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Review: Emptiness - Error

Label: Dark Descent Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 38:34
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 1/5

Review online: August 8, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating

Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)

Everyone knows the old adage "Never judge a book by its cover", but when it comes to music, I find that oftentimes you can. For example, one look at the cover of Emptiness' third album Error led me to believe it was going to waste my time trying to experiment without pulling anything exciting off, and unfortunately I was entirely correct. At first, I was really taken in with the deep, murky production of the album, and the vocals are a pretty stellar guttural growl that sounds like it's coming from some deformed mutant in an industrial wasteland. Once I got past that, however, I realized the music itself is an unhealthy mix of dull Groove riffing that makes everything sound the same and Post-styled picking that generates some interest, but not enough to make any of the songs stand out from one another, and certainly not enough to keep me from getting annoyed with how very artificial and insubstantial it all sounds. These guys apparently went in a more Post direction after this, and that makes sense to me, as this sounds like an album from a band that's frustrated with working within the boundaries of Metal and really just want to do something else. I hope it worked out for them, as I think they'd be better off doing that instead. As for me, I think I'll be better off not listening to this again, and you're probably better off not giving it the time of day.

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