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Reflections Upon Darkness

by Rannoch

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Darknight Rannoch are somehow deranged and then some, technical progressive metal that moves through levels of unbelievable ability, these guys are so talented, maybe they are gods. Sit back and prepare to be blown away, the pure audacity of this remarkable band. Favorite track: Void.
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bcb723 So where do you even begin to describe a release like "Reflections Upon Darkness"? The introduction "Advenæ" is so over the top emotionally that you think "The rest of the album can't live up to that shit." Then the next few songs play, and you are sitting there going "Holy shit - this is amazing!" This was before the 40 minute Lord Byron inspired suite plays. Afterwards you have nothing left to give. Rannoch has destroyed your world. Progressive, technical as hell and ambitious. Nicely done. Favorite track: The Hanged Man.
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TheEliteExtremophile Rannoch’s brand of death metal draws heavily from early ‘90s tech/prog death like Atheist and Cynic while also including many contemporary tropes.

Full review here: theeliteextremophile.com/2020/11/30/odds-ends-november-30-2020/
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Advenæ 01:59
Despair 08:42
Fail 03:11
Prelude 01:19
The Dream 05:25
Hope 05:21
The Devoured 08:25
Dying Embers 06:15
Void 09:12
Postlude 02:55


After five years of gestation, Rannoch reveal their latest offering, ‘Reflections Upon Darkness’. With a more evident polar shift between intensity and chilled movements, Rannoch push the extremity between these two planes further than ever before. Accompanying a more bombastic approach, with the inclusion of grander soundscapes of orchestral and electronic elements, is a more introspective lyrical path. The album explores themes of the obsessive, the lost, and sacrifice, ending with the 39-minute suite, "Darkness", comprised of the complete epic poem by Lord Byron.

Copyright RANNOCH 2020



released May 25, 2020

Ian Gillings - Guitars, Vocals, Synth
Richard Page - Guitars
Paul Lloyd - Bass and additional vocals
Alex Micklewright - Drums

“Reflections Upon Darkness” was recorded throughout 2018-2019 at the Rannoch studios.
Produced by Ian Gillings
Drums recorded by Alex Micklewright

Mixed and mastered by James Stephenson, Stymphalian Productions, York, UK

Artwork by Kishor Haulenbeek

All music and lyrics written by Ian Gillings and Rannoch
Track 11 - additional Music by Richard Page
“Darkness” by Lord Byron 1816


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Originating from the West Midlands, Rannoch offer a refreshing take on the progressive death metal subgenre with focused extremity, fastidious technical precision, and rich songwriting skills. Swathes of ethereal clean vocals, dark ambience and dynamic shifts accompany sledgehammer brutality & savagely intense screams. ... more

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