Technical prowess is something any band can strive for with mechanical and repetitive rehearsal, but conveying feelings convincingly is totally another ballgame - a feat The Man-Eating Tree, a Finnish five-piece band performing atmospheric metal music, has mastered since the seeds of the band were sown.
The first obvious feature on "In the Absence of Light" is the notable update in the vocalist position. Sensitive to the point of being fragile much like his predecessor. Antti Karhu also adds a level of brutality previously unheard in The Man-Eating Tree's music, giving the songs a whole
new dimension and edge. Not stressing the vastly improved song-writing would also be misplaced modesty.
Despite its gloomy name "In the Absence of Light" spans the entire scope of human feelings. While it can cast shadow of melancholy on you, it can also bathe you in a bliss of lights and shadows. When you find yourself drowned by the sweeping sound scapes of "Breathe Emptiness", "Plaguewielder" or "Death Parade", for a while, it's everything you need. May the roots of The Man-Eating Tree grow in your soul.