Gehenna "The War of the Sons of Light and the Suns of Darkness" LPPosted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 @ 5:39am » permalink
I originally posted about this release in late-2006, but I'm resurrecting and refining the post, because for those unaware, A389 Recordings has actually re-released this material on vinyl for the first time ever. "The War of the Sons of Light and the Suns of Darkness" was Gehenna's first full-length release, and compiles the band's early discography in chronological order, all recorded from 1994 – 1996: A three-song cassette, "The Pain of Life" split 7" with Apartment 213, and "The Birth of Vengeance" 7". And that raw sounding live track hidden before the first song on the CD pressing, which was allegedly recorded in a cemetery on Halloween night of 1995 and released as a one-sided 7" ("Unholy") limited to less than 100 copies? Apparently that was "Testimony/The Divine Rewards", as it's included here along with a previously unreleased version of "The Birth of Vengeance" recorded that same night (both are tacked onto the end of the tracklist as a bonus).
Besides being one of the most infamously insane and violent live acts in their day, Gehenna's musical/lyrical delivery was quite fitting of the "holy terror" banner that they were bestowed with on numerous occasions by their original label (for this release, anyway) CrimethInc. and the Inside Front crowd, among others. While tangible elements of raw, fast hardcore/punk were definitely evident in their material, the compositions were distinctly more over the top and aggressive than much of said genre, and the scathing intensity of the vocals combined with the occasionally chaotic textures of the playing and rugged sound quality were certainly more metal than not. It was a unique combination of influences, and one that was especially volatile in the mid-90's when there was more of a discernible division between hardcore and metal than there is today. Gehenna was always a one-of-a-kind outfit, self-imposed mystique and all, and even I often forget how great some of this shit really was…
Hell is now excruciation is this this very second in time the present tense spawned from this wretched dwelling bred from infectious filth until the final descent we all know so well when we're finally at peace and the cold earth surrounds no more of these useless limbs leave this worthless body behind leave this dead shell behind the pain of life is great and some will find it sweet to rot beneath the earth while we rot and live and breathe in this sick fucking world never did I forget existence is fucking pain and there is beauty in death.
The LP comes on transparent green vinyl in a slick gatefold sleeve that maintains a good portion of the artwork from the original release, plus all of the lyrics and a new poster insert of the "Seven Crowns" artwork (which is also available as a t-shirt). Gehenna always seemed to appeal to vinyl junkies back in the day, in which case this release should have plenty of 'em salivating quite a bit, so… get to it.