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A Brief Crack of Light

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Released  6 February 2012
A Brief Crack of Light (2012)  The Gemil Box (2013)
Release date  6 February 2012
Length  41:18
Artist  Therapy?
Label  Blast Records
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Recorded  December 2010 - February 2011 (tracks 1-4, 6-9), and June 2011 (tracks 5, 10), at Blast Studio, Newcastle, England
Producer  Adam Sinclair & Therapy?
Genres  Rock music, Alternative metal
Similar  Therapy? albums, Alternative metal albums

Therapy living in the shadow of the terrible thing vinyl

A Brief Crack of Light is the thirteenth studio album by the band Therapy?, and the third album to be released on Blast Records, part of The Global Music Group family. It was originally scheduled to be released in October 2011, but was finally released on 6 February 2012 in UK and on February 14, 2012 in US.


The album was recorded in two separate sessions; from December 2010 to February 2011, and in June 2011 at Blast Studios, Newcastle, England. The first session was mixed in March 2011, while the second session was mixed in July 2011.

Produced by Adam Sinclair & Therapy?, the album's title comes from Vladimir Nabokov, who describes life as "A brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness".

The album was preceded by a single entitled Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing on 23 January 2012, a video of which was filmed in November 2011 and premiered on the bands' official page on 9 January 2012. A video for Before You, With You, After You was premiered on the bands' official page on 19 November 2012. It consisted of footage filmed at Belfast's Empire Music Hall on 4 October 2012 by "Giftedlive.com".

Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing was debuted at a gig in Cork, Ireland in October 2010 and later played at various European festivals in Summer 2011. Before You, With You, After You was debuted at a festival in Torhout, Belgium in September 2011.

Track listing

All songs written by Therapy? except "The Buzzing" & "Ecclesiastes", written by Andrew James Cairns.


  • Andy Cairns – vocals, guitar, producer
  • Neil Cooper – drums, producer
  • Michael McKeegan – bass, vocals, producer
  • Adam Sinclair - producer, engineer, mixer
  • Nigel Rolfe - artwork concept/photography
  • Tom Hoad - band photography
  • Michael Surtees - design/layout
  • Single

  • "Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing" - 23 January 2012, download only.
  • Promo videos

  • "Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing": Directed by 'Sitcom Soldiers'.
  • "Before You, With You, After You": Directed by 'Giftedlive'
  • Reception

    "A Brief Crack of Light" has received almost universal high acclaim in Europe. Kerrang! magazine in the UK awarded the album 4/5 stars while listing it among the "50 Albums You Have To Hear In 2012". Also in the UK, Rock Sound magazine gave it a score of 8/10, as did Metal Hammer magazine. Clash magazine awarded 8/10 and Northern Ireland's AU Magazine judged the album favourably with a score of 8/10. In Denmark, Metal Revolution afforded the album a score of 90/100.


    1Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing3:56
    2Plague Bell4:12


    A Brief Crack of Light Wikipedia

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