Congratulations to Light Bearer for Calling it Quits

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Today Light Bearer, one of my favorite recent post-metal bands announced that they’d be joining their namesake in hell, and I’m 100% alright with that. Sometimes the best thing a band can do is break up, and unless you’re on the inside of their creative process, you probably can’t tell that the time is right. If it feels right to the band, I trust them.

When Isis announced that they would cease to exist in 2010 I felt pretty crushed. They were an all time favorite band of mine, and their last record Wavering Radiant was my favorite yet (post-metal purists I will fight you, come at me). Their reasoning was solid, though; Isis had defined a personal aesthetic to the point where it became conceptually confining, and they felt that they’d said everything worth hearing within those confines. Five years older, wiser, and with quite a bit more experience making music under my belt, I admire their decision.

Before Light Bearer, vocalist Alex CF was in a band called Fall of Efrafa. Fall of Efrafa released a trilogy of albums discussing human society through the allegorical mythology of Richard Adam’s Watership Down. Yes these are blackened post-hardcore songs about rabbits, albeit rabbits who oppress and murder each other, who inflict every imaginable form of human suffering on others and themselves, but none-the-less rabbits plucked from a young adult fantasy novel. If you don’t think that’s awesome, don’t talk to me. Anyways, in 2009 after three albums and a couple EPs Fall of Efrafa announced that they’d achieved their conceptual goals, and didn’t feel any need to further explore their sonic world. Listening back through their discography, I have to agree that their work feels perfectly curated. As an artist and a fan, it’s a humbling feat to say the least. I’m glad they knew when to stop.

Light Bearer was a remarkably similar project, relying heavily on the narrative of Lucifer, as well as Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and their demise feels equally familiar. The band has consistent lyrical themes of free will, atheism, and feminism. In their announcement regarding breaking up, they say “we leave the story of Lucifer’s struggle in many ways complete,” and I’d agree that their work feels fully realized. Whether or not they could have said more I couldn’t possibly say, but I’ve learned to trust artists who claim their work is finished.

More importantly their announcement mused “when the weight of a band starts to upset the people it comprises of, that’s when we have to take a step back and decide what’s best for us.” When band members are in disagreement, when their music becomes a burden, and when they start to run out things that feel right to say, they don’t produce good work.

I’d like to congratulate the members of Light Bearer for calling it quits! It’s a hard thing to know when or how to do, and it takes a lot of wisdom and strength. I’m happy to have listened to Light Bearer, and I’m sure I’ll continue to listen to their songs for a long time. Although a live show would have been great, It’s 2015 and chances are I’ll have Silver Tongue at my fingertips for the rest of my time on earth. So far Light Bearer has released only music I love, nothing I consider sub-par or astray.

Thanks for the music Light Bearer! Whatever ya’ll make next, I’ll be here with open ears.

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  • Guacamole Jim

    Watership Down is brutal as fuck.

    http://dauntlessmedia.net/wp-content/gallery/watership-down/watership-down-00289.png

    It sucks to see good bands go, but like Cereal here I’m respectful of the band’s right to determine their own end point. Too often bands that were good go on too long, and make a mockery of themselves.

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      Agreed. Look at bands like Skid Row and LA Guns. They’re good examples of bands who went on too long. Misfits is another good example.

      • JamesGrimm

        most of those are just shadows, though.

        • ME GROG™

          ALL 3 JUST COVER BANDS NOW!!!!!!!

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          What I meant was they should have disbanded before they went to shit. Had Skid Row disbanded after Slave To The Grind maybe they’d be legendary instead of letting their name go to shit. Same goes for LA Guns after Vicious Circle.

          • ME GROG™

            BUT GROG LIKE SUBHUMAN RACE!!!!

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            It was a good album but it started to show a slip in quality in my opinion.

          • KJM

            Trust me, even back in their day LA Guns weren’t held in that high of a regard, definitely not on the same level as Skid Row and GNR.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            They were still held in higher regard than Poison and Warrant, weren’t they?

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            They were held in no fucking regard because they have always been the same as today: shit.

          • KJM

            Gosh no. Poison headlined arenas at their peak and Warrant came awfully close. LA Guns headlined large clubs and opened at larger arenas.

          • #KJMfacts

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I despise Poison but I respect Warrant. They’re both better than LA Guns when it comes to live shows but LA Guns had some great albums.

