Void Rot – Descending Pillars

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: https://everlastingspew.com
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://sentientruin.bandcamp.com/album/descending-pillars
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/voidrot

Band Line-up:

JH – Guitars, Vocals, Synths
KS – Guitars
CC – Bass
WB – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Descending Pillars
2. Upheaval
3. Liminal Forms
4. Delusions of Flesh
5. Inversion
6. The Weight of a Thousand Suns
7. Monolith (Descending Pillars Pt. II)

 

 

Review:

Void Rot are an American doom/death metal band on Everlasting Spew Records, who formed in 2017. They have been influenced by more slow-paced and majestic death metal bands such as Winter, Rippikoulu and newer acts such as Krypts. They also have psychedelic traits in their sound. They will release their highly anticipated debut album ‘Descending Pillars’ on 11th September, 2020. It follows an EP and a split release with Atavisma. 

Whilst these guys use a LOT of repetition, it’s not too much of a problem at first, as over the course of a few minutes, they actually make use of a number of well-developed ideas. Rather than abusing them, they milk them musically in a not-so-strange minimalist approach. However, after just two songs, it is realised that the same kinds of chords are abused. Not exactly the same, but similar enough. As time goes by, the harmony only gets more tiresome. Other than the short instrumental ‘The Weight of a Thousand Suns’ the album is like one long song and not in a good, progressive way. 

Alternating between slow and very fast tempos does little to distract from the lack of material. In fact the changes are used so often, they can sound a little silly at times. This album is dying for some more melodies to go over the backing. Not all death/doom metal bands need them, but this one does for obvious reasons. Final track ‘Monolith (Descending Pillars Pt.II) does end on a climax with a perfectly reasonable higher pitched guitar line, but the whole LP set up to it goes on for far too long. That’s unfortunate because the musicians do have it in them to write musically. It seems they have been uninspired, here.

In conclusion, this album could have been a lot better if more thought went into it. That may sound like an obvious statement, but as the musicians write intelligently, I’m sure all they would have needed was some extra time to brainstorm ideas. Sadly this album is not recommended to any doom or death metal fan, but recommending a single track wouldn’t be a terrible idea. Again, opening track ’Descending Pillars’ is actually a great example of effective minimalism. However, if you have a long attention span and REALLY love doom, this may be for you. 

Review by Simon Wiedemann

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