HellLight - Journey Through Endless Storms (CD)

death doom metal, Solitude Productions, Solitude Productions
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In the brand new full-length album by the lords of Brazilian funeral doom metal scene, HellLight, they have found the ultimate balance of atmospheric and melodic, most clearly expressing their vision of the genre and displaying all their typical and iconic sides, formed in the previous works. In the «Journey Through Endless Storms» the listeners meet the majestic keyboards combined with plangent dark guitars, solid growl shaded by clean male vocals inserts, and piercing guitar solos. All this means that the journey begins and it will be breathtaking!

Tracklist:
1 Journey Through Endless Storm 12:06
2 Dive In The Dark 10:44
3 Distant Light That Fades 11:47
4 Time 12:56
5 Cemetherapy 08:57
6 Beyond Stars 09:31
7 Shapeless Forms Of Emptiness 09:54
8 End Of Pain 03:26

Artist:
HellLight
Artist Country:
Brazil
Album Year:
2015
Title:
Journey Through Endless Storms
Style:
death doom metal
Format:
CD
Type:
CD Album
Package:
Jewel Case
Label:
Solitude Productions
Cat No:
SP. 108-15
Release Year:
2015
Barcode:
4627080610903
Country Of Manufacture:
Russia
Review
Aristocrazia
16.01.2017

I sudamericani Helllight, nel suono più europei che mai, sono una band funeral doom di serie A che ha dimostrato uscita dopo uscita di far parte di quella sparuta schiera di gruppi che sa sempre come dire la propria. L'ultimo disco "Journey Through Endless Storms", in giro da settembre del 2015, non ha fatto altro che ribadire tale concetto.

Fabio De Paula e soci ci hanno abituato bene e i loro lavori mantengono salde le caratteristiche che li hanno resi una realtà di grande impatto e carisma. In questa ennesima circostanza la bravura con la quale vengono riversati fiumi di atmosfera malinconica e funerea pare indiscutibile, grazie all'estensiva quanto solenne partecipazione dei sintetizzatori e all'egregio lavoro delle chitarre nell'imprimere un passo melodico pesante e raffinato. Allo stesso modo la prestazione di De Paula dietro al microfono è di qualità, egli guarnisce e accrescere il tasso di drammaticità delle tracce, alternando in maniera esemplare il growl tombale al solito commovente canto pulito. Tutto ciò ha fatto sì che venissero recapitate al nostro udito gemme di assoluto e romantico grigiore come "Journey Through Endless Storms", "Distant Light That Fades", "Time" e "Shapeless Forms Of Emptiness".

Gli Helllight sono ormai da considerare come dei veri e propri aristocratici del genere e pertanto andrebbero posizionati soltanto una spanna al di sotto dei maestri indiscussi e indiscutibili (inutile ripeterne per la milionesima volta i nomi). Sofisticatezza e temperamento sono le qualità che li mantengono a distanza di sicurezza da quella mole di band, oggi vastissima, che riempe il mercato di prestazioni dignitose e nulla più, con le quali del resto "Journey Through Endless Storms" non ha molto a che spartire. I Brasiliani meritano l'ascolto e l'acquisto.

Author: Mourning
Review
Doom-Metal.com
9/10
04.08.2016

"In the brand new full-length album by the lords of the Brazilian Funeral Doom metal scene, HellLight, they have found the ultimate balance of atmospheric and melodic, most clearly expressing their vision of the genre and displaying all their typical and iconic sides, formed in the previous works. In the «Journey Through Endless Storms» the listeners meet the majestic keyboards combined with plangent dark guitars, solid growl shaded by clean male vocals inserts, and piercing guitar solos. All this means that the journey begins and it will be breathtaking!"

So it begins. This grabbed my attention from the opening stormy sample. Female operatic vocals float in and out and It paints a gloomy expanding picture of what's ahead. When the guitars crash in you know you're in some dark place with no way out. I love the simplicity of the opening riff, but with keys adding atmosphere it's simply just huge. It's quite rare that after the first song I would have been happy to hit rewind and start again.

Vocals are deep and pulverising and cascade against the ever present wall of guitars. They come in quite quickly in the song and you get everything in this first song from death grunts, clean vocals to spoken words. The clean parts are really well done and his voice carries really well over the guitars. Mournful, yet they breathe even more atmosphere into the songs.

