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    Figures of Light

    Thanks, Luke! I hope we can live up to your expectations in the days ahead. FOL forever!

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    Has a real nice 90’s vibe to it. I don’t care much for the heavy hitting metal but this kind, this brings me back. Has a bit of a Godsmack feel to it as well. I can listen to this while gaming, driving, working… That is what makes good music, GOOD MUSIC. You can listen to it anytime under and circumstance. Great one! Two thumbs up from me!

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    Sara W.

    I am not really into the heavy grunge metal, but this, this I like. My only complaint is that it wasn’t longer! The beginning of the song pulled me right in. I remember listening to their older stuff in the 80’s and I swear, it has gotten better with time. A true wine of bands. Love it.

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      Figures of Light

      Yeah, we agree — this is the direction we’re headed in for the moment — what will happen next, only time will tell — a new CD is definitely in the works, in one way or another in 2015.

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    Steve Jones

    I am not sure what made me click this and listen to it, but I am glad I did! The whole feel of this song is perfect for my mood. I will definitely be getting this album. It is a rare occurrence when you find a band that has that exact feel you are trying to find. It has been years for me since I felt it with any band.

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      Figures of Light

      A lot of this is due to Mike Pilat’s killer solo, which he nailed on the first take. Mike has a great recording studio, The Vaults, in Warrington, UK, and I really urge bands to check the facility out, because Mike is definitely a friend of heavy metal! You can find him here – https://www.facebook.com/TheVaults.Warrington – since we live in the states, Mike did his solo for us long distance, but we hope someday to work there with him in person. Thanks again, Mike!!

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    So I am new to this band. After listening to this one, and a few others on youtube, I am a fan! I really enjoy their older songs just the same. I will have to check out their website as well. I have been a fan of older music for ages now, the new stuff isn’t as good to me. Great song, great band.

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    I heard their music on youtube a few years ago, the older songs. It was something my brother recommended. I couldn’t get in to it but I saw this, listened to it, and had to post. I really enjoy the way this song sounds. If the rest of the CD sounds this way, I will be buying it. No doubt!

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    I have been a fa of their music for quite some time and I can say, while this sounds different, it is amazing. The beginning grabs you and just pulls you to listen to more. I have had it on repeat for the last 20 minutes. It is true, you have to let it sink in. The more you listen, the better it gets and the more your hear.

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      Figures of Light

      Try this on for size — our latest CD — BUY BEFORE YOU DIE — listen here FREE —

      — go for it!

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        Figures of Light


        – The FOL Archive.

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    Wow. Just wow. I haven’t heard music that had some real emotion in some time. This doesn’t have lyrics, but it doesn’t need them. Very rarely, in today’s day and age, do you find music that would be good if not better without lyrics. This is an example of true talent and hard work. It pays off, clearly.

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      Figures of Light

      Thanks much — more here — http://vimeo.com/figuresoflight — what blows most people’s minds is that we’re all over the place, from metal to EDM and all the stops inbetween. But why should we limit ourselves – why should anyone? Thanks for listening!

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        Figures of Light


        – check it out! The FOL Archive.

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    I never heard of the band. At first, I was thinking “Oh great, another old band trying to make it big at an old age” but after hearing this, I must hear more! I had no idea they were making music in the 70’s! I am an 80’s baby so I missed out on a lot of that music. I am a true 90’s music fan and this really does sound like a lot of the rock from the 90’s. Excellent!

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      Figures of Light

      Thanks much for the comment — you can check out videos for ALL our albums — all twelve of them! — right here on Vimeo for free, with no damned advertisements — http://vimeo.com/figuresoflight/albums — so put the pedal to the metal!

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        Figures of Light


        albums – SO CHECK THEM OUT. The FOL Archive.

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    Normally, when a band hits a new direction, I am not interested. When I clicked on this one, I was thinking oh great. I was pleasantly surprised. The flow of this piece is catchy but not annoying and mainstream like so many other bands do. I was scared they were going to head for a mainstream vibe. Thank GOD they didn’t!

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    Be it experimental or not, this rock ROCKS! I can feel so many different emotions with just this one song. I must listen to more!! So many bands try to reinvent themselves and end up sounding like sell outs, these guys did it right! I know nothing about what it takes to be in a band, but these guys do and you can hear it has very little to do with money. You guys rock!

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    Figures of Light

    Thanks much everyone! We’ll try to keep up the good fight for metal in all its forms!! Better buy before you die, right? And thanks to Luke for this great piece, and putting us up on the Metal Empire FB page — https://www.facebook.com/MetalEmpireMusic — totally honored!

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    Ryan Tenney

    What a great sound! Can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this band before. Going to head over to Amazon and purchase your album now.

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    Jason B

    Love that quote: “…let the music do the talking”. More bands should take a page out of your book and get back to the basics. Focus on the music and not trying to come up with catchy rhymes and stories.

    Excuse me while I put this on repeat.

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    Karl G

    Do you have any shows planned in the midwest USA by chance? This stuff is above and beyond anything I have heard before…certainly better than the majority of the junk peddled on the radio as of recent. Would really appreciate the opportunity to see you perform at some point.