          • KJM

            It’s all “hair metal” to me. That’s the stuff that died a well deserved death during the 90s.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Skid Row’s new singer definitely brings it though. Hopefully he puts some much needed fire under their asses.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            He’s from a great Norwegian band called TNT. He has awesome pipes.

          • *snickers*

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Hey GL, did I tell you I’m seeing Lynch Mob on Sunday?

          • NO YOU DID NOT!

            I have not determined if I am going to go on the 26th yet. I am on a budget hold.

            GL

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I’m excited for it.

          • Dang man, I bet. Your first time seeing them? I have never seen them with Oni. Which should be reason enough to go – but I cannot commit.

            GL

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            It is.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Indeed!

      • LA Guns was always terrible, though….

        GL

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          The music may have been bad but they gave the world Guns N Roses so that is why they are included. Now Guns N Roses should disband with all these bands. Not many bands can survive losing their most important member. 10 Years After didn’t when Alvin Lee died. Neither did a lot of the bigger AOR acts of the 70’s and 80’s.

          • KJM

            You don’t even really need Slash to have a decent GNR reunion.

      • KJM

        Guns N Roses is another prime example but that’s more about megalomania than anything else.

      • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

        And AC/DC, who’s been putting out the same fucking album for 30 years now. At first, I was pissed that Celtic Frost called it quits (even passing up $100,000 to reunite for a one off show at Wacken), but hearing Tom explain it, it seemed logical. Kinda wish At The Gates would’ve stayed broken up, after they said that they were breaking up because they could never top ‘Slaughter Of The Soul’. The new album definitely proves that!

        • KJM

          Actually I think it was closer to $250,000 that Tom said no to. Either way you have to respect that kind of integrity. I’d rather see Triptykon at this point anyway.

    • KJM

      I was about 11-12 when this was in theaters. This may be the ultimate case of parents not doing their homework before taking their grade school age(and some younger) children to what they thought was a nice little movie about rabbits.

      • Guacamole Jim

        I think I watched it around the same age, but with my folks (who knew what was coming). It was only when I got older that I started to understand what was going on – when I was younger I just liked the rabbits and the cool fight scenes.

        • KJM

          I hadn’t read the book yet but I knew it wasn’t a happy Disney movie. It was quickly described to me by an adult as “The Hobbit, but with rabbits”. I’d already read Hobbit and Fellowship at that age so I got the idea.

    • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs
  • I had no idea they had the Fall of Efrafa connection. Shit is wicked rad.

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    Good article Cereal. Also, welcome to the Toilet. I haven’t seen you around here.

  • When At The Gates called it quits, they gave the best reason: We can’t top Slaughter Of The Soul. They proved themselves right when they put out a new album last year.

    • JamesGrimm

      That album wasent that bad. Every release cant be an opus.

    • Void Dweller

      And Slaughter wasn’t even that good, compared to the Alf era.

  • Tyree
    • ME GROG™

      GROG NOT GET IT!!!!!

      • Post Metal ist Krieg.

        • Tyree

          Not even close.

          • Void Dweller

            Post metal is shit?

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            Which version of post metal do you mean? The bands that sound like early Isis? Or the bands that sound like later Isis?

          • Void Dweller

            Wow, I think you just gave me diarrhea.

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            My job here is done now. I must go.

          • Tyree

            Close. The last picture is a character from the show Hey Arnold named “Stinky”.

          • Void Dweller

            Wow, I was damn close. Because shit can be stinky. And post anything can be shit.

          • Tyree

            I was going to use shit. But, I figured I could be more creative, because I’m so special.

          • Void Dweller

            Good point. Your high brow references, fall short on this lowly bunch.

          • Tyree
          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs
          • Tyree

            I din’t think I ever called them “Shit”. I just never was into their music.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Didn’t you like Fall of Efrafa tho?

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Gotcha.

            *reverses your paddlin’ and goes after Tapir instead*

          • Neurosis vocals are shit. Paddle away.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs
        • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

          Hornytoad disco rock > post metal

          Pure Japanese Ultrashit > post metal

          Jack Bauerviolence > post metal

          Post-atmospheric rain stickcore > post metal

          I fucking hate genre shit. You shouldn’t be able to have some generic term that can describe your sound.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Can Hornytoad disco rock become a thing? I’d love that.

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            Already is. It’s my own band’s genre.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Where can I find your band’s music?

          • Void Dweller

            Myspace.

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            Hornytoad disco rock/Pure Japanese Ultrashit/Jack Bauerviolence/Post-Hetfieldian DeathPollka band The Vince Shlomi Hooker Beating Experience.

