An endless search in the deep dark ocean
Forming the Void from Louisiana, USA has been making a name for themselves since there inception and garnered more recognition with each new album.
They haven’t flown under my radar though since I had never heard of them until just a few weeks ago.
Drawing me in with their great name I checked out the video for On We Sail and I was hooked and had to check out their new album Rift.
How is the sound ?
There’s so much to hear in the vast sea of Doom metal which for me means a band gotta mix it up and come up with a sound that stands out and feels fresh to my ears.
And Forming the Void do just that! Imagine the heaviness of Monolord but it’s taken down a notch.
The rhythm guitar gets more space for heavy rock and progressive tendencies to evoke a melodic and beautiful atmosphere.
And the great singing of James Marshall fits like a hand in a glove, with a clean tone that blends perfectly with their sound he adds a lot to the atmosphere.
An atmosphere I’m feeling has similarity with the Funeral doom band Ahab.
Not that their sounds are particularly similar but both give me a feeling of vast oceans.
The only difference is with Ahab it’s a deep dark ocean full of creatures and with Forming the Void it feels more like something destroyed all life in the ocean and you’re searching for signs of what once was there.
All in all, Forming the Void crafted a terrific album with stellar musicianship by each member.
For sure now I gotta get acquainted with their past albums!
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Great songs that are mixed greatly with doom, heavy rock and melodies adding atmosphere to drift along with.
- James vocals alone is worth giving it a spin!
In what situation you should listen to this album?
- Put on a great pair of headphones and turn it up high, lay down and drift away into the Rift!
- Overall feels like an album to put on when taking it easy, not really something I would put on when partying or out driving fast.
On We Sail, Ark Debris
For Fans Of
Monolord, Domkraft, Yob, Khemmis
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