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Ixion : To The Void

The sound of the French Atmospheric Doom band Ixion is breathtakingly beautiful.

Attempting to find a more breathtakingly beautiful sound from an Atmospheric Doom Metal band than Ixion would be a difficult search. The album engrosses its listener with an array of sounds that encompass beautiful synthwork, heavy-yet-melodic guitar riffage, and a combination of clean and growled vocalwork. If we add to that a top notch production, especially regarding the style of Symphonic Doom, I really find myself having very few moments throughout the album that I dislike. Who knew the French could make such hypnotic and gloomy music?

Aside from the expected keyboard work that goes along with the associated styles, the synthwork occasionally takes on an almost Darkwave-like aura. I'm also impressed by the extensive use of well composed piano playing throughout the recordings. Some of my favorite parts of the songs are led by a melancholic, almost enchanting mantra conveyed by the vocalwork. And a band with three different vocalists who compliment each other so well? That is not something I tend to hear in the music that I usually absorb into my soft human brain. While not wanting to pigeonhole the band in any way, the first comparison that came to mind when I heard the music was older Shape Of Despair... but a far more interesting and less restricted version in terms of their musicianship and lack of stagnancy from song to song. Not a terribly important note, but not a single track reaches the seven minute mark, which would definitely be seen as a plus for those of us with short attention spans.

Without a doubt in my mind, this album easily stands as one of my personal favorites amongst this year's releases thus far. I had neglected to check out the band's first offering 'Through The Space We Die' before sitting down with 'To The Void', but after this experience I'm certainly going to track it down. Hopefully, at some point, these guys can find their way over here to the U.S. so that I can catch them in a live setting. I don't usually go out of my way to say things like this, but seriously... seek out and get this album. Get it right now!

Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Beyond the Skies 05:53
2. The Plague 05:22
3. Leaving 06:39
4. New Heaven 05:29
5. Fear of the Hidden 05:30
6. Rebellion 05:44
7. Falling To Apathy 05:55
8. Funereal Dance 04:56
9. Soothing in Agony 04:41
10. Fade to Blue 06:33

Duration : Approx: 57 minutes

Visit the Ixion bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-04-01 by Jon Carr
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