Light Bearer – Lapsus

Here’s a band worth keeping an eye on. Light Bearer, formerly Aeshættr (UK), may be the most ambitious post-metal project to emerge from the British underground since the mighty Fall of Efrafa. After years of writing, the band has just wrapped up the recording of its debut full-length, ‘Lapsus’, the first chapter of a four-part epic recounting the tale of Lucifer’s banishment from heaven. Listen to the first two tracks here.

Comparisons with Fall of Efrafa could be well grounded: it looks as if the two bands share a frontman (Alex), whose crusty bellowing and love of lofty concepts are as strong as ever. But Light Bearer are taking their own direction, as you can hear from these two tracks. The strong sense of melody and rich harmonies remind me of much-missed Scottish favourites Aereogramme. It’s hard not to compare the heavier moments to later Fall of Efrafa, but where that band drew its force from dark, earthy powerchords, Light Bearer are building huge chords bolstered by well-orchestrated strings. This won’t be to every LURKER reader’s taste, but I can’t wait to hear the rest of the record.

‘Lapsus’ is out on Alerta Antifascista, Halo of Flies and Tokyo Jupiter this March.

7 Comments

  • Reply January 25, 2011

    Starcide

    The songs they put up are great, really looking forward to the whole thing. I don’t think Alex would be involved if they wern’t at least as good as Fall of Efrafa.

  • Reply January 25, 2011

    Zen

    Really great stuff. Just what I was expecting, but a few moments really stuck out and really made it feel unique and special. 2xLP, here I come!

  • Reply February 2, 2011

    stephen

    these guys should really take some more time to research their band names…

    http://www.myspace.com/lightbearerband

    myspace.com/aesahaettrdestroyerofgods

  • Reply February 4, 2011

    alex

    I actually started the band, and chose then name aesahaettr in 2005, and sadly someone used it before we recorded anything. We chose light bearer as this was the original name for our first record, and also the entire point of our concept. (lucifer meaning Light bearer.) so shared names aside, we had a reason for using it. I don’t think it matters a great deal, unless you make up words or stray from the entire point of your band, its difficult to have an original name. I can only hope that what we create makes up for the name.

  • Reply February 22, 2011

    CultMetalSerge

    I’m loving the long-spanning concept behind this and future releases and the samples on myspace were enough to pre-order.

    Are you planning on making a release every year?

  • Reply March 10, 2011

    Matthew

    Hopefully every year but we’re not going to rush ourselves. As long as it takes. We’ve already started writing for a 6 way split and our second album. Hope you enjoy Lapsus!

    Matthew

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