Year of No Light - Tocsin (2013)
Debemur Morti Productions
Review by Trevor Proctor
Hailing from Bordeaux, Year of no Light have been active since 2001 but Tocsin is only their third full length release – the first being “Nord” which was released in 2006. Significant personnel changes in 2008 led to the band becoming an instrumental six piece featuring two drummers, three guitar players and a bass/keyboards & synth player. Their second album, Ausserwelt, was released in 2010 and saw the band bringing more black and doom influences to their simmering melting pot of ideas – whilst 3 albums over a period of 12 years may seem slack to some the band have been quite prolific in releasing split LPs and have also released a live recording from Holland’s revered Roadburn festival. Tocsin is Year of No Light’s first release with Debenmur Morti records and sees the band explore more musical worlds with even more influences and variation than ever.