Review: Painted Black – Raging Light

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Lisbon based progressive metal visionaries PAINTED BLACK released their second full length album, and follow up to their 2014 EP Quarto Vazio back in October via Wormhole Death. Titled Raging Light, you may need to ensure your seatbelts are fully adjusted as you are in for one hell of a journey.

Raging Light constantly keeps you guessing as it meanders through a varied assortment of quirky time signatures, hitting you at every turn with ruthless blastbeats and piercing vocals as the quintet encapsulate you in a maze of riffs. In particular, the combination of “The Raging Light” and “Dead Time” are both packed to the brim with beautifully crafted insanity and just as you feel your head is about to spin off “The Living Deceiver is a welcome change of pace inundated with hypnotic riffs.

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Considering the progressive metal scene’s tendency to lean towards more extensive compositions for the most part PAINTED BLACK have devised very digestable tracks which keep the listener enticed and engaged. They combine the harmonious subtleties of OPETH, the atmospheric pace of KATATONIA and the bludgeoning force of DARK TRANQUILLITY to devastating effect but where they particularly shine is on the album closer “Almagest,” a 17-minute prog epic. Ironically when they begin to dial down the vicious assault they are at their most captivating with eerie whispering verses and a more methodical pace.

PAINTED BLACK are clearly an intellectual and forward thinking band, and hopefully The Raging Light will bring them recognition they deserve. This is a band to look forward to in the coming years.

The Raging Light is available from Bandcamp.

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