'Dive in the Dark' continues this vein. More leads cut through in this song but still the weight of these riffs weigh you down and you can't help but smash your head to this monster. The melodies and leads are well structured and carry great emotion.

The bass is deep and heavy but cuts through in the mix. You can hear bass solos throughout, the album which I enjoy. Sometimes it's great to just listen to certain instruments within songs and if the production is spot on you can really appreciate the melodies.

All the songs are enjoyable and keep the same approach: drowning in misery, while you're just trying to keep your head above water. '...Beneath the Stars' starts with acoustic passages and really beautifully crafted melodies. This is a highlight for me, and shows the album is strong all the way through. There is nothing cheerful about this song, or even a glimmer of hope. The album comes to a close and it's one of reflection. A great work, and one the band can be proud of.

I'm gonna absolutely check all HellLight's previous works. I'm amazed how many great bands we miss each year. Highly recommend this to Funeral Doom fans who love atmospheric heavy songs.

Author: Riccardo Veronese
Review
Pavillon 666
8.5/10
31.10.2016

Encore du Solitude Prod ?
Et oui ! Le label Russe fait encore appel à nous pour un album sorti l'année dernière. Mais cette fois-ci, pas de musique Finnoise, Russe ou encore Norvégienne non. On sort de l'Europe et on se dirige dans le second hémisphère, plus précisément dans la ville de Sao Paul au Brésil. Pas de Thrash pourtant, ce pays étant bien connu pour cette scène de Metal, on va plutôt chercher (encore une fois) dans le Doom. C'est HELLLIGHT et son « Journey Through Endless Storms » qui nous intéresse aujourd'hui, cinquième full-length du groupe depuis sa création en 1996.
J'espère que je vous ai mis l'eau à la bouche avec cette mise en contexte. Moi, en tout cas, je l'ai !

Cet album est le plus long que j'ai à chroniquer depuis que je suis sur Pavillon. Pas moins d'une heure vingt de Funeral Doom/Death m'attend !
Et c'est avec le titre éponyme que s'ouvre cette épopée, sur un air de synthé, ou plutôt d'orgue, ouvertement démoniaque. Ce démon se terrant dans la musique des Brésiliens se manifeste plus particulièrement dans le chant, un growl caverneux, gras, semblable aux grognements d'une bête affamée recherchant une âme à dévorer. Il faut d'ailleurs noter le contraste apparaissant entre la voix et l'instrumentalisation : le growl sombre ne ressemble en aucun cas à la composition instrumentale, elle étant « un peu plus » angélique, mais l'ensemble se montre cohérent et ne nous perd pas.
La lenteur est bien présente. Même, on ne ressent que ça ! Avec un tempo tournant aux alentours de 60bpm (soit un battement par seconde, la minuterie devenant un métronome), l'effet de lenteur est assuré et nous fait porter le fardeau du Doom dit Funeral. On se voit marchant sur l'allée principale du cimetière portant le corps que la vie a abandonné afin de l'emmener dans son dernier refuge. Le rythme des pas se calque au rythme de la musique, le temps est gris et nos costumes noirs de blanc parsemés font le contraste.
Quelques ornementations musicales comprenant des violons et violoncelles viennent nous remonter le moral de temps à autre. Mais rien n'y fait. Tout est lent et c'est comme ça. Nous devons nous résoudre à subir ceci, que nous le voulions ou non. Et c'est là que nous nous rendons compte que la musique d'HELLLIGHT transporte. Les rythmes pachydermiques qui, autrefois, me rebutaient me font aujourd'hui me sentir vivant. Le Funeral Doom du trio ne ressemble pas aux autres. Il dégage une ambiance malsaine que peu de groupes arrivent à mettre en scène.
Chose à souligner, plus les titres défilent, plus leurs longueurs diminuent. Il y a deux façons de voir ceci. La première serait de dire que l'inverse aurait été plus judicieux afin de mieux nous préparer à la musique. Ce n'est pas ma façon de voir les choses. HELLLIGHT développe un Funeral Doom avec une pointe malsaine. Si l'album débute ainsi, cela veut dire que le trio veut nous faire porter un fardeau de suite, comme la peine qui s'abat sur nous après la mort soudaine d'un proche. Petit à petit, sans oublier, nous acceptons ce décès et nous sortons de la tempête (cf. le nom de l'album).
Un petit artifice terriblement efficace.

