Monday, 25 February 2013
Void of Sleep - Tales Between Reality And Madness (album review)
There are so many styles and sides on display here it courts ridiculousness to attempt to touch on all of them, I doubt there's even room for such a mad dash in this post, but it is worthy to say that despite the deluge of ideas, a single, cohesive vision emerges. They are creatively restless but focused. This is no crazy quilt but an incredibly complex and truly stunning tapestry of melody, aggression, mathematics and precision. Rarely do these elements actually come together but there are glimpses of angry and precise melodic mathematics.
It would all be a little too pat for there to be any one song that unveils all of what Void of Sleep has to offer, the reality is there's too much for any one song. The various sounds and styles the band has are diffused across the measure of the disc, but two songs that give the best idea of what the band are about are "The Great Escape of the Giant Stone Man" and "Blood on My Hands". The former is an odd fantasy tale with an incredibly catchy chorus, guaranteed to stick to the roof of your mind like peanut butter. The song breaks down and enters a black hole of atmospherics only to re-emerge floating in a Kirby-esque extradimensional patchwork about halfway through. Somehow the band McGiver's a space ship back to the main theme by duct taping together stray bits of melody and land with only a few self-inflicted bruises. The band struts away from the wreckage as onlookers are left stunned. "Blood on My Hands" is the album opener. It starts off safely enough with a cool stoner riff but soon the aggro chorus and herky-jerky nature of the music gives the impression that this is going to be a Pantera-like technical groove metal album seen through weed tinted goggles. It's an impression that's not off the mark ... some of the time. But by the end of the second track "Wisdom of Doom" that initial impression is left drained, dismembered and curing on the laboratory floor.
Void of Sleep's recombinant and hybridized 'visionary sludge' is a revelation, catchy while challenging, accessible yet obscure. The cover says it all really, it's simultaneously esoteric and specific, speaking to both the magi and the uninitiated.
Highlights include: "The Great Escape Of The Giant Stone Man" and "Ghost of Me"
1). Blood On My Hands (5:25)
2). Wisdom Of Doom (7:08)
3). The Great Escape Of The Giant Stone Man (6:44)
4). Lost In The Void (8:32)
5). Ghost Of Me (6:21)
6). Mirror Soul Sickness (5:52)
7). Sons Of Nothing (5:37)
Total Run Time: 45:34
Gale - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Allo - Drums
Paso - Bass
Burdo - Vocals & Guitar
From: Ravenna, Italy
Genre: Sludge, Experimental, Prog, Psychedelic
Reminds me of: Lord Summerisle, Opeth, Rush, Under the Sun, Voltron, -(16)-
Release Date: January 21, 2013
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Burning orange clouds rain ones and zeros down from blackened skies spreading a terrible and fatal disease of ill-logic.
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