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EBONY LAKE

Experimental/Post Metal • United Kingdom


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EBONY LAKE is a UK Avant Prog Metal band and the brainchild of Ophelius (vocals, guitars and keyboards ) and Sighmon W. (drums) who decided to share their passion for gloomy literature (Bram STOKER, Edgar Allan POE) and romantic poetry (Lord BYRON) in a musical project involving Christopher GALLIOUS on bass and vocals, Mass aka Matthew FIRTH on guitars (previously in DOMINION), Amber on vocals, Yasmine AHMED on vocals and keyboards (previously in MY DYING BRIDE), Arian on keyboards.

In 1997 the seven-piece band recorded a demo "As Ghosts We Dance In Thrashing Seas," that was acclaimed by the critics of the underground avant-garde scene, due to its - then-uncommon - blend of technical extreme metal and avant-garde classical music. This demo helped them release in 1999 their sole record to date, the majestic "On The Eve Of The Grimly Inventive" on Cacophonous Records (the label that signed DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH, SIGH). The music proposed is an original mixture of technical black-metal and avant-garde classical (with influences drawn from great contemporary classical composers like PENDERECKI or PROKOFIEV, as well as horror movie soundtracks). Unfortunately, the passion didn't last long as the band split-up just after the release of their first record. Mass joined the death-metal band NAILED and Yasmine Ahmed attempted unsuccessfully to return to MY DYING BRIDE. As of April 2009, Ophelius and "Mass" reunited and EBONY LAKE, now a duet, are currently completing their new creation "A Lament For The Vile Triton & His Furious Bloodline."

::bio provided by Lucas Biela (lucas)::

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4.00 | 3 ratings
On the Eve of the Grimly Inventive
1999
3.91 | 4 ratings
In Swathes of Brooding Light
2011

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In Swathes of Brooding Light
Ebony Lake Experimental/Post Metal

Review by J-Man
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4 stars All the way back in 1999, Ebony Lake released an album that would go on to be a cult classic of sorts in the avant-metal community; entitled On the Eve of the Grimly Inventive, the twisted and grim style of experimental metal shown here by Ebony Lake was revolutionary given the time period. Unfortunately, the act disbanded shortly after the release of their debut, and it wasn't until 2011 that we got to hear more material from the English collective. It is excellent that Ebony Lake decided to get back in the studio and create some more music, though, because In Swathes of Brooding Light is a damn good album if you're into this style of music. Dark, experimental, and downright creepy at times, In Swathes of Brooding Light is not an album for everybody, but those with an open mind should find a lot to enjoy here.

Those familiar with Ebony Lake's classic debut should expect something similar from In Swathes of Brooding Light; if you're less acquainted with the band, their style resides somewhere between black metal and death metal with lots of gothic and avant-garde overtones. The act's English heritage shines through brightly as influences from early Cradle of Filth and My Dying Bride are plentiful throughout this observation, but the band generally sounds like the evil and demented cousin of Unexpect. Ebony Lake's eclectic and grim approach to avant-garde metal could make In Swathes of Brooding Light's 65 minute playing time too demanding, and although the album will take a few listens to completely sink in, the compositions are clearly the product of talented musicians. In Swathes of Brooding Light is one of those few albums that manages to be both incredibly dense and complex while still retaining a solid level of memorability - that's the mark of some excellent composers in my opinion, and the expertly crafted arrangements and fittingly bleak production are like icing on the cake.

In Swathes of Brooding Light is admittedly not an album for every occasion - I can only put this on when I'm in the right mood - but it scratches my itch for twisted and dark avant-garde music every time such a craving arises. Ebony Lake has returned from an extended slumber with an observation that should satisfy all of their existing fans, and hopefully get them some new ones as well. Any devout listener of avant-metal owes it to themselves to hear this haunting and nightmarish album - you won't regret it!

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