            Disclaimer: we are really just a lo-fi, basement noise rock band with hints of other genres. Sounds like a vacuum at times. Best tracks are 3, 5, 9, 11, and 12.

            https://soundcloud.com/tvshbe/sets/mega-fahrenheit-party-of-the

          • There is a lot to digest with this. Wow.

            GL

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            That’s a polite way to say “holy shit this is a noisy mess”, haha.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Like Scissor Sisters?

          • mmm, LOVE them

          • ME GROG™

            GROG PIONEER OF CAVE METAL!!!!!! IT ROCK!!!!!! BECAUSE IT PLAYED WITH ROCK!!!!!

          • Void Dweller

            Oh Grog, don’t you ever change.

          • Tyree
          • JamesGrimm
          • Tyree
          • JamesGrimm
          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I’m not into that anymore, now I go in squares.

          • Tyree
          • JAG?

            GL

          • JamesGrimm

            …..thats how 90 percent of music and art in general works…

          • Guacamole Jim

            Truth. While we’re in an era, and a genre, that seems to hyper-classify things (“post-blackened-death-jazz-core”), the way we communicate about art is through classification. We talk about “impressionistic” paintings, and through classifying a certain style of works, we differentiate between The Impressionists and (for example) The Surrealists. Of course every artist is unique and individual, but there are certain overarching similarities that viewers have noticed, and we classify bodies of work under those umbrellas to help us discuss and understand them as communities. The same is true of music.

          • JamesGrimm

            thank you, jim.

          • JamesGrimm

            post blackened death jazz core- Shining (blackjazz)

          • Guacamole Jim

            Shit.. that’s spot on. I was just pulling terms out of my ass, too.

          • Vriezen

            I prefer post-blackened-death-JIZZ-core..

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            True, but it doesn’t stop me from getting needlessly annoyed at it.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    All I remember of His Dark Materials is Serafina Pekkala, a Finnish witch. (RFI)

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Eagerly await where will Alex CF end up next. Both Fall of Efrafa and Light Bearer were pretty damn fine bands.

    • Tyree

      Is that Eva Green?

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        yes.

        • KJM

          I was hoping for another Golden Compass movie.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I was a little surprised tbh when they never made another.

          • KJM

            Lack of faith in the “overseas” market by the studios. It made next to nothing in The US but did over $300Million world wide.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            I really tried, but couldn’t stand that movie at all. Especially the cornball CGI.

          • KJM

            It was decent but I haven’t seen it again since.

  • Void Dweller
  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    If 2015 should prove anything to you, it’s that even bands that claim “we have no more artistic ground to cover”, or some other “artistic” reason, will stuff that nobility in their pocket for a reunion tour then album. Bands won’t admit it, but they often miss the money and attention showered on them when they are in that certain band. I just hope they don’t sound like Aerosmith or Foo Fighters when they do (*cough* Refused).

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      At least Failure and FNM put out kick ass albums.

      • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

        Haven’t heard Failure’s album, haven’t really got into FNM’s album. Listened to it twice, not feeling it yet.

        • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

          Took me a couple of listens, but loving it!

        • FNM takes a few spins but if you are a fan of their music it will start to click.

      • JamesGrimm

        Failure is great. sunny day real estate got the dude from foo playin bass now.

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          The new Failure album is awesome from the songs I’ve heard off of it. It doesn’t come out until the end of the month but the singles off of it rule.

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            Ah! Okay that’s why I haven’t heard it yet lol. I felt so out of the loop for a second

          • i have no hope for it. the singles i’ve heard thus far <<<<<<<

        • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

          Sunny Day Real Estate = extreme lolbuttz!

  • Since you’re a balanced breakfast, you did a balanced article. Good work and welcome, Cereal.

    Do you think they will return with Fall of Efrafa?

    I’m lsitening Light Bearer, and it’s very good.

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    Also, among bands that need to disband two of my favorite prog bands NEED to disband before they do irreparable damage to their name. Yes and Kansas need to disband before they end up playing venues that hold less than 1,000 people. Kansas is on their way to that stage and Yes will be there if they keep on holding off on reuniting with Jon Anderson.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Jon sounds like shit doe. And that’s a matter of people attending shows. Nothing to do with musical embarrassment that would be as bad without him as it is.
      I understand the guys wanna make music (if that even is the case) and I can’t see myself stopping once I’d been going on for that long, but their time is long past.

