Year of no light

Year Of No Light formed in 2001 in Bordeaux (Fr). With their first album, Nord, YONL have proven adept a shifting seamlessly… between genres, balancing post-rock, sludge, somber psychedelics and crushing dark shoegaze. In 2010, now backed by two drums, 3 guitars, the band released its second album, Ausserwelt, oscillating between drone, doom, post-rock, black metal and progressive music. 

++ Biography ++

Yet one more band started after too many belgian beers under the sun of the ending summer of 2001, Year of no light slightly but undoubtly started to slide down to gloomier atmospheres as the inherent chaos of Bordeaux’s caves and harshness of winter made their common work. As the line-up was getting solid the band clarified their intentions and started to build the basis of what would be their first demo recorded in 2004.

More and more shows were played and the rather general critical acclaim of the demo quoting them as being “The Cure playing sludge” combined with live reviews becoming more and more encouraging compeled the band into the writing of new tracks that would finally end up on their first album “Nord”, recorded at Rec studio under the direction of Serge Morratel in the fall of 2005. This material was mastered early 2006 in New York with Alan Douches and ends up here on 2*LP gatefold via Atropine & E-vinyl and also there on Cd via Radar swarm and re-issued later in the US via Crucial Blast records.

Year of no Light spent most of the last 4 years spreading its enthralling psychedelic warfare to a continually growing audience. Alongside they parted ways with their singer (R.I.P) and recruited two other thirsty mercenaries. Shiran, of über-doom combo “Monarch!”, brings now his chthonian six strings to an already massive cathedral of noise and ambient drone tones. Mathieu, of deviant-electronics act “Aérôflôt”, strengthens ritualistic tribal rhythm patterns.

Out of their cave, they secluded into an old theater to record these 4 tracks catching every possible vibration of the trembling frame of this enlivened a new mansion. All the energy collected at that very moment forms “Ausserwelt”, the sophomore album of Year of no Light. Mystical emanations flow out of these riffs colliding into each other to an in ear-splitting shriek. Cranked amps and molested drums hurl their mourning chant as a choir intoning its final psalms at the dawn of the Last Judgment. Year of no Light follows the path opened by “Nord” towards more somber psychedelics, creating its own blend of black metal, sludge, drone or any other influence marked with the seal of darkness.

Still no caps, no core neither stupid modern nihilism but instead an ambiguous electrical network of acting singularities, now ready to afford the collective metaphysical crash to come.

(Zozzal & Year of no light – 2010)

Members
Pierre: guitar & funeral hermeneutics
Jérôme: guitar & electrical geometry
Shiran: guitar & heavy cosmogony
Johan: bass, keyboards & tantric computation
Bertrand: drums, keyboards & cosmic cognition
Mathieu: drums, über-modern electronics & pendular architecture

Discography

Split w/ Bagarre Générale

1.
Year Of No Light – Year of no light – Sar Ha-Olam 07:06
2.
Bagarre Générale & Year of no light – Chapelle Ardente 12:16
3.
Bagarre Générale – Furvent 16:23
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released February 1, 2015

Tocsin

1.
Tocsin 13:49
2.
Géhenne 05:53
3.
Désolation 10:28
4.
Stella Rectrix 12:51
5.
Alamüt 14:15
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On this outstanding new offering, YEAR OF NO LIGHT , the undisputed leader of Instrumental Post-Metal, continues to explore the boundless possibilities of its unique transcendental expression of sound.
This third full lenght album, and third masterpiece, is a doom expedition that moves from slow, tribal pounding and shimmering ambience through an echo chamber of melodic guitar notes and into a vast, black pit of fuzz-bombed despair streaked with feedback and touched by the pale beckoning hand of death.
Extremely heavy, divinely stellar, and epic. “Tocsin” is an unforgettable journey beyond the laws of Post-Metal, Doom Metal, hypnotic musical forms and any other influence marked with the seal of pure mysticism…
A wholly metaphysical experience.
Maximum volume delivers maximum results !
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released November 29, 2013

