by Wyatt Marshall
Grand Rapids, Michigan's one-man band A Pregnant Light started out as an obscure, lo-fi, tape-only black metal band before heading in a direction that's likely to appeal to more ears without sacrificing the heaviness. A Pregnant Light's new compilation album that shows the arc of the band's later material (and includes two new songs) came out today (purchase), and we premiered a stream over at Invisible Oranges. Here's a bit of what we had to say about it:
Before I Came showcases A Pregnant Light's movement away from comparatively grimmer origins to a hookier and dare-I-say-poppier sound. The massive, arcing "DMHD" ("Death My Hanging Doorway") that anchors the compilation was a turning point for A Pregnant Light, and I know from speaking with [A Pregnant Light sole member] Damian Master that he considers it one of the the most important songs he's written with A Pregnant Light. Originally released as a single, "DMHD" clocks in at 21 minutes and has more furious blasting and big, sweeping riffed-the-hell-out movements than you can shake a stick at. A little after the 12-minute-mark of the song, there's a moment that in hindsight seems prescient -- five minutes of slow-building punk riffage with a swagger that was previously kept under wraps. (To be fair, APL had already released a killer cover of Madonna's "Live to Tell" by this point.)The album's opening two tracks are the new songs, which showcase A Pregnant Light at its most ambitious. Stream them, and the rest of Before I Came, below...