Like an echo resonating from the mystical depths of British Columbia’s wooded realms, Hail the Void emerges once again, leaving an indelible mark on the underground stoner metal scene. The trio-comprising the vocal and guitar prowess of Kirin Gudmundson, the seismic bass grooves of Dean Gustin, and the rhythmic wizardry of Curtis Bennett on drums-made waves with their self-titled debut, earning accolades and awards. Now, they return with their sophomore masterpiece, “Memento Mori,” a sonic expedition curated by Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist, Blasko.
This album is a metamorphosis. “Memento Mori” unfolds like a colossal, thunderous doom beast before shape-shifting into a lysergic rock marvel, channeling the spirits of Pink Floyd and King Crimson. The eight-track odyssey is more than a collection of songs; it’s a portal into the unexplored realms of heavy psychedelic doom metal.
Hail the Void’s sonic alchemy is palpable in every note, with finely chiseled riffs that carve through the air and powerful build-ups that lead the listener through a sonic labyrinth. Kirin Gudmundson’s vocals, an ardent force in their own right, serve as the emotional anchor amidst the musical tempest.
“Memento Mori” is a multiverse within a record – a cosmic intersection of doom metal, classic rock, and heavy psychedelia. It doesn’t conform to expectations; instead, it challenges them, creating an experience that transcends genre boundaries. It’s a sonic kaleidoscope that invites enthusiasts from various musical realms to partake in its spell.
As the album unfolds, it becomes a vivid tapestry of sound, an auditory canvas inviting exploration. This is a journey-one that beckons the listener to traverse uncharted territories of their own musical consciousness. Hail the Void hasn’t just crafted an album; they’ve birthed an atmospheric masterpiece.
“Memento Mori” is a testament to Hail the Void’s artistic evolution, a revelation that solidifies their status as trailblazers in the ever-evolving stoner metal landscape. In this release, they offer an immersive experience, an invitation to get lost in the ethereal depths of their sound-a mesmerizing pilgrimage through the void that lingers long after the final note fades away.
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Released by Ripple Music on February 17th, 2023