Vampyr

1.
Générique 02:10
2.
Courtempierre 04:01
3.
Testament 03:57
4.
Ombres 09:30
5.
Meurtre 02:42
6.
Deuil 04:25
7.
Vampire 01:59
8.
Morsure 03:21
9.
Damnée 04:59
10.
Malédiction 02:45
11.
Exsangue 03:39
12.
Saignée/Révélations 04:25
13.
Passages 04:51
14.
Outremonde (Hiérophante) 07:08
15.
Profanation/Rédemption 03:35
16.
Orée (Abbesse) 07:24
about
When old time friend and promoter Guillaume Gwardeath asked us about creating and performing an original piece for a “to be defined silent film”, we said yes, but without having any idea where this project would lead us. Then, after some harsh bargaining, YONL finally started to work on C.T. Dreyer’s “Vampyr”.
It was in Fall 2009, a few months before “Ausserwelt” ‘s release. No need to say: facing such a masterpiece forces your humility and curbs your ego at the right place… But we were – and still are – so fascinated by the labyrinth-like metaphysics embodied in this movie than we decided to move on.
One thing was clear : it was out of question to compose a score for “Vampyr”. Instead, all of our souls and bodies should be dedicated into giving life to a sonic reverberation of Dreyer’s obsession for beauty, death, love, vengeance, sin, forgiveness, evil, redemption and faith.
The premiere happened in Bordeaux during Spring 2010. What we think would be a one shot experience soon transformed itself into a two years reverie trip around Europe, be it at Roadburn Festival in the magnificent Midi Theater, under the snowy winter skies of Tallinn, at 2 AM in Germany after a terrific Nifelheim show or in a XVIIth Century fortress in the heart of Carpathian… mountains…
YONL played “Vampyr” for the last time in Bordeaux, at Krakatoa, in February 2012. The performance was a recorded one and gave birth to the LP you’re holding in your hands. Facing C. T. Dreyer’s “Vampyr” was always a fragile exercise and sometimes took the form of a metanoia. It marked us both as a band and as persons.
Thank you
“It’s 4PM and the Midi Theater is super packed, there’s a line outside. Luckily I have a photo pass, so I make my way in. Year Of No Light is just starting their second set for Roadburn, this time a premiere: they’re performing the soundtrack for C.T. Dreyer’s horror masterpiece, Vampyr. No one is moving, everyone’s eyes are staring at the projection screen, the music is very soft and barely there in the beginning, but it just builds and builds momentum… It goes hand in hand with the plot, and at pivotal times in the movie it just explodes, only so that it can start all over again. Beautiful! Very interesting, an equally captivating yet relaxing performance – except for the moments when they go all out, both with the music and lighting. Without a doubt a successful experiment, if we can call it that.”
Stefan Raduta / Transylvanian Hungerrr
Pressing infos:
Double vinyl including a CD version available on Music Fear Satan.
1.000 copies (150 on grey vinyl, 150 on white vinyl and 700 on black vinyl) .
CD-only version available on Init Records.
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released May 7, 2013
Performed and recorded @ Krakatoa, Winter 2012
Recorded and mixed by Cyrille Gachet
Mastered by Alan Douches
Crepuscular light show by Manu Romani
Layout by Greg Vezon
Extreme gratitude : Nico (MusicFearSatan), Marco & Le Krakatoa, Guillaume Gwardearth (Barbey), Marie-Agnès & Le Jean Vigo, Le Sans Réserve, Walter & Jurgen (Roadburn Festival), Le Magasin 4 and its crew, Doru (Dark Bombastic Event), Mina (Hell’s Pleasure Metalfest), Jarmo (Heliosphere Festival).

Split w/ Mars Red Sky

1.
Mars Red Sky – Falls 06:23
2.
Black Bath 04:38
3.
Mars Red Sky & Year Of No Light – Green Rune White Totem 12:00

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Limited edition of collaboration/split ep by two Bordeaux bands Mars Red Sky and Year Of No Light:
200 copies on Black vinyl
200 copies on Red/Black marbled vinyl
Side B has both bands playing together.
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released July 6, 2012
Mastering by Cyrille Gachet
Artwork & visual construction by Jérôme Alban

Split w/ Altar Of Plagues

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Møn 09:50
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Limited to 1400 copies all on black vinyl.
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released May 1, 2012
Mastering by Cyrille Gachet
Artwork & Visual construction by Glyn Smyth @ Scrawled Design
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all rights reserved

