Void Of Silence – The Sky Over

The return of Void Of Silence, eight years after the last full length The Grave Of Civilization, can only represent an event for all doom fans who have been waiting for several years for a new album from the Roman band. Those who had already started to despair about it got comforting signals a few months ago with the release of Towards Atlantis Lights, a sort of supergroup that saw Ivan Zara working together with other illustrious exponents of the international death doom scene, such as Kostas Panagiotou and Riccardo Veronese. And so it is that, as hoped, the well-established partnership between the guitarist and Riccardo Conforti has offered a new funereal work that equals (and at times even surpasses) in intensity a celebrated album such as Human Anthitesis. Luca Soi (ex-Arcana Coelestia) on vocals, in fact, turns out to be the fundamental added value to make even more evocative the sound of Void Of Silence, which, perhaps as never before, finds an outlet in songs imbued with an aching and atmospheric melodic afflatus. The long and unstoppable emotional crescendo of The Void Beyond is a first testimony of lacerating emotional torment, in which the vocalist reaches incredible heights of lyricism to seal the magnificent instrumental intuitions of Zara and Conforti. Fundamentally, the album lives on three key moments corresponding to as many tracks lasting more than a quarter of an hour: the aforementioned opening track and the other two gems entitled The Sky Over and Farthest Shores. The first one represents the highest melodic moment of the work, thanks to an Ivan Zara who rings solos of painful and crystalline beauty, while the second one remains on the same coordinates of evocative solemnity, ideal soundtrack of a concept dedicated to all those characters who, perpetually poised on that thin line that divides heroism from unconsciousness, challenged the arctic ice in the early twentieth century with daring expeditions and often tragic epilogue. This is why the sound of Void Of Silence appears more distressing than dramatic, and it is not difficult, immersing oneself in listening to these notes, to visualise, for example, the tenacious wandering of the pack in search of a way to safety by the members of the expedition of S.A Andrée, a Swedish engineer who promoted a visionary attempt to fly over the North Pole in an unstable hot air balloon. The Sky Over is one of the most moving albums heard in the last decade in the doom field (even if in front of works of such thickness labels are superfluous): superbly produced and performed, the work offers almost an hour of music from the dazzling beauty, as it was the light that the explorers dispersed in the arctic expanses were always found in front of the horizon line, not coincidentally is precisely the beautiful instrumental entitled White Light Horizon to seal an unforgettable listening experience and not to be missed.

2018 – Avantgarde Music