Since the turn of the century, American Black Metal has evolved into a many-headed beast, and as such it’s no longer sufficient to toss them all into one common genre. However, NETHERVOID are not the most unconventional of the lot, and any fancy and pretentious classification is therefore completely unnecessary in their case.
It’s obvious that these guys have taken lessons from listening to the second wave of Scandinavian bands, and they seem to wear their influences on the sleeve. They do a very acceptable take on Black Metal, with evil and somewhat epic riffs and croaky vocals, but as you might have guessed there is very little originality being thrown around. NETHERVOID are capable songwriters and musicians, but listening to “Sirens Of The Blistering Light” makes me wonder if they followed some textbook-example of how to create a Black Metal album, without ever stopping to think about if they really want to sound just like everyone else. The final track, “1000 Hands Of The Assiduous Specter”, is the only one to really grab my attention, by mending elements of the second and third wave of Black Metal together with evil results, a formula I can see working in the band’s favor in the future.
If you’re really into mid-tempo to fast Black Metal, it wouldn’t be a huge mistake to check out “Sirens Of The Blistering Light”, but it wouldn’t be a masterstroke either. My main problem with recommending the album is that there are countless Black Metal bands that deserve your attention, and there simply aren’t enough high points on this album to convince me that NETHERVOID is one of them.
(Online November 1, 2008)