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Defying: The Splinter Of Light We Misread

Defying is a Polish progressive/post metal band that formed in 2008. The band focused on a couple demo albums in their beginning years and it wasn't until 2013 the band's line-up stabilized resulting in their 2014 debut Nexus Artificial which I reviewed a few years ago. Their new EP The Splinter Of Light We Misread was released in 2016 and includes the following players:

Piotr Stepinski (vocals, guitars)
Rafal Warniello (guitars)
Pawel Siemaszko (bass)
Tomasz Semeniuk (drums, sampling)

As well as:
Natalie Szalaj (vocals)
Marcin Bielski (vocals)
Marcin Drabik (violin)
Piotr Ziarek Ziarkiewicz (trumpet)
Rafal Wawszkiewicz (saxophone)

The Splinter Of Light We Misread is a heavy disc with a myriad of guitar effects and slow plodding riffs giving off a doomy vibe at times. Huge drones and eerie soundscapes are included as well blending in nicely with the heavier sounds. In the chilling post metal track "Till Shadow Is White" violin and guitar textures create an immersive forbidding sound palette. A cacophony of weirdness, but I say this in a good way. Crashing guitar chords and grinding riffs make for some highly dramatic moments. The opening track "The Sunlight Recedes" is probably the disc's heaviest song. The listener is inundated with heavy riffs and roaring growls immediately making for some bone crushing moments. Some pretty cool guitar pyrotechnics add an experimental element and the droning soundscapes resembling rippling synth textures are also attention grabbing. "Irreversible" is the catchiest track with a tasty guitar groove before venturing into doom metal territory with slow moving riffs and intense growls.

After listening to The Splinter Of Light We Misread my interest is certainly piqued. Hopefully their third full length album will come in the near future.

Track Listing:
1. The Sunlight Recedes
2. Till Shadow Is White
3. Irreversible
4. New Dawn Fades

Added: June 28th 2017
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Facebook Page
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Language: english

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