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Destroyer of Light / Press

“Even though I'm somewhat of a purist for clean vocals, these growls are done really well, and I'd be lying if I said they didn't fit the music. Besides that, I'm feeling a mix of Crowbar, Down, and some more unexpected stuff, such as hints of early Cathedral, and even Solitude Aeturnus. Growls are an easy out when you're not a strong vocalist, or when you just don't have the balls to sing clean. In this respect, I have nothing but praise for Destroyer Of Light and their decision to not only use clean vocals, but to use them effectively, and to not bury them in the mix to hide said flaws. For a first demo, the vocals are great. They have lots of potential and, to me at least, feel like they will be one of those acquired tastes (think Solstice's last proper album, "New Dark Age", or even Pallbearer's "Sorrow and Extinction" and you'll know what I mean) that not everyone can like, but most can agree that they help, rather than hinder, the music.”

"You guys had me at the first riff! Straight from the hotbed of Austin, Texas's amazing music scene comes Destroyer of Light. Mixing doom and sludge with a bit of psychedelia thrown in for good measure, these fellas trounce mightily through the murky fog with a snail's pace. Combining pain felt vocals with an occasional death growl, these monarchs of gloom encapsulate a raw and simple approach to music and that is to write heavy songs with good riffs and have a hell of a good time doing it. Destroyer of Light, indeed."

"Everything seems to be going as you might expect with the self-titled debut from Austin, Texas, doomly foursome Destroyer of Light, then all of a sudden a background in extreme metal becomes very, very apparent. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Colca keeps an inflection in his clean singing that’s more than a little kin to Karl Simon from The Gates of Slumber and that has its roots in the likes of Candlemass‘ Messiah Marcolin — who did it best even if he didn’t do it first — but then Colca shifts into a vicious growl that’s right out of death metal. He doesn’t use it on every track of the self-released six-song album, but it’s striking when it comes up and if you’re not ready, half the fun (which I’ve just spoiled, I guess) is being caught off guard."