Roundtable Review: Emptiness – Nothing But The Whole

Nothing but the coverLabel: Dark Descent Records

Release Date:  May 27th, 2014

Songs:  7

Length: 39 minutes

Genre:  Atmospheric black/Death metal

Studio Albums: Guilty To Exist 2004, Oblivion 2007, Error 2012

Location:  Brussels, Belgium


WarpRider –I am not one to gravitate to a band with a strong atmospheric presence unless it’s softened up a bit and less laden with blackened themes. Initially, I thought Emptiness was going to be “that” kind of band that was just too dark and, well, empty for me. The infusion of chunky riffs and those hellish vocals sold me on their particular style. And the name suits them very well. “Nothing But The Whole” will leave you feeling cold and empty, which is kind of a good thing. 3.5

RiffRaff – Is it possible for something to sound completely empty yet very full at the same time? Don’t know, but Emptiness sure does make it sound that way on Nothing But the Whole. Misanthropic, dark, ‘kvlt but not ridiculous parody of itself’-kvlt, and super brimming with a coal atmosphere, really caught my attention. I really liked the thick riffs paired with sinister, ‘empty’ atmospheres as well as some interesting song structures. At times the record tends to meander a bit, but for the most part it’s a pretty engaging listen. 3.5

Emptiness_2014_CIrmelinis – It didn’t take long until I started feel strangely addicted to Emptiness’ hypnotic darkness and warm, infectious compositions. Created by two thirds of the symphonic black metal band Enthroned + a drummer, this is one of the most trippy dark/black metal albums I’ve ever heard. Maybe it’s progressive blackened doom or perhaps blackened gothic metal; it’s difficult to put a genre tag on it, all you need to know is that this is interesting and challenging music, a little morbid and quite effective. Thankfully the sound is clear as crystal, there is no murkiness or thick riffs to wade through to get to the good parts. Reflective, eerie and beautiful. 3.75

ChristopherMammal – In the realm of blackened death, Emptiness is competing against the likes of Goatwhore, Belphegor, Marduk and Melechech. That’s some stiff competition. Emptiness stands up to it pretty well. At first the vocals seemed too deeply buried behind the music, but they build in strength and prominence as the album plays through. I like an atmospheric flavour in many genres of metal. With some of the pumping riffs that Emptiness injects – for example, in “Behind the Curtain” – the album becomes steadily more compelling, especially when the solo bass on that same track becomes the crumbling collapse of worldly things to the accompaniment of a diabolical orchestra and chorus. There are many excellent hooks on “Nothing But The Whole”, certainly enough to draw me back for more. 3.7

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.6 out of 5

Our ratings are done on a scale of 1-5 with a 1 being an abysmal album, a 2.5 being a halfway point (an O.K. album), and a 5 being outstanding.

About Irmelinis

A friend told me that I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.

Posted on August 19, 2014, in Album Reviews, News, Roundtable Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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