Kicking off the album is this unbelievably epic prologue that Luca Turilli himself would be enthralled by. It’s absolutely beautiful and deep, creating so much energy and excitement about the album to come. About a third of the way through the piano driven orchestration, the metal begins abruptly with blasting drum lines and killer rhythm guitar work. The relentless push continues until the vocals hit with rough growls provided by the male vocalist, Nathan “the Ravenous”. The band also features a female vocalist, Charlotte “the Alluring” with a piercingly clear operatic vocal style that fits unbelievably well with the rougher musicians around her.
While the influence from bands like Ensiferum and Alestorm is palpable, the band manages to bring a lot of originality into their sound. For example, “The Drunken Monks of Halamathunk” which is one of the danciest folk metal song I’ve ever heard. Andy “the Cunning”, leads the tune on the keys and soars above the band with great dancing lines that communicate so well with the guitar work. Justin “The Fierce”’s guitar style is extremely rhythmic and jaunty, and matched with moving bass lines for Corey (“Vigorous” is a fitting nickname) the song is nearly perfect. The story told here is fantastic, but most importantly fun. That’s truly the vibe felt throughout A Light Cut Through the Void, as it’s obvious the band enjoys every second of what they’re doing.