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The Howling Void : Megaliths of the Abyss

Funeral Doom is a crowded genre. Its sobriety and (seeming) simplicity offered hundreds of not-so-gifted guys a room for artistic expression they otherwise maybe would never have found. Some pushed the heavy gates of Funeral Doom without understanding what is is really made of; they only exposed their naivety and mediocrity.

On the same ground, and with the same Ďtoolsí, others have succeeded in expanding a vision; they built works of art. Those deserve our attention and The Howling Void is definitively one of the artists Iím speaking of.

The guy behind this U.S. one-man project is named Ryan and that guy Ryan shows a rare melodic dexterity and sense of depth in his music. The album is full of atmospheres partly built -as often- with some magestic symphonic synthesizers parts; but what really makes The Howling Voidís hallmark is the guitar work. The soaring sound of Ryanís guitar is truly overwhelming. The melodies he can draw out of it seem to drift amidst wide black space and drag you on a poignant odyssey.
The bandís vast explorations bring you to brooding landscapes expertly modeled through cosmic burstings, elegiac funerary odes and momentums that give you goosebumps.

I love that band, I love that kind of Funeral Doom: itís massive and yet clear, dark without never giving up on the sensitive and emotional side. The Howling Void stands apart and like some of the bigger names, it has a sound of its own you cannot confuse with another one.

The Howling Void deserves your attention, be sure to check that first album and keep an eye on its future releases. Because there will be others.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Megaliths of the Abyss
2. Mollusk
3. Ouroboros
4. A Name Writ in Water

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes

Visit the The Howling Void bandpage.

Reviewed on 27-04-2010 by Bertrand marchal
Forever Autumn
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