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Count Raven : Destruction of the Void

No matter what anybody says to me, or how much evidence they show me, I am still convinced Ozzy secretly did the vocals for Count Raven. But more seriously, Count Raven is one of the best traditional Doom bands of all time and 'Destruction of the void' only confirms this. Their second release is an epic slab of Doom if ever I heard one.

Highly enjoyable Doom with easy to follow rhythms and melodies topped off by Oz.. eer I mean Dan Fondelius', wonderful vocals. There really is not a lot more to ask for as a traditional doom fan. The absolutely stunning riffing is complimented with, although sometimes a bit outdated, easy to understand lyrics about daily pain and suffering. As such the lyrics follow the idea of the rest of the music; easy, down to earth and simple (and I mean that as a compliment). This is simply ear candy Doom, a nice relieve from overly complex Doom that challenges your eardrums with every single beat.

Sometimes the lyrics can get a little silly, like on 'Let the Dead bury the dead'. The first few times I heard Dan Fondelius sing "You are an asshole. You're the worst kind of worm that have crawled out of the ground" with his Ozzy-like voice, it put a giant smile on my face. Perhaps not something you'd expect from doom, but I could not help myself. However if you're not familiar with Count Raven, don't worry. This truly is a doomy album. Perhaps however it can best be classed as "Traditional doom light".

With the track 'Northern Lights' Count Raven take a short break from their "Doom Light" and treat us to a wonderfully atmospheric instrumental that would have done well as a movie score. Just ambient sounds and wonderful keyboard arrangements. Very well executed and not something you hear a more rock 'n roll inclined traditional doom act do every day.

Personally I think whatever type of music fan you are, Count Raven belongs in your music collection. But I am realistic enough to realise they will mainly appeal to fans of traditional doom and doom rock. Still I would like to encourage everybody who has not experienced Count Raven to at least give them a listen (yes, I am a fan!).

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Until Death do us Part
2. Hippies Triumph
3. Destruction of the void
4. Let the Dead bury the dead
5. Northern Lights
6. Leaving the Warzone
7. Angel of Death
8. The Final Journey
9. No Ones Hero
10. Europa

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
No God Only Pain
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