The levels of darkness in extreme metal often varies with different bands – from the slightly gloomy and the melancholically bleak to the overwhelmingly miserable and terrifyingly grim. Michigan’s Sunlight’s Bane (formerly Traitor) definitely fall into the latter end of the disheartened spectrum. Their aptly-titled debut full-length, The Blackest Volume: Like All the Earth Was Buried, features 11 heavy and abrasive tracks, combining elements of black metal, grind, hardcore and crust, among others, into a diverse sound that exudes furious anguish and utter despondency.
Just before the release of TBVLATEWB, which is out this Friday (February 17), vocalist Nick Holland took some time for an interview with Svbterranean. He discusses how Sunlight’s Bane came to be, changing their name from Traitor and how they’ve progressed since then. Holland also talks about the long writing process of TBVLATEWB and some of the unconventional recording practices, as well as the band’s unique sound, what draws them to these especially dark realms, lyrical inspiration and more.