synths atop the ringing, beautiful melodies and Azgorh's trademark rasps.

In all aspects, Oceans of Eternity is your very traditional Drowning the Light album, but heck, I can not deny the power of these riffs this time. There's been plenty of fillers on previous efforts, but this album seems like a really concise whole of thoughtfully chosen material. I find the album to be quite a perfect example of well-done underground black metal, a fist to those faces who claim that black metal requires something essentially new and refreshing to be good.

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DROWNING THE LIGHT Vampyric Winter

EP · 2009 · Black Metal
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Drowning the Light's material can be best described as hit and miss but on Vampyric Winter this Australian band offers good, yet short, tracks. As it is a seven inch vinyl, you can't really ask for more material.

"Black Candle Burning Out" is a simple, 1-minute keyboard intro track that sets the mood for the rest of the EP with its melancholic atmosphere. Next we have two sorrowful black metal tracks, the title track and "Last Sunset of a Dying Age". Drowning the Light still utilizes programmed drums, which is a minus, but they are bearable. Guitars are somewhat distant and have reverb on them, and Azgorh's shrieks are quite on top of everything - not too loud, though. The EP ends with "Frozen Stare", a fitting title for a beautiful guitar outro that I would love to hear in a more extended form.

While you can accuse Drowning the Light of putting out too much material, Vampyric Winter succeeds in being enough inspired sounding. The songs here have somewhat magical aura on them which is something I haven't witnessed on any other Drowning the Light release. Also, the melodies are of rather high quality. Vampyric Winter is definitely not essential, but a nice snack for Drowning the Light fans.

DROWNING THE LIGHT An Alignment of Dead Stars

Album · 2009 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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On An Alignment of Dead Stars, the extremely prolific Australian black metal cult Drowning the Light has reached its highest point, at least so far that is. The band's development every year from a release to another release has been clear, and one of the helping things is the inclusion of a full line-up - in other words, Drowning the Light doesn’t sound like a cheap bedroom black metal project anymore.

An Alignment of Dead Stars is a massive album: in length (70 minutes), in style, and in the size of the booklet. Although the compositions usually follow the common Drowning the Light pattern with sorrowful atmosphere in mid-tempo, tracks like ”Drinking the Sacrament of Eternity (Revenge of the Impaler)” show elements of RAC. Every now and then an acoustic interlude appears, and the acoustic guitars are often involved in the black metal songs too, building the songs to their climaxes. Synths have the same role, and it is these certain elements that keep the album from sounding too monotonous.

Hence the length of the album is not a too high barrier for me - anyways, most often I listen to this album in two sessions. An Alignment of Dead Stars is indeed the best release Drowning the Light has come up with so far, and it is clear that the members have put lots of thought into it. The only mediocre moments appear near the center of the album where songs like ”Crippled Lies and a Fallen Prophet” and ”Gone...” don’t reach as far as the rest of the album. Anyhow, An Alignment of Dead Stars flows nicely from the beginning to the end. Production-wise the album is unsurprisingly underground sounding, but also the clearest album they have put out so far. It will be interesting to see how, or if, Drowning the Light will ever beat this monster.

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