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Dolorian - Voidwards (8/10) - Finland - 2006

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Avantgarde Music
Playing time: 65:56
Band homepage: Dolorian

Tracklist:

  1. Dual - Void - Trident
  2. In The Locus Of Bone
  3. Co-Il-lusion
  4. Ivory Artery
  5. The Flow Of Seething Visions
  6. The One Whose Name Has No End
  7. The Absolute Halo Is Awakening
  8. Epoch Of Cyclosure
  9. The Fire Which Burns Not
  10. Raja Naga - Rising
Dolorian - Voidwards

It's summertime and I'm on break from school. I went to visit my dad for Father's Day, but seeing as my parents live roughly a million miles from anywhere interesting, I had very little to do. So I sit down to re-read Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", but never liking things to get too quiet, I decide to pop in some tunes to accompany my reading. What to choose? Well, I've got some promos to sift through - how about this one, DOLORIAN's "Voidwards". I popped it in, kicked back on the chair and started turning the pages.

 

...and people say that "Dark Side Of The Moon" synches up with "The Wizard Of Oz". Let me tell you something, as I sat there reading that story and listening to this album, they did more than synch up. "Voidwards" could very well have been the soundtrack. The dark, creeping ambience and the demonically whispered vocals fits the mood perfectly, plunging me in to - to use a clichd turn of phrase - a deep, black darkness. Listening to this album, which happens to be DOLORIAN's third full-length release, is like drifting eternally deeper into the void, all the while gazing upon the most horrible visions you could imagine. The album builds most of this ambience without having to resort to bone-crushing riffs and in fact, only gets truly heavy a few small number of times. Instead, "Voidwards" relies on suspense, creating a feeling of dread and impending doom. Doom, indeed!

 

Fans of atmospheric or Funeral Doom are probably licking their lips by now. To them, I wholly recommend feasting upon this delicious morsel of Metallic despair. Those who prefer their Doom to contain a healthy dose of tradition or perhaps some violins and romantic imagery will find all of those things lacking here. Quite simply, "Voidwards" is simply too jam-packed with Lovecraftian horror to make room for those elements. (Online August 3, 2006)

Wesley D. Cray



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