Pale From Sunlight hails from South Dakota (USA) and constists of Vemetrith and Krullnaag. The band was actually started as an experiment but after their first e.p. received a lot of positive feedback, the duo decided to continue the project and started writing and recording their first full-length. The result is named 'Love Was Never An Option' and it has become a very scathing album and an intense example of depressive black metal.
The flexibility of the metal genre is highly noticeable here. For the main part, the songs on this album remind me of the old days of Scandinavian black metal where bands like Darkthrone or Carpathian Forest dwell. On the other hand, it also reminds me of some one-man black metal bands like Xasthur. However, the most surprising, and refreshing, element is the presence of post-rock influences, which actually gave new life to the present day black metal scene. Personally, when I encounter this combination, I'm always interested.
Now, don't get me wrong on this post-rock thing. A track like 'Out Of Reach' is still firmly rooted in the putrid soils of hell and it will sever your head from your body if it has the chance. Furious
blast beats, intense riffs and loathful screams are clearly the protagonists of this insane horror story. Yet, Pale From Sunlight succeeded in enhancing the obscure atmosphere with elaborate pieces of soundscapes and very decent post-rock. Here too these screaming vocals are often present, making this album even more wicked than it already is. It provides the album with an extra layer of mystery and darkness.
In all, 'Love Was Never An Option' (both the album and the song) is still a maelstrom of evil, hopelessness and despair and it will drag you down into utter bleakness if given the option. This is a highly versatile album with enough variation to keep the listener in its grasp for the whole duration. In fact, as far as I'm concerned, this album could be even longer. I can only hope this project will be continued and will be expanded to a full-blown live band.