There have already been many talks about the huge increase of solo projects throughout the most recent years, mostly in post-metal and the more underground sub-genres of black. But it looks like it is also happening with other scenes such as doom and sludge. DEVASTATING LIGHT is an example of this expansion, a post-metal / sludge project developed entirely by Finnish musician Teemu Toikka.
I have already failed you is his first production and it is an EP containing three songs that, from the perspective of a new father in a state of depression who lives in a world that is ending, asks himself: is it correct to bring a new life in these conditions?
All those uncertainties, fears and the very weight of life take over a music that is instrumentally somehow minimalist, but is very well thought out. It is very interesting how it accentuates and dims the emotions alternating the presences and absence of the different instruments. He has created songs with a minimum duration of eight minutes, with interludes to catch air, in which heavy rhythms, spaced and relentless riffs are repeated and accompanied by melodies. Evoking AMENRA, especially in the vocals-wise and / or CULT OF LUNA.
The mixing and mastering have also been the musician’s doing, and the truth is that he has achieved a very analogue sound, so much so that it would have been awesome to have Planet K records releasing it on vinyl, although you can already find it on CD and cassette; because with I have already failed you as a starting point, I am sure it is something that the public will be demanding. Both for this and future records that I hope we can hear soon.