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Review: Void Moon - On the Blackest of Nights
Void Moon
On the Blackest of Nights

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2012
Duration: 39:42
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: January 6, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
On the Blackest of Nights

Rated 2.71/5 (54.29%) (7 Votes)

Good Doom Metal can be a challenge. Letting a heavy, melancholic atmosphere wash over listeners, while retaining enough catchiness to keep them engaged, is tough. Sweden's Void Moon has the guitar sound nailed down on their debut album, On the Blackest of Nights, but the rest of the album lags. Singer/guitarist Jonas Gustavsson possesses a rather unique voice and he delivers some very atypical vocal lines. The way he clashes with the melodies makes songs like "Hammer of Eden" and "Cyclops," that are otherwise entertaining, hard to sit through. His singing reminds me of the first time I heard Cirith Ungol's Tim Baker or Thrust's John Bonata, and how my ears hurt afterward (though I have since come to enjoy Baker's singing.) It is an acquired taste, to say the least. The guitars, as I said, sound good with a thick, fuzzy buzz, though they are not nearly as heavy as they could be. The songwriting is dull and none of the songs generate much emotion, leaving the album a colorless affair. On the Blackest of Nights is passable, nothing more.

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