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      Figures of Light

      We only play New York City — logistics and all that. Mostly we’re a studio band — but check out New Year 2015 greeting here —

      — we plan SOMETHING — recording or a live show, perhaps both, in 2015!!

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        Figures of Light

        This, sadly, was not to be – FOL broke up amicably in March, 2015. Find all our videos – more than 200 – at The FOL Archive –

        – rock on!

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    Sarah Petersen

    Here I am with my tiny laptop speakers and can’t believe the sounds I am hearing. Sending this link to my e-mail so I can play this tune on my system back home.

    Is this song available on iTunes for instant purchase?

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    John Klingenmeyer

    If the song on this page is anything like the rest of your album I am in for a real treat. What were the origins of your band name? I would appreciate hearing the story behind it.

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      Figures of Light

      The name comes from the poets Milton and Blake — NOT Carl Jung, who simply appropriated the concept! Check out more here: http://www.figuresoflight.com/history.html

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        Figures of Light

        Visit our new website – The FOL Archive – at http://www.figuresoflight.com – rock on!

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    Chris Bolley

    Normally I wouldn’t even think to listen to this type of music but I place a lot of trust in what is published on this website so gave it a try and boy am I glad to have clicked that play button. I don’t know how you slipped by for so many years under my radar but you can get I will be finding and listening to every one of your songs this weekend!

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    Shelby Haughey

    Was hopping around videos on Youtube then saw a link to this page and now I’m stuck looping through (4th play iteration currently). Love it!

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    Stephen P

    I had listened to some of your stuff in the past, and while it wasn’t bad at all it definitely doesn’t pull me in as hard as this song does. What an incredible new direction you have taken, can’t wait to hear more. Best of luck!

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    Brittany Bowen

    You can feel so many vibes and emotions coming out of this tune. It is like a lifetime of experiences rushing into my ears. Pure ecstasy.

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    Having been a long time reader of Metal Empire, I am surprised that this is the first I am hearing about your band. Would love to listen to some of your legacy music from days past.

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      Figures of Light

      You want legacy music? Check it out — the Holy Grail of Figures of Light history – our first, one-time-only crazed concert, July 23rd, 1970. Four guys who had never even picked up an instrument 30 days before the gig, an utterly insane audience, the bassist driving down the aisle on a 1250 CC Harley, fifteen TV sets smashed to bits, and a biker gang for security. How could anything possibly go wrong? — listen to the whole thing at

      — ROCK ON!!

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        Figures of Light

        UPDATE: NEW link to the live album:

        – check it out now! The FOL Archive

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    Vincent Clay

    Just what I needed after a long week of work. Going to sit back, relax in my chair, grab a snack and chill out for the rest of the night. Thank you for this.

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    Jackson W

    Reminds me of some of the late 80’s and early 90’s stuff I listened to during my teen years. This really brings me back and I am loving every second of it.

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    Brian Hanks

    What a sweet blend of metal and rock wrapped up into three epic minutes. Will head over to your website and see if I can’t find a way to listen to the entire album now.

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    Your passion can be felt with such strength in this one song, I can’t believe my ears right now. You guys have really hit it big on this experiment and I can’t wait to hear more.

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    Alexis Lee

    Love the image on the Buy Before You Die Album on Amazon! Having a hard time deciding which album to buy first because I know I will wind up with way more than one before I am done.

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    Sam Snedeker

    I own The Nebraska Sessions and The Power but had no idea you guys were coming up with a new sound (which I love by the way). Can I buy this song standalone somewhere? Want to listen to this during lunch to help unwind midday.

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      Figures of Light

      Hey thanks — we’re looking for some people to work with here on new stuff — winter is upon us, and to paraphrase PIL, “now it’s winter / I could be happy or in distress / depending on the company / start all over again” — so we hope we can find some congenial people to work with. Finding the right people is key.

      In response to the many queries above, you can buy INSTANT DRONE as an instant download from Amazon, itunes, and it’s also on Spotify – so check it out. Thanks much for all the kind words, and thanks especially to Luke Gibson for putting up such a great web journal, which we hope continues to grow and expand — this is the real deal. — FIGURES OF LIGHT

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        Figures of Light

        Hey everybody – FOL has broken up – just moving on to new directions, but all is well — and we now have a Figures of Light Archive page with more than 100 videos and counting –

        – and Luke is kindly plugging in the new urls for our existing videos featured here.

        For some of our favorite FOL tunes, check out this playlist, totally ad free –

        – and remember we’re on Spotify as well, so you can easily keep up with us.

        Altogether, in our career, we put out 15 releases – singles, albums, both CD and vinyl – and recorded more than 100 tunes. They’re all on iTunes, or Amazon, and you can even get some old-school CDs and vinyl from mom & pop stores, which are the lifeblood of the business.

        We also want to thank Stuart Pendergast and Mike Pilat for collaborating with us on some cuts, and it’s been a gas to play with such great artists as Mick Collins and The A-Bones, and without Norton Records, none of it would have happened at all.

        Again, thanks for all the support, and keep supporting METAL EMPIRE – it absolutely is the real deal! Rock on!


          Figures of Light

          Actually, there are now more than 200 free videos in the Figures of Light Archive –

          – including two tasty new mixes from Mike Pilat – nearly five hours of non-stop FOL madness! No ads, all free, check it out, see you soon!

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