VOID ROT – Consumed By Oblivion

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: http://sentientruin.com/ & https://everlastingspew.com/
Released: Jan 2019
Buy Album: https://sentientruin.bandcamp.com/album/consumed-by-oblivion?utm_source=ALL&utm_campaign=b664ca8d0e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_05_07_31_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f06fe9e375-b664ca8d0e-512532913
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/voidrot/

Band Line-up:

Craig Clemons – Bass
Will Bell – Drums
Kent Sklarow – Guitars
John Hancock – Guitars, Vocals

Tracklisting:

1. Ancient Seed
2. Consumed By Oblivion
3. Celestial Plague

Review

The more I do this job the more sub-genres I seem to discover. I’m used to seeing death metal and doom metal but I’ve never really had the opportunity to hear what they sound like combined. Void Rot hail from Minneapolis in the US and have constructed an LP the likes of which I’ve never heard before. It starts reasonably slow, something I’ve become used to with doom metal tracks and the pace does pick up but not quite to standard death metal tropes.

The riffs are dark, the bass is heavy and the drums tie everything neatly in a little bow and whilst it’s not as quick as I would like or expect I enjoyed it none the less. I feel, however, that the vocals were slightly off. Don’t get me wrong the singer has the low growls down to a tee, but it seems to blend all too well into the track and it’s easy to lose them. By pitching the vocals up a touch or perhaps the track down, it would be much easier to hear them. Although, that being said the words tend to blend into another and the clarity could be worked on.

Void Rot are extremely new though and with a little time and refinement, I can see this genre beginning to take off. They describe themselves as music for fans of Krypts, Spectral Voice, Anhedonist, Inverloch and are influenced by “the glorious progenitors of majestic, atmospheric, and slow moving death metal like Winter, Rippikoulu, Disembowelment, early Paradise Lost, Incantation, etc.”

Review by Courtney Solloway
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