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Band: Void Of Silence
Album: The Grave Of Civilization
Style: Doom metal
Release date: June 2010

01. Prelude To The Death Of Hope
02. The Grave Of Civilisation
03. Apt Epitaph
04. Temple Of Stagnation (D.F.M.I. MMX)
05. None Shall Mourn
06. Empty Echo

"There can be no return from this, I envy the dead."

The italian doom metal act Void Of Silence hail once again with a new effort, The Grave Of Civilization. A few years have passed since the monumental Human Antithesis saw the light of day and their fourth full-length was more than welcome after all this time, being the sound sequel of its predecessor one could say. Alan Nemtheanga is no longer behind the microphone and this role was given to Brooke Johnson and to tell the truth, he succeeds both in terms of interpretation and feeling.

The overall music is a soundtrack to ruin, tending to evoke an industrial pro-apocalyptic scenery filled with despair, fear, woe and an omnipresent menacing essence. The white figure with the dark shade under sun's stare in front of a colossal monument on the cover artwork says it all, along with the title and the aforementioned atmosphere. Apart from the ominous aesthetic that floats here and there distorting your mind in the most appropriate way, you'll always find a glimpse of devoutness inside these dreary musical halls, euphoria before utter end? Probably, but still, you keep on listening, lurking deeper and deeper and the more you proceed the darker it gets; the clearer the sight in front of your weary yet still naked eyes.

The guitar work is as it should, weeping riffs and desolate chords begin the structure whereas the utterly bombastic or just accompanying rhythm section hold it tight, until it shatters to pieces along with your thoughts at the very end of the album. The everflowing keyboard melodies caress you in such a manner as if time could stand still for a moment in eternity and see humanity's course from beginning to end, the so called civilization of vulgar experimentation of one upon another, presenting various soundscapes, bitter, desperate, devout, ominous, even oriental and with this enriching and strengthening the overall scenery. Brooke Johnson's heart-rending interpretation resembles to Nemtheanga's on Human Antithesis, but still, you don't give a piece of spit, you lose yourself in undorned by hope and light pits of knowledge with Brooke being the prophet of elegant disharmony.

Six compositions, about an hour from your precious time, but the "repeat" button doesn't lie, there will be more hours ahead, from your precious time, until The Grave Of Civilization.

"My voice has become a distant echo in an empty world,
conversant with the ghost of dead memories.
Truth be told, I like the solitude, now that I am alone."

At least then, you can harm nobody. Except for yourself.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 8
Production: 9

Written on 18.09.2010 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."

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Comments: 36   Visited by: 226 users
23.10.2010 - 06:46
I find it hard to believe people actually like the vocals on this; they completely destroy this album for me. Terrible.
You can't fight evil with a macaroni duck!
01.12.2010 - 08:29
Rating: 10
Metal Master
Written by Derwood on 23.10.2010 at 06:46

I find it hard to believe people actually like the vocals on this; they completely destroy this album for me. Terrible.

I disagree. Vocals fit to this album very well (for me).
19.02.2011 - 10:52
Written by W-Lash on 01.12.2010 at 08:29

Written by Derwood on 23.10.2010 at 06:46

I find it hard to believe people actually like the vocals on this; they completely destroy this album for me. Terrible.

I disagree. Vocals fit to this album very well (for me).

I disagree also,the vocals are part of what makes this album so good.They are great.
26.02.2011 - 01:48
X-Ray Rod
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 19.09.2010 at 13:27

Even though I like VoS it is still quite cheesy.

Holy shit, you weren't kidding. I like what I've heard so far in their myspace, nice stuff indeed but there's still *that* tiny bit of cheese that puts me off. I can take the cheese from other bands like My Dying Bride because I like them that way, but this music is too good to sound cheesy

But still.... awesome music and maybe it won't get my vote for best Doom album but it sure as hell gets the best doom artwork... It's beautiful.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass

Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.

02.08.2011 - 20:39
Rating: 9
Incredible album! I already discover it and it amazes me with its gloomy atmosphere...
16.05.2014 - 18:41
Rating: 10
Erik M.
All I can say is: great review. You very nicely described what this album is like.

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.09.2010 at 21:18

Great album this is. imo it surpasses Human Antithesis.

At the moment I've spun both not enough to say which one I prefer, but both blew me away and that doesn't happen often. Fantastic, original music.

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 19.09.2010 at 12:57

I know it is Italian but this is one of the exceptions to the rule about Italian metal. This one is good whereas usually Italian metal/doom is bad.

Yeah, Novembre comes to mind. Not checked out a whole lot, but Classica surely is a mediocre, overrated album. Don't quite get why Novembre gets so much praise.

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