After a rather intense two years in 2014/2015 discographically speaking, Raum Kingdom took a good three years off before returning with their first long-distance work. The Irish band is one of the emerging names in the European post metal sludge scene, and Everything & Nothing lives up to those expectations, offering an hour of exemplary music for its genre. The goodness of the work of this quartet lies in a sound that alternates and wisely mixes the monolithic nature of sludge with the more reasoned and rarefied pulsions of post metal: the result is a batch of songs that, while maintaining a blunt violence, prove to be relatively varied and able to satisfy fans of these sounds. The virulent and suffocating pace of Dig, for example, is suddenly surpassed by the longest track of the lot, Winter, which, thanks to the presence of guest Mia Govoni on vocals, takes a more reasoned path and is able to touch the chords of emotion. The bitter scream of Dave Lee resumes the control of operations also in the magnificent Rebuilding The Bridge, exemplary in its succession of phases of apparent calm and muddy outbursts, while the virulence of the short Hidden Pain leads to the closure entrusted to Struggle, fabulous track in which Raum Kingdom grind all their sources of inspiration to spit out eleven minutes close to the state of the art of the genre. Despite the fact that in this area is not easy to break free from the imprint provided by the guide bands (in this case this happens in the most angry moments, when the shadow of AmenRa and co. becomes more impending), Raum Kingdom manage to give to the presses an album with a personal stylistic figure, thanks to melodic intuitions scattered throughout the work that have the power to break the wall of sound, however, welcome; Everything & Nothing is thus the ideal finalization of the work done by the Irish band in its first five years of activity.
2018 – Independent