Brotherhood of Sleep – Dark as Light

Generally the idea of a power trio makes me think that a band is either going to be wonderfully amazing or a total piece of shit. There are no other options. I guess this is because if you’re in a trio you have less members, so each person has to contribute a lot more.

So right now we’re dealing with a trio called Broderhood of Sleep (not to be confused with the Down’s moniker The Brotherhood of Eternal Sleep), who hail from Greece with Dark as Light as their second album, after their 2009 self titled debut. Four, entirely instrumental pieces that clock over ten minutes each make up this album. The album consists of stonerized heavy psychedelia, widening the Greek scene that began to take shape ages ago with acts such as Socrates Drank the Conium among many others. Mostly in the heavy riff-driven waters, Dark as Light shows its diversity by partially employing elements of progressive rock improvisation. As the album runs, each of these four massive chops is a story per se and Dark as Light is wonderful at making sure the listener pays attention to them. The droning, coldblooded riffs of George G. are the most consistent factor of the album and Serafim G’s over-the-edge snares and crashes build up the atmospheric passages of interpreting dark and light. The bass lines of Danis A. create a strong transitional bond between the guitars and drums. Danis has some particularly glimmering moments especially on Naze, being the longest track (over 14 minutes). This particular track is probably the best one for showing the band’s idea of seeing dark as light. Although I already mentioned the significance of every member in a trio-based outfit, when it comes to Brotherhood of Sleep the drumer takes the biggest piece of the cake. His drumming is astonishing, sometimes overdisplayed by its intensity with interesting fills and clockwork crashes and it really makes the difference.

George G. on the other hand is mostly concerned with riffs, but he doesn’t forget to solo. His solo adventures are actually just like that, adventurous and mostly come as a filler for the overall atmosphere. Of course, you cannot expect a psychedelic-stoner rock based band to employ arpeggios and whatnot, but the guitar soloing on Dark as Light is constructed as an atmospheric addition. George delivers his tour de force moment on Aranian Gates. The guys are the inexhaustible source of inspiration to each other. It’s amazing to hear that blend of guitar, drums and bass working in such a good lock-step. Speaking of the track itself, its vibrations recall Om as a reference patterned through a bit of YOB’s droneage. The grand finale of the album, Dark as Light is the mostly spacey piece, especially because of the reverb that accompanies the guitar. Aside from its differently approached structure in comparison with the previous three tracks, it still gives the same vibe of being a part of Dark as Light.

In closing, I need to say that no matter the quality of this record (which is unquestionable) Brotherhood of Sleep has still enough space for further develoment. I expect more from them next time, and but I’m sure they can deliver.

Tracklist:

Afterlife Unearthed
Naze
Aranian Gates
Dark as Light

Line-up:

George G. – guitars
Danis A. – bass
Serafim G. – drums

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.
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