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Enter the infinitely immersive world of Ancient Lights

Ancient Lights promo pic 2018, edited

If you’re of a certain age, disposition and geographical location, you might have found yourself leafing through the London A-Z, but drawn to the pages detailing the outskirts of the city where all the yellows, greens, oranges and reds fade out into white - and wanting to believe that should you ever actually visit these spots, you’ll be faced with the infinite reaches of the void. Maybe you just did drugs instead like a normal person, got a sense of blissfully serene nirvana, and of vast forces beyond, indistinguishable from the outer edges of your consciousness.

It’s just those intoxicating, edge-of-your-mind experiences that Ancient Lights - Adam Richardson (11Paranoias, Ramesses), Ben Carr (5ive, INTRCPTR), and Tim Bertilsson (Switchblade) - have taken 13 earth years to recreate. Due to be released on Friday, July 6 via Ritual Productions the band’s self-titled debut album offers an array of seductively expansive and contemplative missives, from the luxurious, reverb-heavy textures of Decaying Lotus, though the cavernous incantations of Temple Ghosts to War Of Attrition’s metronomic groove, setting off on a pilgrimage that sounds like the late, lamented Isis’s afterlife and beyond.

Ancient Lights doesn’t offer a moment of awe, so much as a 360-degree, utterly immersive experience of it, and for those of you who have nothing constructive to do with the rest of your day, or want your interior world turned into a planetarium, we are proud to offer a stream of the album in all its brain-dilating glory. So prepare to teeter on the edge of reason, look across at the lush, fertile landscapes spread out below and give yourselves to Ancient Lights right here!

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Having freelanced regularly for the Melody Maker and Kerrang!, and edited the extreme metal monthly, Terrorizer, for seven years, Jonathan is now the overseer of all the album and live reviews in Metal Hammer. Bemoans his obsolete superpower of being invisible to Routemaster bus conductors, finds men without sideburns slightly circumspect, and thinks songs that aren’t about Satan, swords or witches are a bit silly.