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Iron Void : Spell of Ruin (re-release)

Metal has plenty of band names that don’t make a lot of sense, but the name of UK doomsters Iron Void is “Top 10” material.

Metal has plenty of band names that don’t make a lot of sense, but the name of UK doomsters Iron Void is “Top 10” material. Honestly, they should have drawn two more words out of the hat before settling on that moniker. The band was allegedly formed in 1998 before taking a long hiatus. They came back in 2008 with a new lineup, including original members Diz and Sealey along with Steve Wilson (not that Steven Wilson). That should have been another opportunity to pick a name that makes slightly more sense. Oh well.

That’s neither here nor there. What’s important is the band released this 4-track EP in 2010, as a four-piece, and now Spell of Ruin is being reissued. The reissue includes two bonus tracks which were apparently recorded as a three-piece, that being touted as the band’s natural state. The record is old-fashioned, pure doom metal in the vein of Pentagram, especially on the fast-paced “Demon Drink.”

It’s wise that they haven’t yet released a full-length record, because they clearly haven’t found themselves. They often switch between two different vocal styles, gruff singing and clean singing, but they are never woven together in the same song. It sounds like a split between two different bands, but neither of those bands is terribly consistent.

The title track is the clear standout of the gruff vocal side. It has some fast, high leads that sound vaguely Egyptian. New track “Suicide Sorcerer” is the best of the clean vocal side, with an extremely catchy chorus. Either one of these could have served as the blueprint, but the rest of the release just wanders aimlessly, often sounding extremely familiar. The crunchy opening riff to “Final Resting Place” recalls Alice in Chains, while much of the ballad “Conflict Inside” sounds suspiciously like Metallica’s “The Day That Never Comes.” Several of these songs are memorable, but it’s irritating how much they sound like they’ve been cobbled together from other bands’ material.

Spell of Ruin is not a terrible EP, but you didn’t miss much when the first run sold out, either. Guys, come back when you’ve figured out whether you’re going to be Iron Something or Some Kind of Void.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Spell of Ruin
2. Final Resting Place
3. Conflict Inside
4. Demon Drink
5. Suicide Sorcerer
6. Drowning in Eternity

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-11-14 by Kelly Hoffart
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