A Subtler Kind Of Light


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Alice M.
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Alice M. From uncanny clean vocals to gloomy ambient stuff, it kinda sounds like several bands took turns crafting this record.
Riley Kesselring
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Riley Kesselring these guys killed it. exceptionally diverse album Favorite track: Fall (Ptosi).
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last vinyl before doomsday Brilliant, incredibly original heavy music that incorporates of myriad of genres into an experimental, unnerving and extremely challenging whole. One of the best records of 2017 thus far.
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Head-Banger Reviews A masterfully perfect record that is truly one of a kind Favorite track: Pillar (Vraxos).
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zack zubilewich A little bit of everything i like Favorite track: Light (Fos).
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RMK Helm, I remember you when you were a regular commenter on Invisible Oranges back in the day. Your knowledge and dedication to metal has earned my respect in itself. I look forward to spending a lot of time with this album. Cheers! -RMK
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Coming from Greece, LOCUST LEAVES have been an elusive entity for a very long time. “A Subtler Kind Of Light”, the band's first full-length album to be released professionally, is just the pinnacle of an underground trajectory spent far from the spotlights, cultivating an ecumenical vision of metal that along the years has spawned many quality recordings. Each of them has contributed to cement the nature of a progressive and highly creative project, an entity more interested in exploring new ways of expression than passively adhering to genre conventions or bog-standard styles.

Featuring a couple of illustrious guests, drummer Vorskaath (Zemial) and guitarist Ayloss (Spectral Lore), “A Subtler Kind Of Light” is graced by Nick K.'s passionate, spine-chilling vocal performance and by the astonishing talent of multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Helm, also author of the enigmatic album cover and inside artwork. This is the core of LOCUST LEAVES, a duo of alchemists at ease with filtering the savagery of black-thrash metal and the suffocating grip of doom through the emotional, dramatic crescendos of progressive metal and the atmospheric qualities of ambient music.

The lyrical concept behind “A Subtler Kind Of Light” reflects the depth and complexity of the music, amounting to the difficult search for true identity and the necessity to confront society's rules. “The album is about transmutation,” explains Helm, “it's about becoming who you've always known you had to be - and running against the manifestation of Empyrean law in the process: The Creator, overseeing the Pillar of All Names on which we are all carved in constellations of complicity in the injustice of this world. The cost paid for one's desire for transmutation is high as the Good Lord mangles one in our name of the many. Logic, catalogue, the power of the archive prevails... Or does it? Even broken and crushed to near nothing, something remains. Something must always remain. A voice, a final utterance of a vague, illogical, recurring consonant/vowel that can't be pinpointed down or disambiguated with our science: 'h'. This last utterance turns a fall into flight, and tragedy to myth. A silver soul floats forever through the darkness and towards the more subtle light of the dark star in the sky.”


released March 17, 2017

Nick K. - Voices
Helm - Music

Additional personnel:
Vorskaath - Drums
Ayloss - Lead Guitar
Gemeinschaft Triste - Ambience

Cover art and booklet drawings by Helm


CD: Cat. Nr. IVR073
LP: Cat. Nr. IVR073LP


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Track Name: Light (Fos)
There is a box
Without a key
Inside it
It holds letters three

Poetry macabre
And crumpled secrets
Beautiful petals, delicate
But only one withered

Her saccharine form
She cries unheard
Performing on command
"Turn until you break"

Her silver blood drips from her wound
The shape of a sickle moon

As cracks begin to show
And tragedy unfolds

The plastique veneer strains
We cannot see, for the burning light of reason

Φως σχίζει το φύλλο αμφίκυρτα

It bends nameless folds
Of passions without form
Tearing the night from the day
Day from the night

O, silent Heve, servant and thrall, ageless
In secret you smile, I know the hidden reason why
Voiceless slave, daughter unheard, borne of the Law
Eternal child, endlessly you serve
The mad decree of a Demiurge unseen


Her bestial father
Slew his ancient progenitor
And for her to live
She must castrate a God

Seven, four, sixteen
She was certain
Pink and blue and black
Black like the devil's eyes

For how much more
Can this old stone
Cast this terrible shadow?
This killing mill
Endlessly grinds
From east to west

