Three years after "Golden Age" there is with "Street Lights Fail" a new sign of life of the Swiss avant-garde progmetallers around Fredy Schnyder: the first part of a dilogy, which will be completed with the upcoming "Neon Light Eterna" next year. Schnyder sees a "new beginning" in the double work (Din A5 Digipak): "If Nucleus Torn is remembered by anyone, then please use these two albums." On the sixth release he and his six comrades-in-arms offer a mixture of (psychedelic) folk, medieval elements, modern classical music, (prog)metal, surrealism and avant-garde. However, the three almost chamber music pieces offered here, with their numerous narrative elements, different moods and image-inducing sounds, possess an intensity and hypnotic attraction that the band has never experienced before. Moreover, Anna Murphy (Eluveitie) is the first to hear a whole Nucleus Torn album with her singing for a long time and has a decisive influence on it. A monolith in the enchanted no man's land between folk and metal.
Top track: Glad To Show The Light