"The Void Falls Silent" (Gladiator Records; 2001)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Uh oh. The first thing I see is a Timothy Leary quote. Well, on second thought, it seems obvious as Timothy Leary crafted the quote that begins "Light is the language of ..." and how we are nothing but space dust being recycled from the stars to the Earth and back to the stars again. I remember from my college days, studying the Sixties counterculture, that Timothy Leary's influence and god-like stature has a wide range of appeal. Light Is The Language, too, is capable of a wide range of appeal in the hardcore, metalcore, and 'math' metal communities.

With "The Void Falls Silent" I hear a new take on the metalcore sound by incorporating 'mathematic' elements. As such, what I hear in Light Is The Language is parts Vision Of Disorder and parts The Dillinger Escape Plan. You could easily throw names like Indecision and Luddite Clone without making someone go 'huh?'

The furious "I Was Born A Vietnam Vet" bleeds right into the next (and very discordant) track "Do You Want To Play Bloody Knuckles" while "The Digital Wendingo vs. The Little Guy" shreds its way in a technical bath of seriousness. "The Mating Habits Of A Blind Misanthrope" is yet another discordant song that manages to fuel anger in a pointed social critique. "Occam's Razor" presents an unspeakable future that decimates all life. These five songs are book-ended by two pieces of voices and unexpected musical moments that belie the intensity of the five songs sandwiched in the middle. It almost plays out like a movie in a semi-visual way.

Light Is The Language's self-produced first EP also happens to be the first CD in the Gladiator Records catalog (a self-produced EP preceded "The Void Falls Silent").

Light Is The Language is Ryan on vocals, Brian on guitar and vocals, Donny on guitar, Jeanne on bass, and Nick on percussion.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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