A Storm of Light

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A Storm of Light
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A Storm of Light in 2014
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Post-metal, heavy metal, doom metal
Years active2008–present
Labels Neurot, RoboticEmpire
Associated acts Tribes of Neurot
Red Sparowes
Blood and Time
Battle of Mice
Neurosis
Unsane
Website www.astormoflight.com
Members Josh Graham
Domenic Seita
Billy Graves

A Storm of Light is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 2008.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

New York City Largest city in the United States

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They have been categorized as post-rock, post-metal, doom metal, sludge metal and hard rock, but have moved toward a darker and heavier metal sound. [1] Rock-A-Rolla magazine's review of Nations to Flames states: "In upping the aggression, intensity and songwriting ability, they are once again overshadowing what's gone before and giving new reasons to appreciate a band that are already becoming one of the most crucial heavy acts around." [2]

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History

A Storm of Light was founded in 2008 by bassist Domenic Seita and vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Josh Graham. [3] Graham is a former member of the post-rock outfit Red Sparowes, songwriter in Battle of Mice, and a longtime visual artist in residence with Neurosis (2000–2012) and Soundgarden (since 2010). [4] From 2011, drummer Billy Graves has completed the permanent lineup.

Red Sparowes band that plays post-rock

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Battle of Mice was a post-metal supergroup consisting of Julie Christmas, Josh Graham, Joel Hamilton, Tony Maimone, and Joe Tomino.

Neurosis (band) American band

Neurosis is an American avant-garde metal band from Oakland, California. It was formed in 1985 by guitarist Scott Kelly, bassist Dave Edwardson, and drummer Jason Roeder, initially as a hardcore punk band. Chad Salter joined as a second guitarist and appeared on the band's 1987 debut Pain of Mind before being replaced by Steve Von Till in 1989. The following year, the lineup further expanded to include a keyboardist and a visual artist. Beginning with their third album Souls at Zero (1992), Neurosis developed a unique musical style crucial to the emergence of the post-metal and sludge metal genres.

Current members

Electric guitar electrified guitar; fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals

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Past members

Discography

Albums

And We Wept the Black Ocean Within is the first studio album by American post-metal band A Storm of Light.

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