Le but de cette chronique n'est pas de vous faire la lecture pour mieux vous endormir. Il s'agit de vous mettre encore plus l'eau à la bouche et que l'envie de découvrir vienne à vous. C'est pour cela que je vais m'arrêter là.
Pour ma part, HELLLIGHT développe un Funeral Doom efficace et très bien orchestré. Peu de Doom m'avait vraiment saisi, la longueur qui étaient un frein à l'époque me refroidissant bien. Mais « Journey Through Endless Storms » est un voyage, une procession épuisante mais ô combien passionnante.
Oseriez-vous découvrir leur univers ?

Author: NegativeHate
Review
The Pi of the Damned
8/10
11.03.2016

Gli HellLight fanno parte di quella limitata schiera di band che qui nel Pozzo dei Dannati abbiamo visto nascere, crescere e divenire punto di riferimento per altre band dedite al funeral doom. Fa sempre un certo effetto sapere che l'oscuro quartetto (oggi rimasto in realtà un trio) arrivi dalla terra delle splendide spiagge e dei fenomeni del calcio, il Brasile, considerato il mortifero genere proposto. 'Journey Through Endless Storms' riprende là dove aveva lasciato 'No God Above, No Devil Below', ossia con i suoi ritmi lenti e ossessivi, carichi di cupa disperazione. Otto le tracce a disposizione per rievocare, attaverso ben ottanta estenuanti minuti, tetri presagi di oscura e lacerante decadenza. Già dall'iniziale titletrack, il terzetto di São Paulo ci delizia con marziali funebri melodie celebranti il rito della morte, sulle cui note si incrociano il growling e le clean vocals di Fabio de Paula, nonchè la delicata voce di una gentile ospite, Claudia o Ghisi (presente anche nella finale "End of Pain"). Le influenze per i nostri rimangono le stesse di sempre, con in testa i soliti Skepticism, Evoken e Thergothon, che presto verranno spodestati nel loro ruolo di punto di riferimento, proprio dagli HellLight. La musica si muove lenta e disperata come era lecito attendersi, rievocando nei momenti più incredibilmente malinconici, anche lo spettro dei Saturnus, come nel caso del lungo assolo conclusivo di "Dive in the Dark", song che peraltro vede la presenza di un altro ospite al violoncello. La pioggia continua a cadere tra un pezzo e l'altro, a testimoniare quel senso di pessimismo cosmico e profonda tristezza che intride l'album in toto. Tutti i pezzi sono ben bilanciati tra affannose chitarre profonde, e suadenti note di pianoforte. "Distant Light That Fades", nel suo nostalgico flusso sonico, mi ha richiamato addirittura la splendida e deprimente "Sear Me MCMXCIII" dei My Dying Bride dell'impareggiabile 'Turn Loose the Swans': seppur privo del violino, le emozioni strazianti che ho percepito erano molto simili a quelle della "Sposa Morente". Gli HellLight ci consegnano un nuovo capitolo della loro storia, confermandosi ancora una volta una band di eccellenza priva di macchie o passi falsi nella propria discografia, un ensemble che merita tutta la nostra stima

Author: Francesco Scarci
Review
Metal Temple
8/10
30.12.2015

This Brazil based doom and gloom band releases their third album in the last 5 years. Even though they were formed in 1996, they really started to make albums in the mid 2000s. This album clocks at almost 80 minutes and its pure doom metal with a dash of experimental stuff they hadn’t tried before and they branched out in other directions, but it’s still classic doom and gloom.

The title track is just a noise bender. It’s crushing, slow, and shows you that they are a force to be reckoned with in the genre, a genre that isn’t the most original. Let’s face it, it’s not easy to do something new in Doom, but they got that classic sound and it’s very easy to get into it even though it’s slow and methodical. The harsh vocals are great and give an eerie feeling to all of the songs; it does remind me of some of the forefathers of Doom/Death like FUNERAL (still waiting for something new from those guys!).

Some songs remind me of older NEUROSIS, and some of the older, slower paced, Death Metal period of OPETH. Still a nice change of pace of anything I listen to nowadays. Sometimes they make me feel like I am listening to some Black Metal though, which isn’t my cup of tea, but I managed to pull through my misconceptions about that style of music.

