The Best Band in Louisiana is Withering Light


Back in August we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions, we finally narrowed down our pick for the most gumbo-est state in the union. The best band in Louisiana is Withering Light.

Withering Light hail from Hammond, LA. Ever been to Louisiana? I have, recently. All of the grim decay depicted in popular media like True Detective and Tremé isn’t the product of a fastidiously organized set; the state is in ruins. It seems the entire mass of Louisiana was frozen in time decades ago and then immediately aged to life. Poverty and suffering are endemic in the area. This isn’t meant to be a knock on the state; the food is good, the people are (mostly) good, and the culture is unique. But true darkness exists in this Southern body.

When we talk about metal in Louisiana we generally mention the slow, Southern sludge of Crowbar, Thou, or any number of bands featuring Papa Phil Anselmo. Fronted by vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Troy Bennett, Withering Light is a young band that creates a sonically intricate blend of black metal and shoegaze. When you read the words “black metal” and “shoegaze” together, did you immediately imagine a handsome dude in motorcycle gloves? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but for the next few minutes you should instead imagine the shimmery darkness of acts like Alcest, Wolves in the Throne Room, or (criminally defunct) Amesoeurs.

Back in October, Withering Light dropped a split with Baton Rouge black metal group Barghest and it is something you need to plug into your ear holes immediately. I highly recommend throwing on some decent headphones or your speaker system for this release. Withering Light have a melodic sensibility that most bands simply cannot reach. The guitar lines sparkle and shine like the reflection of a lighthouse on an oil spill. Within these blasts and screams there is catharsis. Listen to “Lantern” and find yourself in the dark.

Check out Withering Light on Facebook and Bandcamp and tell ’em Toilet ov Hell says “sup brah”.

Honorable Mention:

Ossacrux (New Orleans, LA) – Hard as fucking nails d-beat from the swamp. Get crusty and go like ’em on Facebook.


The Toilet ov Hell is on an absurd quest to find the best unsigned band in each state of this glorious union. The purpose? To shine the spotlight on bands that deserve more exposure. Also, we’re going to determine once and for all the greatest state in the nation. Each state winner is decided by a collection of 25 judges. After we’ve announced the winner of each state, we’re gonna throw them all in a winner-take-all bracket and leave the votes up to you. Who will be the best unsigned band in the United States? Which state is superior? We can’t wait to find out.

Previous winners:

Alabama — Phylum
Alaska — Terraform
Arizona – Take Over And Destroy
Arkansas – Torii
California – Destroy Judas
Colorado – The Sleer
Connecticut – Autumn’s Eyes
Delaware – Sloss
Florida – Capracide
Georgia – Lost Hours
Hawaii – Darkest Path
Idaho – Rotten Hand
Illinois – Deus Ex
Indiana – Thorr-Axe
Kansas – Bummer
Kentucky – Ad Infinitum

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  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Cool will have to check them out…NEW JERSEY NOW PLEASE!!!

    • As a man that believes in the power of positivity and swellin’ to the jammiez, I got no beef with the ‘Simms.

    • JWG

      When you stare into the Abyss, the Abyss does calisthenics back at you.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      the giff that keeps on giving…(You give great giff KJ!)

  • This is jamming. The world needs more good blackgaze or post-black metal or whatever you wanna call it.

    • Enter Pagliacci is Kvlt with “like Deafheaven?” comment…

    • GL

      Jamming indeed. I think I am finally coming around to these type of tunes!



      This i will back 1 voidillion%

    • CT-12

      You might dig these guys; I’ve heard a lot of descriptions for this band, I think it most well fits in with post-black/depressive, either way, this album is definitely in my AOTY list, incredibly overlooked.

      • Oh yeah, these guys are the business. I think the February release date and its general low-keyness made sure it was pretty forgotten, unfortunately.

        • CT-12

          Fuck yeah, glad someone else appreciated this album, heard that January’s looking like the tentative release of their new album, fuckers write fast!