Split w/ Thisquietarmy

1.
Vous Etes Un Nada Mort Marchant Autour Du Visible 12:27
2.
Year Of No Light & Thisquietarmy – Une Odeur Que Je Capte Quand Leurs Yeux Explosent 08:05
3.
Thisquietarmy – Aphorismes 12:00
4.
Thisquietarmy & Year Of No Light – Langue De Feu 09:46
about
Limited to 500 copies on vinyl:
300 on black
100 on white
100 on clear
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released April 1, 2012
Artwork & Layout by Nicolas Bazire
Recorded & Mixed by Year Of No Light & Thisquietarmy in Bordeaux & Montréal, 2011/2012
Mastered by Cyrille Gachet
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all rights reserved

Ausserwelt

1.
Perséphone (Enna) 11:56
2.
Perséphone (Coré) 09:37
3.
Hiérophante 13:16
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4.
Abbesse 13:11
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released April 26, 2010

Live at Roadburn 2008

1.
Audience Noise / Drones 01:08
2.
Tu As Fait De Moi Un Homme Meilleur 04:45
3.
Cimmeria 05:12
4.
Traversée 08:13
5.
Metanoia 08:49
6.
L’Angoisse Du Veilleur De Nuit D’Autoroute Les Soirs D’Alarme À Accident 03:51
7.
Les Mains De L’Empereur 11:51
8.
The Golden Horn Of The Moon 16:01
about
Live at Roadburn 2008 is our first live album, recorded at the famous Roadburn Festival.
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released April 1, 2011
The performance was recorded live at the 13th Roadburn Festival, April 19, 2008 at 013 (The Batcave), Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Mixed and mastered by Cyrille Gachet in Bordeaux, France.
Roadburn Records initially released the album in August 2009. It was only available as an LP/DVD pack (RBR015), in a limited edition of 500 copies in three versions (300 black vinyl, 100 gold [+ a silk-screened poster in bonus], 100 silver), all in gatefold covers, attached with a 61 minute DVD of the live show.
In April 2011, Roadburn Records reissued it on a CD edition (RBR017).

Nord (Deluxe Edition)

1.
Sélénite 05:04
2.
L’Angoisse Du Veilleur De Nuit D’Autoroute Les Soirs D’Alarme À Accident 03:02
3.
Traversée 09:00
4.
Librium 02:15
5.
Les Mains De L’Empereur 09:57
6.
Tu As Fait De Moi Un Homme Meilleur 04:40
7.
Somnambule 08:37
8.
Prosodia 02:34
9.
Par Économie Pendant La Crise On Éteint La Lumière Au Bout Du Tunnel 05:36
10.
La Bouche De Vitus Bering 07:40
11.
Cimmeria 04:25
12.
Le rire mauvais des enfants sages 01:09
13.
Metanoia 08:28
14.
Ils te feront payer tes crimes en monnaie de cauchemar 01:10
15.
Adoration 04:16
16.
Qu’importe qu’ils me haïssent, pourvu qu’ils me craignent 07:00
17.
Disorder (Joy Division cover) 05:35
18.
Les Mains De Nadja 07:05
19.
Ils avaient des visages d’anges et des fusils automatiques 03:34
20.
The Golden Horn Of The Moon (Studio Version) 11:14
21.
The Figurehead (The Cure cover) 07:18
about
To celebrate our tenth birthday, here’s the reissue of our first album “Nord”, initially released in 2006 on Radar Swarm/Crucial Blast with a bonus CD compiling rare tracks from split records (with ROSETTA and KARYSUN among others), some covers (JOY DIVISION and THE CURE) and old remastered songs from our demo. This reissue really worths to collect all tracks from our first line-up (before our instrumental era begun with “Ausserwelt”) with agressive songs and screaming vocals. Six years after its first release, this record is still actual with its post-metal style mixed with a lot of other tunes (sludge, drone, black-metal, etc).
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released March 1, 2012

3 Way Split w/ East of the Wall & Rosetta

1.
Cimmeria 04:25
2.
Metanoia 08:28
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A three way Split with East of the Wall, Rosetta & Year of No Light.
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released December 1, 2009
[ TRACK LISTING ]
East Of The Wall
Scumbrella
(01. Mud Button, 02. Silt, 03. Dirt Merchant)
Year Of No Light
Cimmeria
Metanoia
Rosetta
Homesick
[ LINER NOTES ]
East Of The Wall material engineered by Chris Alfano, mixed and mastered by Colin Marston at A Thousand Caves.
Year Of No Light material recorded, mixed and mastered by Cyrille Gachet.
Rosetta material engineered by BJ McMurtrie and Matt Weed at Jane Doll, mixed by Matt Weed, Mastered by Colin Marston at A Thousand Caves.
Photography by Andrew Weiss, Design and Layout by Eric Nyffeler for Doe Eyed Design.