I was thinking long and hard about what comparison (well principal comparison anyways) I wanted to talk about when talking about HELLLIGHT, well it took a long time to be honest and I had to ask for some help. I remembered listening to a band a few years back that was very similar to this band and then we finally remembered it was EVOKEN! This is straight Doom with Death Metal like vocals, pretty much a carbon copy of this band, it’s not criticism at all, and imitation is the best form of flattery they say. But anyways, HELLLIGHT have been doing this longer than EVOKEN but anyways, but the sound is really the same and it was this that won me over to be honest. I highly enjoyed this band and look forward to listening their old stuff!

Author: Johnny Jackal
Review
No Clean Singing
05.09.2015

When I think of Brazilian metal, I tend to think of high speed and explosive impact. But HellLight are a Brazilian funeral doom band, who have found chilling cold in a warm climate. Their fifth album, Journey Through Endless Storms, was released on September 7 via the doom standard-bearer Solitude Productions. Though I haven’t listened to the entire album yet, that’s due in part to the fact that I’ve gotten stuck on the album’s title track, which is available on Bandcamp.

It begins with the sounds of rain, thunder, and a woman’s beautiful voice — followed by an emotionally intense keyboard piece that’s soon joined by glacial, titanic riffs and lyrics voiced in an equally titanic growl. The music is a magnificent hybrid of the crushing and the sublime, the sound of both dashed hopes and also bloodied arms raised in yearning to the stars. It’s a union of atmospheres — of cataclysmic loss and mystical transcendence.

As the song unfolds, it grows in emotional power, and those cavernous growls are joined by soaring clean vocals that are spine-tingling. One of the best funeral doom songs I’ve heard all year. Someday I may be able to move past it to the rest of the album. Maybe.

Author: Islander
Review
Zombie Ritual
01.1.2015

These Brazilian guys have been active since 1996 or something, and this is my first encounter with their work. On the fifth full length album they made clear that they have funeral-doomed riffs inside the veins.



All tracks are forged in heaviness, slow structures and the true spirit of sorrow and doom. Of course, these guys are veterans in the genre, and they deliver quite mature ideas in long songs. I admit that for moments it turns a bit soporific and hypnotic for me. Although everything sounds extremely atmospheric and gritty, these guys added high doses of morbidity and metallic spirit to the entire album. Also, you will find those funeral elements, very characteristic in the genre, like obscured keyboards, slow motion drums, and oneiric guitar arrangements. Also, vocalist/guitarist Fabio de Paula made an extraordinaire work, creating truly poisonous growls in specific moments. This is a great album of darkness and painful tunes, and it’s highly recommended if you follow the most obscured and unfaithful side of the genre, if you know what I mean.

Author: Victor Varas
Review
Powermetal.de
8.5/10
17.09.2015

Es ist zwar ein Vorurteil, aber Funeral Doom verbinde ich immer mit Finnland. Das mag an Szene-Vorreitern wie SKEPTICISM liegen, oder daran, dass die tieftraurige, schleppende Musik in meiner Vorstellung eher zum kalten, hohen Norden passt. Dementsprechend überrascht wurde ich vom Herkunftsland von HELLLIGHT. Das ist nämlich Brasilien und ohne damit etwas negatives über den starken brasilianischen Metal sagen zu wollen, "Journey Through Endless Storms" klingt überhaupt nicht südamerikanisch, sondern im besten Sinne des Wortes finnisch.

In überlangen Kompositionen, oft von dräuenden Orgeln untermalt und mit absoluten Zeitlupenriffs bestückt, schüttet HELLLIGHT die ganze Traurigkeit aus, die man im Herbst so verspüren kann. Dazu gibt es sowohl extrem tiefen, für Funeral Doom üblichen Gurgelgesang zu hören, als auch immer wieder klagenden Klargesang, der für etwas Abwechslung in den Liedern sorgt. Das Ganze ist drückend und transparent produziert und die melancholischen Gitarrenleads kommen ebenso zur Geltung wie die spärliche Orchestrierung.

