Contact Us

Hull – Beyond the Lightless Sky


A perfect example of an album that’s greater than the sum of its parts, Beyond the Lightless Sky by Hull is a musical saga loosely based on the adventures of the Mayan Hero Twins. Hull’s second effort showcases the contrast between light and dark, as if to call attention to one of the central pillars of Mayan belief: duality.

A concept album like this, with the artist’s intention so obviously laid out for the listener beforehand, is a tricky thing. Knowledge of a storyline can allow for a new level of intellectual engagement, but it can also be off-putting. Fortunately, Beyond the Lightless Sky does not feel limited by its grandiose concept; nor does it venture into gimmicky territory. The lengthy tracks are broken up by short, pensive interludes that help shape the story in a tasteful way.

The journey begins with “Earth from Water”, which feels like a collection of genre splices layered on top of one another. The problem is that the sounds are a little too telling of Hull’s influences. Within the first five minutes alone, my brain involuntarily made connections to Baroness, Dark Castle, and Enslaved. However, the issue thankfully becomes somewhat less prominent after the first track.

As the band’s own identity trickles in, so does the importance of the concept. Would Beyond the Lightless Sky be as powerful without knowledge of the story? Not nearly. Minimalist additions such as “Just a Trace of Early Dawn” and “Curling Winds” wouldn’t hold much weight. As parts of a whole, they make sense. Album closer, “In Death, Truth”, tells the last bit of the tale; its authoritative riffs fade out slowly, like the dying breath of one of the protagonists, accepting the relief of final silence. “Lonely soul / In death, truth / Holy way out / Redeem.”

The production on this record is colorless in a way that doesn’t fit with the lyrics of blood sacrifice and wrathful Mayan deities; but it does help us piece together images of ancient landscapes, devoid of all modern excesses.

Beyond the Lightless Sky feels like a glimpse of someone else’s saga, from the safety of a protected harbor. But the band is forging ahead in the right direction. When Hull writes a record that makes me feel like I’m being swept off my feet and catapulted into a canoe headed straight for Xibalba, then I’ll have no choice but to succumb to their greatness.

— Julia Neuman

. . .

HEAR BEYOND THE LIGHTLESS SKY

. . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2hzJ0M2AMc

Hull – “Beyond the Lightless Sky”

. . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9aZwWK_17s

Hull – “Earth From Water”

. . .

BUY BEYOND THE LIGHTLESS SKY

The End Records (CD)

. . .

Recent News

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://www.invisibleoranges.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Invisible Oranges - The Metal Blog quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!