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        Yes is releasing a live album where they perform Close To The Edge and Fragile on it. I don’t want to hear it after the last live abomination where they screwed up The Yes Album and Going For The One. They’ve been doing tours where they perform their best albums from the 70’s. They’re already a legacy act and people don’t want to hear their new stuff. They want to hear the hits. Also, the current Yes singer is not good either.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Yeah not big on the newest guy but still better than Jon today. And the problem isn’t as much that they are a legacy act as their newer music blows.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I know, right? Heaven and Earth was so bad it made Big Generator look like Close To The Edge.

          • KJM

            Saw the Super Ultra Mega Yes(aka Union tour) 24 years ago. I don’t need
            to see them again. Nothing they do now will come close to that.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            That came to my area back when the county fair on the other side of the river got gigantic tours such as the Metallica/Danzig tour, the Clash Of The Titans tour and Def Leppard on the Hysteria, Adrenalize and Slang tours.

        • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

          His stuff with Glass Hammer was much much better, tbh.

    • KJM

      You know Chris Squire has Leukemia, right? They might not have much choice in the matter before too long.

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        I heard about that. It’s very sad. Even though I’m not a fan of the new singer I’ll go see them at Barclays if they end up disbanding.

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        Kansas on the other hand shows no signs of slowing down which worries me. They’ve been to basically all the small theaters in my area and they’re probably going to be playing much smaller venues if they’re still going in 2 years.

        • KJM

          I’m not a fan so that doesn’t matter to me as such. Most of the bands I still enjoy from back then care about their legacy far too much to cheapen it in that fashion.

  • Malted Hate

    I felt the same about In Solitude.

  • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

    If only Slayer would’ve done that about 20 or so years ago.

    • Void Dweller

      Divine was their last good album.

      • I think you mean Ride the Lightening.

        GL

        • Void Dweller

          No no, you’re thinking of Rust in Peace.

          • I’m pretty sure he meant Among the Living.

          • Void Dweller

            Shit, maybe it was Bonded by Blood?

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            I think he means Cold Lake.

          • Void Dweller

            Nope, that’s still not it. Maybe it was Risk?

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Or was it Unspoken King?

          • Void Dweller

            Nope, it had to be Reload.

          • No I am fairly certain that you mean The Dark.

            Settled.

            GL

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieeaT7P-krE

          • Void Dweller

            Not even close, it had to be Pleasure to Kill.

          • “I’LL HIT YOU LIKE A TON OF BRICKS!!! TON OF BRICKS!!!!!!!!”

            GL

          • Dagon

            12 bricks*
            FTFY

          • “BREAK DOWNS THE WALLS OF FOREVAAAA!!!!!!!! THOUGH THEY TRY TO HOLD US DOWN!!!!!! START THE FIRE!!! BRING DOWN THE HAMMA!!!”

            GL

          • Void Dweller

            My only pleasure is to hear many cries
            From those tortured by my steel
            The colour of your blood from your open body
            Is all I wanted to see
            Tasting the blood from your lips as you die
            Means satisfaction to me
            Pleasure to kill!!!!!!

          • /yukky

          • Void Dweller

            You gettin’ squeamish?

          • No way, bro. Ain’t been squeamish since butchering my first deer.

          • Void Dweller

            Bro, bro. Bro.

          • Pretty much!

          • Tyree

            Read some Autopsy lyrics brah!

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Or look at those Pissgrave covers again.

          • Void Dweller

            And jerk off to them feverishly?

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Whatever floats your boat makes you go skinny dipping, I guess!

          • Tyree
          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Holy fucking shit (pun intended), this is BRUTAL! And much better produced than what I was expecting.

          • Void Dweller

            Who spilled my chocolate shake from Burger King?

          • Tyree

            Goddamn kids running around knocking shit over at burger king. Parents these days, no discipline given any more to kids. I’m sure you can get a refill if you ask. Human Butter Putty flavor please.

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            SOMEONE SAY BRICKS?

            TWELVE?
            TWELVE!
            WHHHHOOOOA!
            I JUST FOUND TWELVE BRICKS

          • KJM

            Saw them twice opening for Anthrax, great show.

          • I have a ’98 copy of a show recorded live in 86′ and it is trill as fvck. David Wayne’s voice was VERY underrated.

            GL

    • KJM

      I enjoyed seeing them in 2004 and 2007(even 2012). I have no clue what album, if any, they were touring behind. I didn’t even think Seasons In The Abyss was all that, really. Since the early 90s I’ve only cared about them as a live act, and now I don’t care about them at all.

      • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

        I’ll check out the new CD, but definitely not getting my hopes up. World Painted Blood was alright, but nothing I’d write home about. Without Lombardo or Hanneman, I could care less at this point.

        • I could never get into them given the total lolbuttz solos on EVERY SINGLE SONG.

          GL

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Oh, it’s the Kerry King Show now, so be prepared for lots of that! He doesn’t have Hanneman pulling the tow now, so it’s more likely than no gonna be hilariously bad.

          • *tremelopicking**weddlewee**tremolopicking* *chromaticscalestremolobuttz*

          • Have you heard the solos on Deicide’s 1st album?

          • No sir. I have not listened to much (or any) of them before. I will take your word for it though!

            GL

          • Take the absurdity of the Slayer solos and multiply times 10. I dig em because they’re fuck you solos but that’s me.

          • remember how that went with Morbid Angel?

          • *rolls coal on faux hipsters*
            haha yeah I sure do

          • if you enjoyed MA’s Domination at all, I would recommend starting with Once Upon The Cross, and work backwards from there

          • Thanks man. I will do this tomorrow. I have pressing report that needs finished and I am sure this will help!

            GL

          • let me provide a counter-point to @lamentationsofthewomen:disqus… Stench of Redemption which features Ralph Santolla (sweet leads, sweet solos)

          • Yes that one was pretty good. They had a few flushers for sure tho in the ’00’s. I’ve been listening to them since 92. Satan.

          • hey! you’re Lamentationsof Thewomen!

          • Guilty as charged

          • You get that trill red silverado yet?

          • Nope. I am way to much of a cheap ass to buy something that nice. I am going to buy a real nice 03 Ford Taurus today though! $1500 dollars! I never pass up a great car for no $$$.

            That is how I roll. Lol.

            GL

          • a 03 taurus for $1500? more like r/justrolledintotheshop

        • My expectations are low for Slayer. The song they put out last month was one of the most anticlimatic things ever recorded.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            One of their songs blatantly stole the opening line to Tiamat’s ‘A Deeper Kind Of Slumber’. Their well is beyond dry at this point.

  • Are you cereal?

  • Dagon

    Good write up, Cereal.

    I think this applies better to bands who have very specific concepts or sound boundaries (gimmicks?), because it still breaks my heart when a band is torn down by internal disputes or even more so if it’s the death of one or more members.

    I just wish Acid Bath had released at least one more album and that Pitre didn’t die in the car crash.

    • They apparently had an album in the can from what I read but it will never see the light of day. Could be just demos but I’d love to hear it.

  • KJM

    BREAKING NEWS: I am stoked to announce that Ghost is playing Boston on September 28th and even more psyched that PURSON IS OPENING FOR THEM!!!!!. Fuck yeah.

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      They’re touring? Maybe they’ll be back in my area.

      • KJM

        Terminal 5 on Sept 27th.

    • JamesGrimm

      eh.

    • J.R.

      Gonna be in Atlanta October 9! That’s fall break baby!
      I don’t think any of my friends like Ghost…so Lady better start getting excited lol

      Aren’t their live shows supposed to be killer?

      • KJM

        Seen them 3 times and they’re great.

  • J.R.

    Was not expecting the author to be “Cereal: part of a balanced breakfast”. Nearly bust out laughing here in class.

    Good write up though. I’d rather a band disband then start putting out crap music that makes you embarrassed to proclaim your fan-ness.

  • Great article, Cereal. Never heard of these bands before and I’m digging them both. Especially Fall of Alfalfa.

    I guess I should feel the same about Ludicra–although I did not feel they were in danger of putting out a shitty album. We just can’t ever know for sure.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUpUwsSkcZQ

    • Phoenix of the House Tendies

      Still one of the few band breakups that makes me legit sad.

  • old_man_doom

    Goddamn it, Fall of Efrafa is good. Their entire presentation, from the sound to the artwork, was absolutely killer.

  • I always hate when bands I like break up, especially when it is sudden. I’m was bummed to find out that 3 Inches of Blood are breaking up. They’re the definition of a fun band.

    • JW(E)G

      I am most definitely going to their last show.
      It helps immensely that it’s a Saturday, but I’d almost certainly call in sick if otherwise.

  • Phoenix of the House Tendies

    Good article. It’s sad when good bands break up, but it’s a little less painful when they do it on their own good terms.

    But then where in the equation does a band like Cirith Ungol fall? They broke up on their own terms, but only did so cause they got screwed over really badly.