We have a double-header for today's metal Monday.
First up is the latest from A Pregnant Light, a one man metal/<something>core/indie band out of Grand Rapids, MI. It's probably inevitable that a guy who describes his own music as 'Purple Metal' releases a single called "Purple Pain." It's a testament to how good this is that I'm not disappointed that it's not a tremelo-picked and screamed tribute to Prince.
The songs here are nothing really new for 'Deathless Marantha', but when you have one of the most unique sounds in loud music today, that's not so bad. It's more hook-heavy, emotionally raw and generally rocking material that mashes up metal rifts, hardcore-esque vocals and some lovely post-punk guitars.
Since today's theme is apparently emotionally gripping material from one-man bands the next song is from Dawnbringer. Even their last album was pretty deeply felt; it is probably the most emotionally gripping concept album about murdering a Urizenesque solar deity. But these songs from their latest are stripped down and powerful, like some alternate universe Jason Molina that still played heavy metal. It's great stuff.