Posted in metal | music on April 8, 2014

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...

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Comments (7)

What exactly is good about Mac DeMarco?

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2014 4:18 PM

that cover makes me want to smoke heroin

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2014 4:18 PM

Fuck yeah. What an obscure choice of album cover. Bad Lieutenant rules.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2014 4:42 PM

Show me your ass... show me how you suck a cock

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2014 5:11 PM

Get back! Police activity!

Gimme some of that coke.

Posted by The BLT | April 8, 2014 7:13 PM

Oh no. "Pregnant" is going to be the new "Wolf" or "Beach" for bands.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2014 9:30 PM

good stuff

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 11:16 AM

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