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'Absence Of Light'
(Rising Records)
Released: 12th December 2011

Daryl Soar

daryl soar

If you're a fan of Drowning Pool's 'Sinner' looking for a worthy successor to Metallica's 'Black' album then look no further. It weighs in at about a Rammstein, and the songs tick by with the same metronomic precision.


The production values are incredibly high. Every beat, every strum, every line is incredibly well-written. The band have left no stone unturned in making sure the songs are as good as they can be. Does it knock my socks off, is it cool? Is imitation ever cool?

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The album is clearly good from the second it starts. It's actually grown on me and I really like it. The vocals too often sound like Hetfield and despite being their own band, the music is very reminiscent of Metallica and Drowning Pool. So it doesn't wow me on every level, even though I really can't fault it. I love the bands I'm being reminded of. The songs are catchy and I keep finding myself humming them.

The only thing missing for me are a few tour dates to see how the songs come across live. Given the general attention to detail, I'm sure the live show will be spectacular.

Xerosun have their sights set on world domination and if they keep up this standard, they might just achieve it.




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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