Review from The Headbanging Moose

July 7, 2020
From: The Headbanging Moose
Published: July 6, 2020

Formed in 2015 in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the United States by vocalist and guitarist Andy Schoengrund (Coagulate, Empires, Wolvhammer) together with drummer Andrew Reesen (Censer), Feral Light are a mysterious enigma playing grim and sorrowful Black Metal entwined with savage and unyielding Crust Punk, resulting in what can be labeled as “Blackened Post-Metal”. After a demo, an EP and two full-length albums, this unyielding force of darkness returns in 2020 with their third full-length installment titled Life Vapor, building up on the foundations of its predecessor while increasing the intensity of the music displayed. Recorded and mixed by Kyle Kaliszewski, mastered by James Plotkin (Plotkinworks), and featuring a minimalist and obscure artwork by Unexpected Specter, Life Vapor instantly pulls you in with its killer mix of melodic and dissonant riffing, combining and incorporating various styles including elements of Post-Metal, Black N’ Roll, Doom Metal and Second-Wave Black Metal, materializing as a downcast howl of war-torn vocals funneled through a lyrical content dealing with mysticism and inner struggle.

Experimental and futuristic sounds kick off the scorching opening tune Blood in Sand, with Andrew blasting his drums with tons of rage and precision while Andy barks the song’s grim, austere lyrics rabidly (“A way forward scrawled on obscure hands / Scorched by the touch of the expanse / Grasp past the sun, tethers unravel / Pull from the dark and carry forth”). Then leaning towards classic Norwegian Black Metal we have the massive Assuage, with Andy not only vociferating like a demonic entity but also firing sharp and acid riffs accompanied by Andrew’s infernal drums, also bringing forward an amazing balance between Andy’s strident guitar and his low-tuned bass; and displaying a huge dosage of Doom Metal added to the band’s core sonority, we’re treated to the ominous and heavy-as-hell Walking Tomb, alternating between otherworldly, lugubrious moments and sheer savagery, with Andy’s guitar riffs once again cutting our skin deep without a single drop of mercy.

Exhaling progressiveness, obscurity and harmony, the duo jams in the lands of doom in Last Gasp Invocation, generating an enfolding atmosphere before all hell breaks loose, with the music gradually morphing into a visceral Black Metal onslaught, whereas modern-day Black Metal sounds and tones permeate the air in Hex of Inverses, where both Andy and Andrew sound at the same time venomous and very melodic with their respective weapons. Needless to say, their music will mercilessly penetrate deep inside your psyche and make your skull tremble. And finally, Andy’s slashing riffage and Andrew’s vicious beats will invite you to slam into the pit in the closing tune In Summation, presenting a sulfurous hybrid of old school Black Metal with more contemporary stiles the likes of Post-Metal and Melodic Black Metal, ending the album on a high and Stygian note.

If you want to give Life Vapor a shot, you can enjoy the album in its entirety on YouTube and on Spotify, but as usual in order to truly support underground metal music I highly recommend you purchase a copy of the album from the band’s official BandCamp page, from the Hypnotic Dirge Records’ BandCamp page or webstore (in regular CD format or as a fantastic bundle including the CD, an exclusive T-shirt, a patch and a sticker), as well as from Apple Music and from Amazon. The infernal Minneapolis-based duo known as Feral Light, who are also waiting for you on Facebook, are definitely paving a very interesting path ahead of them with the constant evolution found in their music, with Life Vapor being undoubtedly their most cohesive and multi-layered work to date. Having said that, you might be asking yourself “what’s next for Feral Light?” Well, only darkness will tell.

Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewed by: Gustavo Scuderi

Review from Metal Temple

June 25, 2020
From: Metal Temple
Published: June 24, 2020 

Feral Light is a two man black metal band from Minneapolis, Minnesota and formed in 2015.  “Life Vapor,” is their third full length album; they also have a demo and an EP.  “Life Vapor” grabbed me from the beginning and never let me go.  I’ve always enjoyed black metal that dares to be different and FERAL LIGHT have definitely delivered an album that steps outside the box with a lot of great ideas.  None of that would mean a da...

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Review from The Sleeping Shaman

June 8, 2020
From: The Sleeping Shaman
Published: June 8, 2020

The world is a scary fucking place at the moment, usually I start my reviews with a wise crack but it doesn’t seem appropriate considering what is happening in the home-town of the band that I am reviewing today. That home-town is Minneapolis, Minnesota which is currently in the midst of a major riot in reaction to the horrendous murder of George Floyd by the state police department. As a white English guy I can’t imagine what i...

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Review from Metal Italia

June 1, 2020
From: Metal Italia
Published: May 25, 2020 

Solo quattro anni fa i Feral Light uscivano con il primo EP, ed eccoci già con il terzo full length tra le mani, intitolato “Life Vapor”. Per fortuna, l’abbondanza di materiale e di uscite intercorse nel tempo vanno di pari passo con una certa qualità che fa da sfondo al gruppo americano, che anche col nuovo uscito lascia un buon segno. Quaranta minuti per sei brani nei quali l’ormai duo di Minneapolis disegna dei passaggi black...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

May 19, 2020
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: May 19, 2020 

This is the third album from US black metallers Feral Light.

Feral Light play a mix of black metal and post-metal, with touches of doom and hard rock. Life Vapor offers up 39 minutes of easily-digested blackness.

The band aren’t short of riffs, frequently adopting a black ‘n’ roll approach. It’s surprisingly catchy stuff, and Feral Light clearly know how to write a good song. Merged with the atmosphere of post-metal and the black...

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Review from Musipedia of Metal

May 19, 2020
From: Musipedia of Metal
Published: May 16, 2020 

Feral Light have been making music since 2015, in that time the duo have made 2 other albums; debut album Void/Sanctuary in 2017 and Fear Rides A Shadow in 2019. Feral Light is made up of Andrew Reeson on drums and Andy Schoengrund on guitar, bass and vocals, the band is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Feral Light play a fairly simple style of Black metal, this is at the opposite end of the Black metal spectrum to anything that cou...

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Review from Grizzly Butts

May 19, 2020
From: Grizzly Butts
Published: May 16, 2020 

A primal ray of inspiration, fractally dispersed to impose greater darkness, best serves those who’ve lived in adaptive and necessarily untoward stasis. Bleak and shadowy forms serve as great cooling pools to slink between — Away from death and the brevity of hapless existential crises any above-average sentience’d naturally incur. With all manner of cursed dark mirror angled to invoke the moon’s light and reveal visions of dead ...

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Review from Streetclip

May 15, 2020
From: Streetclip
Published: May 14, 2020

Das hardcore-geerdete Black Metal-Duo FERAL LIGHT hatte kürzlich still und leise mit ´Walking Tomb´ einen appetitanregenden Track ihres Albums ´Life Vapor´ veröffentlicht – und prompt ging das Teil steil via Twitter in den USA. Dort ist die Szene, anders als in Europa, nicht so sehr Panda-Schminke-Wacken-durchtränkt, sondern natürlich verwachsen im Hardcore. No frills, just skills. Diese klischeeferne Basis hat sich gefreut, dass F...

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 Released: May 22, 2020
Genre: Black Metal / Blackened Crust