Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Album Review: The Great Void - Dystopian EP

The Great Void
Dystopian EP
**and1/2 out of *****

(Jazzfest's second weekend starts tomorrow, and while RtBE feels it is the best festival in the country, New Orleans is more than tuba's and second lines. As the fest arrives we wanted to take some time to review smaller various bandcamp finds from the city, as the town just pulsates music culture and art.)

The New Orleans death metal outfit The Great Void's first release, Dystopian is a churning ball of fury that mauls all in it's path.

The opening "Ice Man" uses double bass drums and layers of razor blade slashing guitars to mash its way forward. Lyrics are (like all bands in this genre) almost incomprehensible however vocally the group switches from full on throat growl to higher pitched screeches which improves the tonal texture of the tracks.

"Tools With No Discernible Purpose" is a showcase for the drumming as it propels into the unknown, alternating between blast beats and nuanced marches while the title track digs up the sludge and spreads it around . "Reversible Cowgirl" plays with tempo changes from chugging to furious pounding as closer "Rohypnol Romance" wraps things up by wallowing in its own ugliness.

The cleverly titled "Art Is In the Wallet of The Pretentious" is our favorite track as it kicks up the thrash metal vibe and grooves, even allowing for guitar squeals in the mix. It covers a lot of terrain in the song (same can be said for the EP as a whole) over just three and a half minutes; The Great Void thankfully don't go the common metal rout of pushing past six minutes on every track.

Not much can be found through light google searching on the band but the production and musicality are up to snuff for fans of the genre. Again, Dystopian will not be for everyone, but metal fans itches will be scratched to the point of bleeding while jumping into The Great Void.
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