Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Under: Il Vuoto
Il Vuoto's Vastness is available now!
Il Vuoto is the noise of sorrow and distress…a solo Funeral Doom / Drone project hailing from Piacenza, Italy, created by the same mastermind behind the excellent Black Metal project Chiral. In addition to some demo albums, Il Vuoto released a debut album, entitled “Weakness” in the summer of 2015, and now we present the second observation, entitled “Vastness”.
“Vastness” is an album about sorrow. Each song on the album discusses sorrow from a different perspective and point of view. Universal sorrow, intimate sorrow, mental illness, suicide, and cleansing are ever-present themes on an album that accurately represents the complicated feelings of sorrow by being at once devastating and soul-crushing as well as melancholic and sublime.
From a base of slow pulsing Atmospheric/Funeral Doom, to hints of galloping Black Metal, dreamy Post-rock, and melancholic acoustic sections, this is an album that is not easily classifiable. The vocals range from powerful gutturals, anguished screams, cleans, and spoken word, and many of the lengthy songs on the album shift seamlessly from Funeral Doom sections to a Black Metal onslaught, before taking you on a trip through an introspective section. “Vastness” is expansive and exploratory, going in the directions dictated by the tales told, exploring real life stories of suicide, illness, and psychological disorders wrapped around the universal theme of sorrow central to the human experience.
“Vastness” is an album drenched in atmosphere, reflection, and genuine emotion which should appeal to fans of bands such as Nortt, Ea, Mournful Congregation, Monumentum, and Angelic Process among others.
Releasing February 12 on a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet through Hypnotic Dirge Records
“The Stars gather now in circle
And I could hold this forever
No horizon is as empty
As mine will ever be
I forever hold this doom…”
1 - Vastness 14:40
2 - Weakness 13:45
3 - Her Fragile Limbs 7:48
4 - V (The Fifth Nail) 18:14
5 - As The Whole World Failed 4:14
Album Review Clips:
"‘Vastness’ is a sumptuous feast of dark emotions and fears , able to bring you to tears whilst wearing the broadest smile"
"There’s not a moment in all of “Vastness” that I felt wasn’t amazingly compelling or immensely immersive with how well this five-track monster became an entity all its own almost immediately. From one beautiful success after another, Il Vuoto has created something truly special the likes of which I refuse to let become forgotten in today’s climate."
"What a masterpiece. Really, this is very very very very good."
-Blessed Altar Zine
"Don’t think funeral doom is for you? This is an album that might change your mind."
-Games, Brrraaains and a Headbanging Life
"“Vastness” es, sin duda, un gran trabajo de Funeral Doom, el cual recomiendo encarecidamente a todas aquellas personas amantes de bandas como Bell Witch o Mournful Congregation. No quedaréis defraudados en absoluto."
-Broken Tomb Magazine
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