Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole

8.2 | 108 votes |
Release date: 27 May 2014
Style: Blackened death metal


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01. Go And Hope
02. Nothing But The Whole
03. Behind The Curtain
04. All Is Known
05. Tale Of A Burning Man
06. The Past Is Death
07. Lowland

Olve J.LW - guitars, vocals
Philippe Angelo Pieters - guitars
Jonas Sanders - drums
Phorgath - bass, vocals

Additional info
Recorded in 2013 at Blackout Studio, Belgium.

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There's been a lot of blackened death craziness being served up lately in our beloved metal genre. Within the past two years especially, it seems like the style has been seeing a return to form of sorts, with the likes of Bölzer, Teitanblood, Diocletian and others dishing out albums that are pleasantly old school, yet with a delicious modern twist. Of all these bands, however, it is probably Belgium's Emptiness who stand as the most immersing and emotive of them all. Their 2014 album encapsulates this idea perhaps better than ever before, and is nothing short of excellent.

published 18.06.2014 | Comments (43)

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31.12.2016 - 16:48
The Psilosopher
^Now that is something that sounds pretentious.

Also, It doesn't necessarily have to be upbeat, happy or silly sounding to be fun. I've already said I don't care what the album is "designed to be". Exactly those musical elements you've pointed out make the listening experience so fresh and unique from the usual black/death records that it makes it ridiculously enjoyable, hence "fun". Maybe I might be misrepresenting my own experience with the word "fun" but I don't think I would call the experience anything else personally.
31.12.2016 - 16:52
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Not saying you don't find it fun, but I am saying it's not pretentious that people naturally find this creepy, or dark, or unnerving when the sound and musical choices used pretty much gravitate towards those feelings for the average people that probably listens to this kind of metal / music.
31.12.2016 - 16:57
The Psilosopher
Oops, so we were talking about "average" people. Alright then.
31.12.2016 - 17:01
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You might like these bands then: Arizmenda I'd say is "whimsical." Lurker of Chalice I would call "jovial" and Blut aus Nord are clearly very "playful" and a "bit of a laugh"
31.12.2016 - 17:06
Rating: 9
The Nothingth
31.12.2016 - 17:14
The Psilosopher
That sounds entirely made up and as the definition of being "pretentious" or maybe it isn't and that's how you genuinely feel about those bands, I couldn't give a flying fuck about that. Whereas I've clearly said why I enjoy this record and why I consider it fun. Now gtfo.
31.12.2016 - 22:06
Rating: 10
Sure, I listen to whitehouse sometimes and like it, but sane people will not say that whitehouse is a fun band
Giving my ears a rest from music.
28.01.2017 - 13:00
1st half of Behind the Curtain is unbeatable. It's even better now with these new speakers and sub woofer.
11.02.2017 - 06:35
The Psilosopher
Album of the decade so far. Few bm albums are there as close contenders but this takes the cake for me.
12.04.2017 - 03:01
Aaaagh. I always thought there was something wrong with how the album ends. Always left craving for more
03.11.2017 - 08:30
Rating: 9
News Man
Big thanks to Dark Descent for re-releasing this shit on vinyl!
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