The blending of Doom, Sludge, Black Metal and HC Crust Punk seems to have become popular amongst bands. I have no objections against this kind of mixing genres..., if it’s done well.
Void Forger do it damn well. The three piece band from Bucharest/Romania formed in 2011 and Ruined Demo (2012) is their first release. The demo consists of three songs with a total playing time of somewhat more than 17 minutes.
I don’t know what exactly made me fall in love with all three songs of it. Is it the way the different genre-elements are so clearly distinguishable, almost like cleanly kept apart from each other and yet the sound is so sweetly organic? Is it the variability it offers in the changes of genres, the fast shredding Black Metal, the slower skull crushing heavy sludge and the outbursts of HC speedy beats? Is it the doomy grooves, the chaotic drumming and tapped ending riff in “Pointless Media”, or the breathtaking addictive killer bass riff in “Relief”, or the slow, sludgy, almost Funeral Doom like, but rolling, pounding drum rhythm and chaotic distortion in “Automation”? Most probably it’s all of this. What I can say for sure is that I’m completely stoked by the intoxicating heaviness and filthy, evil, bleak atmosphere in all three songs. The gritty, raw production suits the evil atmosphere well, but could have been a bit less so, for my taste.
I hear a lot of potential in this demo and I’m very much excited about Void Forger’s future releases.
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