AN­CIENT LIGHTS

11Paraonoias and 5ive mem­bers trip out

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterranea - WORDS: DOM LAW­SON

Fancy a trip? An­cient Lights cer­tainly do. An ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing of mantra-fu­elled minds, this col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Adam Richard­son (11Paranoias/ ex-Ramesses) and 5ive gui­tar guru Ben Carr was born as an idea when their old bands toured and jammed to­gether in 2004. More than a decade later, and with drum­mer Tim Ber­tils­son in­stalled as the last piece of the sonic puz­zle, that idea has be­come a mind-spin­ning re­al­ity on An­cient Lights’ epony­mous de­but.

“The im­mense com­bined sound of both bands fu­elled the flame,” Adam re­calls. “It just took 13 years to be­come ablaze. The clinch­ing ad­di­tion of Tim to our phan­tas­mal band catal­ysed the dream into a plane of al­most ex­is­tence. That’s a sen­ti­ment that I think is au­di­ble on our LP. It’s a sound that at once came from nowhere and ev­ery­where.”

A free­wheel­ing, drone-driven ram­ble through dense, hal­lu­ci­na­tory forests and sun-rav­aged, cav­ernous men­tal plains, the mu­sic on An­cient Lights emerged from the trippy doom equiv­a­lent of so-called ‘au­to­matic’ writ­ing.

“Even we are un­sure how most of these ex­plo­rations were gen­er­ated,” he con­fesses. “We recorded six hours of mu­sic and grabbed a small amount of the ripe fruit. These in­au­gu­ral songs are sub­con­scious creations and are of­ten sur­pris­ing in out­come as well as in their ef­fect upon the lis­tener and our­selves.”

What An­cient Lights are ped­dling is not for the res­o­lutely earth­bound, but for those happy to tune in to their dis­ori­en­tat­ing fre­quen­cies, pre­sum­ably while baked beyond all recog­ni­tion, the psy­che­delic po­ten­tial is un­de­ni­able. For Adam, the songs con­jure “an in­vented uni­verse that is eter­nally evolv­ing through mass ex­pe­ri­ence and linked con­scious­ness – an end­lessly bloom­ing yet crowded galaxy of black stars that will not shine on you and will re­main oc­culted from view even though you can feel them press­ing down on you all the time.

“But I don’t want to in­flu­ence what peo­ple see inside their minds,” he con­cludes. “I’d rather they all have their own trip and com­pare notes with oth­ers af­ter their jour­ney has ended.”

an­cient lights: best pack your bags, you’re go­ing on a trip iM­MER­siVE DOOM/PsYch Di­VER­siONs!

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