Split w/ Fear Falls Burning + Nadja vs Machu Picchu Mother Future

1.
The Golden Horn Of The Moon (Studio Version) 11:14
2.
Les Mains De Nadja 07:05
about
Year Of No Light offers two new tracks featuring studio collaborations with Fear Falls Burning and Nadja.
While on an east coast tour in November of 2007, Conifer (Important Records) and Lesbian (Holy Mountain) drove to Richmond, Virginia arriving at 5a.m. and ended up crashing at the Sound Of Music recording studio for two nights. There to play a show with Souvenir’s Young America (Crucial Blast) at the Nara Sushi, all three bands (11 members total in one live room) entered the studio on very little sleep and recorded roughly two hours of improvised music… very loosely structured and minds somewhat altered… These sessions birthed what will be known as “Space Mountain Forever.”
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released November 1, 2009
[ TRACK LISTING ]
Split w/ Fear Falls Burning + Nadja vs Machu Picchu Mother Future | YEAR OF NO LIGHT (bandcamp.com)
Side A :
Year Of No Light – The Golden Horn Of The Moon (Studio Version) (Featuring Fear Falls Burning)
Year Of No Light – Les Mains De Nadja (Remix by Nadja)
Side B :
Machu Picchu Mother Future (Souvenir’s Young America + Conifer + Lesbian) – Space Mountain Forever

Split w/ Karysun

1.
Adoration 04:16


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Split EP between the french sludge stoner band Karysun and Year of No Light.
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released September 25, 2009

[ TRACK LISTING ]
SIDE A
01. Karysun – “Salvation”

SIDE B
02. Year of No Light – “Adoration”


[ LINER NOTES ]
YONL song recorded, mixed and mastered by Cyrille Gachet
KARYSUN song recorded by Guillaume Doussaud & Anthony Josse, mixed and mastered by Guillaume Doussaud
Artwork by Ryan Patterson / Auxiliary Design
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all rights reserved

Dark 80’s

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Disorder (Joy Division cover) 05:38


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4 track comp featuring covers of your favorite 80’s bands (Joy Division, The Cure, Killing Joke) by your favorite 00’s bands (Year Of No Light, Abronzius, Kill The Thrill, One Second Riot).
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released June 1, 2009

[ TRACK LISTING ]
SIDE A
1. One Second Riot “One Hundred Years”
2. Abronzius “Charlottte Sometimes”
SIDE B
1. Kill The Thrill “The Pandys Are Coming”
2. Year Of No Light “Disorder”
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all rights reserved

Fear Drop #14 – Coal Fire

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The Figurehead (The Cure cover) 07:23


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Fear Drop #14 “Coal Fire” is a special issue of the magazine with CD, about The Cure’s Pornography.

Inside : a study of the album (French AND English). The CD is given with the magazine, it features covers of the eight tracks of the album.
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released November 23, 2008

[ TRACK LISTING ]
01. Nadja “One Hundred Years”
02. Dirge “A Short Term Effect”
03. Savage Republic “The Hanging Garden”
04. Wild Shores “Siamese Twins”
05. Year Of No Light “The Figurehead”
06. Kill The Thrill “A Strange Day”
07. Troum “Cold”
08. Contagious Orgasm “Pornography”
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all rights reserved

Demo 2004

1.Thanatos 04:18

2.L’angoisse du veilleur de nuit d’autoroute les soirs d’alarme à accident 02:44

3.Le rire mauvais des enfants sages 01:06

4.Tu as fait de moi un homme meilleur 04:16

5.Ils avaient des visages d’anges et des fusils automatiques 03:32

6.Ils te feront payer tes crimes en monnaie de cauchemar 01:08

7.Par économie pendant la crise on éteint la lumière au bout du tunnel 04:55

8.Qu’importe qu’ils me haïssent, pourvu qu’ils me craignent 06:59


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Heavy and atmospheric sludgy post-hardcore “de l’Apocalypse” for ISIS, CULT OF LUNA and EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY fan’s.
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released July 1, 2004

Recorded by Julien PEREZ late june 2004.

