If music could be set to canvas Tocsin, the new album from the French band Year Of No Light, would paint a multitude of greyish tonalities. As a matter of fact in just five tracks the Bordeaux natives will drag you down into an introspective solitude where black and grey are the only colours you can find. Some might consider this album a bit depressive, but a careful listener, despite the crushing sense of emptiness that fulfils the whole album, will recognize that Tocsin is intense and engaging and absolutely worth a listen.
Year Of No Light is composed by three guitarists, one bassist and two drummers, and its music compares to the typical sound of Cult of Luna. They mainly play post-metal music with elements of drone, shoegaze and sludge metal. Put simply, their music is heavy, slow and somewhere depressive, but absolutely beautiful. Tocsin is their third full length album and an incredibly hypnotic experience.
The album opens with the title track and despite the fact that it is a slow start it is full of tension. There's a certain sense of anxiety everywhere and the brilliant drum sound is breathtaking. The first minutes of the fourteen minute song work like an intro that has the aim to announce that something is going to happen. And you don't have to wait so much time cause suddenly a wall of sound will appear like an old steam locomotive that proceeds slowly on its path alone in night. The atmosphere is absolutely dark but you'll always find melodies and progressions here and there that make this album really interesting. The explosion of guitar noises and the devastating drums towards the end of the song are the proof of the artistry of the French band. Their ability to perfectly blend all their orchestra of instruments together before dissolving into the following 'Géhenne' is a stunning work of art.