Remarkable debut step for Devastating Light, the solo project of Finnish Teemu Toikka. The Tampere musician is almost unknown in the metal world as he comes from the country’s hardcore/punk scene, but his approach to this anything but predictable form of post metal heavily streaked with sludge is motivated by the dark and introspective themes addressed within I Have Already Failed You. Indeed, if punk is the ideal soundtrack to express social malaise, metal in its darkest forms is more appropriate than any other musical form to give space to psychophysical malaise. Teemu’s approach is bare and essential, almost a drained form but no less stinging than what Amenra and its genes offer: the outcome is convincing although, predictably, the ep doesn’t turn out to be particularly appealing, in deference to lyrics that focus on the deepening of existential discomfort in a man about to become a father while in a deep state of depression. The three tracks simply numbered are equally valid in their display of an angry and repressed despair, but it must be said that there is also an extended version of the work on tape, containing a fourth song entitled Epilogue, presumably composed in a later stage and that proves in this sense more composed in its approach to doom with some concession to the melody, so it is pleonastic to say that this is the version recommended to those who want to approach this valid Devastating Light’s first test.
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