Thanks : Jon – Manu – Yann – Gaetan – Thomas – Thierry – Unhurt – Christophe – Greg & Loulou prod

Music | YEAR OF NO LIGHT (bandcamp.com)

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A sprawling sludge-doom-post-metal panorama – 90%

NausikaDalazBlindaz, May 24th, 2015

Funnily this album by French sludge doomsters Year Of No Light reminds me of how much I miss early Nadja before that band started parodying itself with bombastic remakes of earlier material. YONL may not be very original and the music might be more lumbering and repetitive than inspiring but their style is very solid and meaty, covering both ends of their sound spectrum with deep and robust thunder-drums, grinding bass and howling siren guitars high in the far distance. True, these guys don’t do “melodic” at all well but maybe that’s not their intent, the aim instead being to fully immerse listeners in a vast and sprawling soundscape panorama that lifts them onto another plane of consciousness and existence that would otherwise remain out of reach on the material plane.

Without a doubt the central pieces on “Ausserwelt” are the two “Perséphone” tracks which perhaps (both tracks are instrumental pieces, as is the rest of the album) trace the kidnapping of Perséphone by Hades and her descent into his kingdom, and her ascension back onto Earth respectively. Both are very expansive tracks in atmosphere and structure with an emphasis on long droning crumbly-raw guitar tones, slow rhythms and repetition of riffs and motifs. Extended guitar feedback tones draw your attention to vast interior spaces that go on and on forever, faster than the speed of light, as far as one’s inner eye can see. It may be a desolate and empty-looking universe yet beneath the blankness is the potential for new worlds to arise. The second track “Perséphone (Coré)” seems to be a more positive, focused and structured track with powerful drumwork, swooping bass chord sequences and more guitar drones squealing up to the heavens.

Admittedly the remaining tracks are little different in structure, sound or speed: if the “Perséphone” tracks carved out their particular part of YONL’s sonic universe, then the rest of “Ausserwelt” explore details of areas already well-trodden and discover new ways of experiencing them. The music ranges from martial to solemn and sorrowing, and while the territory feels familiar to me as a long-time doom metal fan, reconnecting with it through YONL’s fusion of sludge, doom and post-metal is a novel experience for me.

If you love heavy and transcendental sound art with sludge, doom and post-metal influences, and which fills your mind with cosmic trance experiences, then this album will fill your appetite.

Ausserwelt

Isis’ bastard child – 88%

karma_sleeper, August 20th, 2008

Nowadays, it’s easy to find bands shooting for the Isis hallmarks. Why not? For most people, dirgey riffs are easier to swallow with pleasant melodies. But don’t dismiss these French atmospheric metallers for Isis doppelgangers just yet. Year of No Light has launched itself to the forefront of atmospheric ‘metalgaze’ with a powerful album some bands would take years to cultivate.

Nord begins with a song blooming with layer upon layer of rich, interwoven melody. It’s as though the entire song were a crescendo sculpted and manipulated to perfection; reconstructing each layer of melody into something new and enticing. After a while, the intensity levels off, and the song deconstructs itself through the same droning chords by which it began. At this moment, you realize Year of No Light has something more up its sleeve than shamelessly aping of its predecessors. Songs like the opener ‘Sélénite’ capture a balance between serenity and skull crushing power rarely seen.

Other songs coat gargantuan riffs with sweet melodies like icing on a cake. The result builds in form and substance until it reaches the boiling point. The tension is released. Unstoppable riffs hollow out your ears, feedback bleeds them dry, and you’re left thirsting for more.

Nord is not without its faults. Shrieking vocals rise painfully as if from the bottom of a well – muffled and distant. An homage to Isis no doubt. Nord also tops an hour. While I insist you can never have too much of a good thing, eating too much ice cream still gives you a splitting headache. The same can be said for the latter part of this album. It never stops delivering a masterful blend of aggressive dirge like jangles, but things start to hurt.

Whatever minor abnormalities distress you, Nord comes back twice as strong each time. Constant build ups, calculated releases, and passionate plateaus of textured melodic perfection are guaranteed to please. If you can turn a blind eye to obvious imitations of Isis, Cult of Luna, and Neurosis then you will definitely appreciate the grander scheme layered beneath said crust.

Year of No Light – Nord – Reviews – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives (metal-archives.com)

Stupendous French band of atmospheric post metal, very well-structured dark melodies with intense vigor, different from those who expect softness and melancholy, with strong visceral energy filled with riffs, killer chords and deep vocals, really a great mix of styles to kick the bucket off. and break the monotony. Aryon Maiden

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