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VoidWork
Category: Dark Ambient
Album: Horror/Forsaken
Stars: 4
Blurb: VoidWork’s second release is a haunting collection of dark atmospheric music.

 

VoidWork is a relatively new project formed in 2008 by the somewhat cryptic Xavier. In 2010, the band released its second disc, the dejectedly titled Horror/Forsaken. As it turns out, the second release is actually two albums on one disc, packaged with traditional gothic style artwork in a digipak case. Horror comprises the first 13 tracks while Forsaken is composed of the latter seven.

While Xavier cites a number of death and heavy metal bands among his influences, the soundscapes on Horror/Forsaken are much more in the vein of bands like Dead Can Dance, only darker and considerably more disturbing. Employing a wide range of instruments including piano and violin, the record fabricates a beautiful and haunting disc that fuses the styles of ethereal neo-classical and folk. The stunning vocal work of Swedish singer Ann-Mari Thim contributes greatly to the album’s atmosphere, providing a sorrowful and emotional layer to the minimalistic and stripped down style of the band’s music.

While there is not a huge leap in style or mood between the tracks selected for Horror and those for Forsaken, the latter collection does appear to be more experimental in nature and incorporates markedly less vocal content. Xavier’s gothic literary influences, such as Lovecraft and Poe also leave their mark, as this disc would surely be appropriate as a soundtrack for cinematic adaptations of such works. Even so, there is nothing on Horror/Forsaken that would make for a sufficient live performance. The sparse nature of the music as well as the slow, brooding pace ensure that that VoidWork will in all likelihood remain a studio project. Since Horror/Forsaken was released, the highly prolific VoidWork have issued two more albums, Dark Corners and Basement.
 
Track list:

  1. Haunted
  2. Souless City
  3. People of the Monolith
  4. Marble Steps
  5. Interlude
  6. The Serpent’s Lullaby II
  7. Insomnia
  8. The Serpent’s Lullaby III
  9. Forever in Fire
  10. Post-Apocalypse
  11. The Descent
  12. Antarctica
  13. The Black Goat
  14. Akhenathon
  15. Ghostlight
  16. Forsaken
  17. Pillars
  18. Circle
  19. Nightmare
  20. Grave

 
VoidWork Website http://www.voidwork.com
VoidWork MySpace http://www.myspace.com/voidwork
VoidWork BandCamp http://voidwork.bandcamp.com
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2010-04-21
 
Brian Backlash (BrianBacklash)

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