This album consists solely of a cello and stunning female vocals. However the atmosphere and sheer power generated would be the envy of many an extreme metal act. Although it wears classical clothes, underneath there undeniably beats, a (black) metal heart. This is down to the marriage between Heather Sita Black's sublime voice and Raphael Weinroth-Browne's extremely aggressive cello playing, the merging of beauty and aggression that is the feature of many of the better modern BM releases.
Superb album. I see it as a sort of musical companion to 'Woodfall', Musk Ox's latest effort, with Weinroth playing beautifully on both releases. Wonderfully melancholic and great for a rainy day or walk in the woods...
Favorite track: Without This Flesh.
A truly outstanding piece of frost-bitten catharsis. These guys know how to find the beauty in darkness and harness it to a slingshot pointed at the sun. Check this out if you're in need of something that stimulates introspection as well as emotionality.
"Through Darkness Into Light is five tracks of epic, haunting melancholia…”
- Decibel Magazine
"In a world full of musical clones and bands trying too hard to be different, The Visit have managed to naturally conceive a wholly unique presence and sound that is majestic in its vision, scope and execution."
- The Toilet Ov Hell
"[...] Singularly unique in vision and scope. With equal appeal to the metal and classical crowd (not to mention the neofolk), Through Darkness into Light is an album that needs to be experienced to appreciate fully."
- Dead Rhetoric
"The Visit’s debut full-length Through Darkness Into Light is not the sort of thing you live with casually. Instead, this is an album to sink into fully, letting its simple but impossibly rich tapestry of sound envelop you like a heavy snow in sunlight yet untouched by footfall […] Let this impossible strength live in you, and then take it with you out into the world."
- Invisible Oranges
"It's clear that The Visit has pulled off something very special here, more unique than other metal-aligned cello bands such as, say, Apocalyptica..."
The Visit, comprised of Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello) and Heather Sita Black (voice) is a musical dialogue that transcends
genres and idioms. The duo’s burgeoning sound is characterized by long, tumultuous compositions reminiscent of another era, which nonetheless exude an undeniable sense of relevance and urgency....more
Lay your body down
upon the heaving ground
Amidst broken glass and stone
that cut straight to bone
Tongue of fire
Scorching the terrain
Setting flames upon the ground
Trying to smother the raging sound
Of voices in your head
They shout and sneer
Nothing is clear
All crumbles down
Flowers will grow from our bodies
in the memories of dreams
Will bloom against the humid backdrop
of lush green hills
We will meet again,
maybe not in this form
Without this flesh
our spirits will dance
The sky is streaked with red
At the horizon awaits death with one question
"How will you spend your final days?"
Time is running out
soon the grave will take us all
Blanket made of soil
Lifelessness will soon decay
Leaving only bone
and finally dust
We will meet again only not in this form
Lay your body down upon the heaving ground
Soon the pain will be gone
Take my hand as you fade away
Track Name: Offering
Offer to the fire
This seemingly endless pain
From the depths of the cavern
Where nightmare creatures gnaw on flesh
Ugly writhing thing, no light have you seen
Not alive, not dead
Hold onto the light