The eclectic Grand Rapids, MI based musician, Damian Master, has released a surprise EP under his A Pregnant Light moniker. The EP is titled Devotion Unlaced and is the follow-up to last year’s impressive and gut wrenching twenty minute exploration on grief and loss, “Rocky”. The project came into being in 2011 with multiple cassette only releases. Master eventually got around to releasing the official full-length, My Game Has No Name, in 2014. A Pregnant Light takes a whole lot from black metal, but that’s only scratching the surface. Master identifies A Pregnant Light as “purple metal”. But, in the world of extreme metal genre descriptors are almost pointless. Even more so with A Pregnant Light.
Black metal is a major influence, but you could easily make the argument that trad-metal, shoe gaze, post-punk, hardcore, and the most brooding moments of indie rock are just as essential to the sound. Think: Interpol playing Don’t Break the Oath. Anyway, onto the EP! After a few listens through, I can tell you that Devotion Unlaced is exactly what you want from A Pregnant Light. The EP is a very worthy addition to A Pregnant Light’s catalogue of extreme metal with tons of re-play value. Like all of Master’s music, the recording is lo-fi with thick catchy guitar riffs and gothic atmospheres. Give it a listen!