VOID KING – THERE IS NOTHING
Release Date – June 21st, 2016
I always seem to find myself reviewing stoner metal bands. Often it’s done reluctantly, because there doesn’t seem to be much else out there lately, and I end up writing the same things about them. Sometimes I get ones who prove to be worth more than just a few listens. Today I’ll be writing about the latter with Void King‘s There Is Nothing from early this past summer.
Sure, like their stoner metal counterparts Void King‘s music can be on the slow side, and some of the songs run long, but it’s what they do in these long timeframes that makes the difference. Half of the eight songs on There Is Nothing are over six minutes in length. I don’t really have any complaints about any of them.
Healing Crisis, the longest of the songs on There Is Nothing, has great riffs and even better vocal melodies. Void King does jam on these long songs with some extended intros and music breaks, but they make the most of each second, and Healing Crisis is no exception. It even picks up a bit at times straying from its very slow doom metal pace into a faster tempo which is a nice change.
Another long song, Canyon Hammer, provides more great riffs, but with vocal melodies that don’t match up to most of the rest of There Is Nothing. Release The Hawks is by far the best song on the album, as it has a little bit of everything. It has fast parts, slow parts, fantastic instrumentation and some badass vocals by Jason Kindred, who has a great voice for Void King‘s style. Closing track That Was Not An Owl provides one last great jam before the album closes.
I’m getting ahead here though. By now I should have mentioned how when I heard the beginning riff of There Is Nothing‘s first track Skull Junkie, I was sure this would not be my every day stoner band. I’d soon find that this would not be the only great riff on There Is Nothing, but every time I go back and listen to the crunch and imperfectly distorted sound of Tommy Miller‘s guitar, I can’t help but find this to be the best riff Void King has to offer us on the album. The song itself is a little faster than what I expected. While it’s still slow, it still has a better pulse than other stoner and doom metal bands. I would however find that this is one of the faster songs on the album.
The fastest song on There Is Nothing is the shortest one too. Brandy Knew switches from a fast tempo to a mid tempo, and Void King prove that they can really rock. As always, I wish there could be more songs like this one, but they do show spurts of enthusiasm like this elsewhere on the album. The intro to Box of Knives has some of the fastest moments even if most of the rest of it is slow.
The one song from There Is Nothing that I haven’t mentioned yet is Raise the Flags on Fire, which I don’t find to be too significant to the album. This is the one and only song that I think is on par with other stoner metal bands making music today. To be clear, I don’t think it’s a bad song, but where Void King shows on all other songs that they could be leaders in the modern wave of stoner and doom metal/hard rock bands, this track isn’t the one I’d use to convince people of that.
There Is Nothing is easily one of the better independently recorded and released albums of its kind that I have ever reviewed. I still think Void King can take things many steps further though, such as maybe including a second song that isn’t going under the speed limit. I said that Void King could be leaders in their genre and I mean it, and I look forward to seeing what’s next.
Thanks for reading!
“Release The Hawks”
7.5 (Out of 10)
|1.||Skull Junkie 05:13|
|2.||Raise The Flags On Fire 05:20|
|3.||Brandy Knew 03:36|
|4.||Canyon Hammer 06:34|
|5.||Healing Crisis 07:04|
|6.||Box Of Knives 04:50|
|7.||Release The Hawks 06:56|
That Was Not An Owl (DFI) 07:03