Tethra‘s third album represents at best what we mean by evolution at sound level: the band from Novara, started from the dry and essential but not without charm doom of the debut full length Drown Into The Sea Of Life, already with the following Like Crows For The Earth began to show a greater melodic imprint that finds its ideal realization in this last Empire Of The Void. This process took place gradually and, above all, without distorting the basic characteristics of Tethra: if the obvious trait of union between the various works is the vocalist Clode, being the only one left of the line up that recorded the debut work, it’s natural that the consistent change of musicians in this decade of activity has helped to change in part the sound coordinates. Empire Of The Void is an album that convinces and captures since the first notes of a pleasant intro that introduces Cold Blue Nebula, a song that well encapsulates the essential characteristics of the band: a robust sound contains well-defined melodic lines and everything is often supported by a new element in the sound of ours as it is the keyboard, an instrument capable of tying at best the various shades of sound while remaining substantially always in the background. The setlist offered is varied, starting from more gritty sections in its first half, thanks to rough songs sung mainly in growl, softened by the excellent work of the lead guitar. Following, the three parts of Gravity stand out as another focal point of the entire work with the rocky intensity of the first (Ascension), the magnificent melodic impact of the second (Aeons Drift) and the progressive traits of the almost instrumental third (Ultimo Balurdo). The title track, ethereal and evocative fragment, marks in some way the watershed of the album that starts with the cover of an iconic song like Space Oddity; well, if in dealing with songs so heavy from the historical and musical point of view is always very high the risk of being crushed, instead Tethra interprets magnificently the masterpiece signed by David Bowie, giving it a doom connotation without distorting the structure or mitigate the impact of one of the most compelling chorus of music history. Introduced by a guitar line of painful beauty, A Light Year Breath then becomes a potential and irresistible single dragged by the duet of Clode with the always beautiful voice of Gogo Melone (Aeonian Sorrow). There are still two remarkable tracks such as Dying Signal (a grim song but with a central break of great emotional impact) and Ison (pressing from the first to the last note) to close the album after almost an hour of music without smears or downtime. As it happened for other Italian doom bands, such as (Echo) and Plateau Sigma, also for Tethra the third full length represents the achievement of the compositional apex as well as the consecration of their name among the leading ones of a scene capable of offering works of great thickness with a continuity unknown in the past.

2020 – Black Lion Records