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Review: Beyond Black Void - Desolate
Beyond Black Void

Label: Marche Funebre Productions
Year released: 2006
Originally released in: 2003
Duration: 69:47
Tracks: 3
Genre: Funeral Doom

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 15, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Beyond Black Void is the creation of another solitary artist simply known as S. Desolate was originally released in 2003 and was re-issued in 2006 by Marche Funebre Productions.

The cover art is pretty self explanatory and one can feel the desolation of a never ending solitude. We can rely on this very depressive emotion around here with the never ending and one of the worst, if not the worst, winter that we have ever had, making our lives more than miserable. Only three songs are included but they last nearly 70 minutes. I think that those tracks are the longest Funeral Doom opuses I ever heard, especially track #2, "Storm Over Jupiter" clocking in at 31:34. Mind you, the shortest number, the closing track "EverVoid" still lasts a respectable 14:47 minutes! So this music is slow, very slow, repetitive and hypnotizing. This gives plenty of time for one to fall in a day dream and create his (her) own misery or create a story based on the song titles. I would consider Desolate more an instrumental Funeral Doom release even if it includes "voices". These are deep growls, very ghostly, but they're more like whispers from beyond and we can't actually understand a word being said. Led mostly by distorted guitars, strong bass and percussions, the compositions move like a flow of burning lava. "EverVoid" brings a bit of a variation by adding some discrete keyboard passages into the scenery.

Funeral Doom is not an easy type of metal to get into and the long tracks might be too much for the impatient listener but the fans of the genre should check out this act.

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