Bereft Of Light, the “Cascadian black metal project” (in other words the man lives in Romania) of Daniel Neagoe, artist known for his work in Shape Of Despair, Clouds and Eye Of Solitude among many others, released its debut album Hoinar in collaboration with Loud Rage Music in summer of 2017.
BEREFT OF LIGHT – HOINAR – LOUD RAGE
Whilst acts like this, which project atmosphere and emotion, are appreciated, it is difficult to recommend this album. The solo act of Daniel Neagoe of Clouds, Shape Of Despair and a dozen other projects is thematically nature oriented – although titles are seemingly in Romanian – but the label chooses to call it black metal. Either way, the material is esoteric and noisy, but also atmospheric and brooding. As good as the material is for the fans of the sub-genre the five-track/forty-minute plus record suffers in the sound department and the song writing value. While the weaker production is bottom-heavy and the drumming especially clicky, the songs themselves are interchangeable. The gloomy atmosphere, howling vocals and the ebb and flow of the proceedings means half the songs are mere acoustic picking with a dub of nature in the background. The album, for example, only picks up and out of acoustic mode mid-way through the second track, Legãmânt. Metal fans would have to judge whether there is enough aggressiveness and harshness here to warrant it. – Ali “The Metallian”