  • Tyree
  • JWG

    I seem to be stuck on that word association mode I got myself into yesterday, because the first thing that got into my head when I read that name was “Wuthering Heights” (it almost rhymes, see).

    Of course, that band name was long past scooped up. By an awesome band no less. I miss them, and it has only been a few years of ‘indefinite’ inactivity.

    …I promise my next post will be on topic.

    • Gvacamole Jim

      Being on topic is for jive ass suckas!

      How about that football game?

      Envelopes are awesome and can be pronounced two different ways!!

      Potato chip!

      • JWG

        I don’t know about any football game.

        I do know the Grey Cup is on Sunday, so it’s a bit late for Americans to tune in as an immediately post-Thanksgiving activity (or catharsis from narrowly avoiding Death By Black Friday Crowd).

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        … envelop?

        I think they mean two different things entirely.

        • Gvacamole Jim


    • Wuthering Heights is a pretty kickass band.

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    That new Barghest record is filthy. I got up on that one from reading kvlter-than-our-readership-could-ever-dream-to-be blogs.

    • Tom Waits For Better Days


      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        Lol, no. I’m kvlter than those clowns, and I’m kind of a lifelover.

  • VV.

    These dudes are great. ToH guild approved.

    • Technically, aren’t all these bands approved as such? Considering we’re the ones voting…

      • VV.

        Well, this one was almost unanimous. Some of the other choices have been pretty divisive.

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      I need to get back into this thing, and use my powers for the Void once again.

      I just wanna listen to unsigned bands.

  • Tom Waits For Better Days

    Kon-Kile, Kile-Kon-Kon
    This is mighty! One the best of the unsigned bands (maybe not the top)!
    Come get it, get it, come, come

    • Withering Light has been one of my favorite finds from this whole thing. I’ve spun this split dozens of times now.

  • Death

    Sounds pretty good.


      • Death


          • Death

            Mikey seems like a cool kid

          • KJM


          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            alas…time waits for no man/child….

          • Death

            Why do you want me to go down?

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            i dont….only reflecting upon my youth gone bye bye…

          • Death

            You said “alas.” It means “down” in Finnish. Do not lie to me you sack of poop!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            my bad, no offense intended!

          • Death

            ‘Twas a joke

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            and a good one my good sir!

          • which Monty Python character are you now?

          • Death

            While Death does appear in one Monty Python movie, I have gone back to the Bergman Death.

          • Lacertilian

            do you play chess Spiny?

          • GL




          • Death

            Damn you! Damn you to heaven!

          • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain
          • George, sometimes I think you’re partially responsible for all of us flushers coming together with a common goal. One day you said something akin to, “now that we’ve discussed our favorite fruits.. what do you all do for a living?”
            This coming holiday, I’m thankful for you.


          • GL


            That is quite kind of you. It is quite a community we have here. Also, I do remember that post! If I remember correctly, that was back on the site thatmustnotbenamed. Fun times


          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I recall the day and post..twas sweet.

          • It’s baby Rod Blagojevich!

          • Xan

            God, I miss old commercials. Everyone is filled with shitty music and screaming livelovers now. I want a majestic flute telling me I can trade in my Fisher Price toys for cash!

        • KJM

          I’ve been wanting to make that joke for a while but I wasn’t sure you’d get it.

          • VV.

            Growing up, I always called my best friend Mikey. His brothers would do this to him all the time.

          • “We don’t have Mikey in Finland.”
            -Metaphysical Anus

          • Death

            We don’t. We do have a lot of people who are like Mikey, though.

      • KJM

        He won’t listen to it. He hates everything.

  • Tyree
  • NefariousDude

    This is decrepit

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      that’s good here right?

  • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

    This is some good stuff

  • Renan Ribeiro

    I’m listening to this with everything besides my computer screen pitch black. It’s great.

    The ambiance would be perfect if it wasn’t for the tourney I’m playing at pokerstars right now

  • GoatForest

    Oh, how I wish I had known of this sight earlier…