A Storm Of Light - As We Become The Valley Of Death Our Silver Dreams Fade

Resident Neurosis visual artist (and ex-Red Sparowes guitarist/Battle Of Mice multi-tasker) Josh Graham & his revolving cast of players are releasing the third A Storm Of Light album next month: The rock-oriented (but still vast) As We Become The Valley of Death, Our Silver Dreams Fade follows 2009′s Forgive Us Our Trespasses. (Instead of doing it on house label Neurot, he’s jumped to Profound Lore.) Appropriately, the heavy, doomy, truly lighter-lifting 9-song collection includes Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil on two tracks. Graham passed along his thoughts on the collaboration: Read his words and then take a listen to “Missing,” a song that includes Thayil along with regular A Storm Of Light collaborator, vocalist Nerissa Campbell.

We first met Kim Thayil at our Seattle show with Shrinebuilder about a year ago. That show led to me working with Soundgarden over the last 9 months, completing artwork for Telephantasm and Live on I5. Over the course of those projects Kim and I became friends, talking extensively about music, ours and others we like.

Simultaneously Storm had begun working on our third studio record, experimenting with shorter, faster, and heavier material. As the record started to come together we realized it was moving into more of the rock world, which we’re kind of surprised by but decided to embrace it. Over the course of the last four releases (our Latitudes session is coming out soon as well) we’ve invited musicians and friends alike to play with us both on record and live. It keeps things fresh and always evolving, something we are really into as band.

As we felt the music was shifting directions we started to think about the guest musicians and Kim immediately came to mind. It just seemed to be right, and Kim agreed. We recorded demos and sent them to Kim about a month prior to the recording. After talking about the approach we agreed that Kim should just do anything he wanted. Over the course of a couple of days in the studio in Seattle, he sent us the tracks and the rest is history.


As We Become The Valley of Death, Our Silver Dreams Fade is out 5/17 via Profound Lore. In addition to Graham, bassist Domenic Seita (ex-Tombs) and multi-instrumentalist/producer Joel Hamilton (ex-Battle Of Mice, etc.) return with new drummer Billy Graves. The album includes guest spots from Jarboe, Kris Force (Amber Asylum), Matthias Bossi (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum/The Book Of Knots), and Carla Kihlstedt (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum/The Book Of Knots).

Comments (5)
  1. the guy worked on the Telephantasm artwork. That must be the ugliest album cover ever…(-:

  2. I’ve liked everything A Storm of Light has put out thus far, and I’m looking forward to this new one. All of their releases, however, have had one critical problem for me: the synthetic, rubbery drum sounds. Seems the new album will be no different.

    • I love that Haunting The Chapel commenters regularly focus on, and critique, drum sound.

    • I really disagree. That drum sound is really really hard to get. The mic placement at Studio G and Joel’s engineering is awesome. Having them poke through the thickness of those tracks like that is extremely difficult to engineer and takes a lot of intelligent use of side-chaining compressors and expanders. Joel is a drummer as well as an engineer and I think he does a damn fantastic job with getting a massive drum sound. Synthetic drums don’t PUMP like that. That’s just a good compression / expansion chain from good ears IMO.

  3. I’m just happy that he seems to be getting away from his Neurosis influence so much and finding his own style.

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