The dancer strains
Inside the box
To break the form and to unfold

Rather than being just to be
Hoping to live so she can see
The black star in the sky

A truth to be wed to a lie

And if madness must be the the great cost
Then madness becomes she

So it is
So it must be
Let the portrait grow old now
Let youth and beauty be lost

To be her desire to be
To climb the heavens

Nameless is she
Headless is she
To shatter the omniscent archive
To withstand the noumenal law

If reason dictates my deceit
Then desire believes me

A corpse I be
Headless, silver
Silver and headless
A darkly mirror curved

Curved mirror
Refracting silver light
An impossible hope
Waited long enough
For long enough she waited

Black sails on the horizon
I've waited long enough
Track Name: Pillar (Vraxos)
Her heart an ambition
Tearing at the night sky
She trails to the edge
The tellurian verge of this world

Through boiling seas
Burning black earth
Bottomless chasms

Tending her wound
Shielding her heart
Together, apart
She's nearer to the white stone

At last
Transgressing the

Withered and swamp-bathed
A shroud on the world

Offal and butchery

Claw at her wounds
Rending her heart
Pulling apart
Until she's bare

The firmament screams the song of longing

The petrified corpses
She must climb

A billion passions through time
Canonized on this stone
Carved in killing order

To see beyond it she must climb
A monument to tragedy

To see beyond it she must climb
She will fall
She must fall

Elytrous spine
Structures align
Taunting her will to ascend

As she traces
The flesh of the stone
Constellations of names
Carved of no hand
Connected by fate
All there's been and will be

Webbed are the names
Connected by grooves
Knowledge and memory, truth
She knows that it is a lie

She must climb

The name of her father is there
Her mother, insane
Her brother is there
Impostor in her place

An endless voyage through time
Built the horror of this stone

To see beyond it she must climb
A monument to tragedy

Dead, in his place
In his place
In her place
She was born

For every time you've been a coward
For every mollified excuse
For every time you've stood for nothing
Construing justice for the truth

You were there
Your name was there
You were there
And she must climb

With your silence she's been scarred
And your cruelty remains
Your name is there
Your name is there

You are there
You are there
And she must climb
She has to climb

She will fall

She must fall

She shall fall

She will fall
Track Name: Fall (Ptosi)
So she climbs
The endless stone marked by
Seasons of distress
To it she gives

Her fingers and her flesh
Torn away in a million gusts
Mutilated to our name

Forever closer to the top
This monument to human genius
With force it takes
More and more
So she can hear

His voice


I turned and saw it
The eye is on it
I see it strain
Its pity significance

It's not enough
You're not enough
You don't deserve petition

Impostor, your ablation rots

Your blood must flow
For those below
That wither in the mire

Can you touch me
With your protrusions
What do your gestures mean

Your limbs I take
So it's decreed
The sun will burn you

Your cursed breast sliced
Inside the eye of
The Innumerable

Is this the light
That you thought
In your mind
That you would extinguish
Where is your silver want?

Your stars have drowned
They never existed
Tricked by my

Want is not power
Want is not power

Your want my power denies


Your lips, offering
To my crown
I sear your ugly genitals
And still you speak


How dare you invoke
And covet her service?
You have served not

A fantasy of fate

For this, I take your eyes

Man has gazed up to my expanse
For millenea, they made petition

Man killed for truth
Screaming their endless plight
To terror I answered

Construing through Logos they ammased
Their scrutiny of science

The blood in their hearts
Called out all the same

I answered

And as through digital doctorine
A billion hands tore hearts
On faded keys and lonely screens
They asked

I answered

You don't deserve petition
Your silver blood is weak
You have only yourself to kill
For me

Your question is no question
For if it were you'd know
The answer from the first word
You know it

Man is man
And woman's not
Mourn for life
And death will come

In shadows, your respite
You are my plaything
And I am God
The Phallus of Logic

My decree

The globe's tall curve
I rape forever
Your question
You demand

For how
Could a curve


Reduced to meat
And spine
Still you climb
Your bleeding hole
Still cries out her name

I take your tongue


Silence! Shapless, faceless pulp!
You are nothing! There is nothing of you left!

Fall to the depths of my foundation, abomination!
Drown in the swamps of my ejaculation!





Track Name: Flight (Ptisi)

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