"Journey Through Endless Storms" ist ein Album, das vor allem als Gesamtkunstwerk funktioniert, wenn man die einzelnen Lieder an sich vorrüberziehen lässt, wie auf einer langen Flussfahrt, in den ausladenden Melodien schwelgt und sich ganz der herbstlichen Stimmung hingibt. Dann entfaltet das Album seine Wirkung und zieht den Hörer in seinen Bann. HELLLIGHT gehört ganz klar zur Spitzengruppe im Funeral Doom und kann es locker mit der neuen, fast zeitgleich erschienenen Scheibe von SKEPTICISM aufnehmen, so stark und finnisch klingt "Journey Through Endless Storms".

Author: Raphael Päbst
Review
A Musica Continua
9/10
07.10.2015

Quando penso em Doom Metal no Brasil, dois nomes surgem de imediato em minha cabeça: Mythological Cold Towers e HellLight. E isso se dá não por que não existam outros nomes de qualidade do estilo aqui no Brasil (apesar de o Doom não estar entre os mais cotados por aqui), mas porque ambas estão muito acima da concorrência, lançando sempre trabalhos irrepreensíveis e que fazem a alegria das almas mais macambúzias. Apesar de estar na estrada há quase 20 anos, o HellLight só veio a lançar seu debut em 2005 e de lá para cá, esse é o seu 5° lançamento (contando com o EP The Light That Brought Darkness), sempre se enveredando pelos caminhos do Funeral Doom.

Sucessor do ótimo No God Above, No Devil Below (13), Journey Through Endless Storms se mostra um trabalho ainda mais maduro que seu antecessor. A melancolia, sempre inerente as composições do grupo permanece mais do que presente, deixando as mesmas bem emocionais. Os vocais alternam entre o agressivo e o limpo, mas é inegável que ouve uma melhora nesse último, superior ao que haviam apresentado até então. Riffs pesados, além de solos e melodias melancólicas, estão por todos os lados aqui, fazendo a alegria dos fãs do estilo, enquanto a parte rítmica faz sua parte com maestria. Chama a atenção também a forma como os teclados se encaixam nas canções, sem exageros e gerando um clima soturno junto das guitarras. Apesar de ser um trabalho longo, em momento algum ele é cansativo, já que a qualidade das canções faz com que as mesmas passem sem que você sequer note.

Apesar de toda a uniformidade e alto nível do trabalho, podemos apontar como principais destaques aqui “Journey Through Endless Storm”, “Distant Light That Fades”, “Time”, “Beyond Stars” e “Shapeless Forms Of Emptiness”.

A produção é de ótimo nível e em nada fica devendo frente ao que ouvimos vindo do exterior. Já a capa é bem condizente com todo o clima que temos no Cd (obra de Rodrigo Bueno). Apresentando um trabalho altamente intenso, obscuro e carregado de emoções, o HellLight nos entrega mais um belíssimo trabalho, apto a figurar entre os principais lançamentos de 2015. É uma alma atormentada e fã de nomes como Doom Vs, Funeral, Thergothon e afins? Então temos aqui um álbum que vai lhe agradar em cheio!
Review
Metal.de
7/10
15.11.2015

Zwei Jahre nach "No God Above, No Devil Below" präsentieren HELLLIGHT ihr neues Werk "Journey Through Endless Storms" – thematisch wunderbar passend zum aufziehenden Herbst. Musikalisch geändert hat sich in den letzten Monate nicht viel bei den Brasilianern: Es geht weiterhin nicht so schleppend und tief-traurig zu Werke, wie die meisten ihrer Labelkollegen bei Solitude Productions, man bedient sich in den knapp 80 Minuten atmosphärisch mehr im klassischen Epic Doom, denn im abgründigen Funeral Doom und schafft damit ein angenehm eingängiges und melodiöses Werk. Ausladende Keyboardteppiche, tiefer Growls in Variation mit stimmungsvollem Klargesang und wiederholt eingesetzte Samples lassen eine vage Vergleichbarkeit mit SHAPE OF DESPAIR und MY DYING BRIDE zu – ergänzend hierzu ist besonders die ausgezeichnete Gitarrenarbeit von Fabio De Paula hervorzuheben: Kleinere Unsicherheiten in Gesang und Keyboardeinsatz fallen da kaum ins Gewicht. HELLLIGHT ist mit "Journey Through Endless Storms" ein rundes und wunderbar eigenständiges Album gelungen, das hervorragend in verregnete und graue Herbsttage passt.

Author: Sven Lattemann
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