|How he does it we still don't know, but in the meanwhile we got used to the idea of a brand new masterpiece of doom from Stijn Van Cauter every two months. So hardly did we recover from his last project, The Ethereal's crushing demo, and he is already there with an even heavier and more crushing release!|
Beyond Black Void is possibly the most devastatingly depressive, oppressive, nihilistic and desolate entity in the realms of dark music. Am I exaggerating? Think of the ambient, dreamy heaviness of Hlidolf and add the guitar sound of Hierophant to it. Cook this mix in Stijn's nihilistic sauce, preferably of the Fall of the Grey-Winged One or The Ethereal brand. Serve ice cold. The result is a hideous, disgusting pulp of painful depression, which shall be very much appreciated by fans of utter emptiness and desolate musical landscapes.
The feeling of complete hopelessness and lack of joy is further enhanced by long, repetitive interludes with reverbed solo lead guitar. When the all-encompassing rhythm guitar is present, it evokes emotions similar to those when one is listening to the early Earth material or Sunn O))): it gives the listener the unpleasant impression of being crushed by powerful gravity forces. Perhaps the title of the second track, 'Storm over Jupiter', is the best indication of what to expect from Beyond Black Void: when listening to this album, I keep seeing a barren, desolate landscape in my mind's eye; a deserted planet, plagued by icecold winds and devastating storms. My soul is captured in the gravity forces of the mighty planet and I'm doomed to dwell on this hopeless spot forever.
Do you dare to experience this void? Are you prepared to be crushed by the unrelenting power of this project? You can start by downloading all tracks of this demo from
2. Storm over Jupiter
Duration : Approx. 69 minutes
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