Void Moon – Deathwatch (2016)


Perfectly marketed as a no-bull Epic Doom Metal outfit, today we have Sweden’s Void Moon and their sophomore full-length release titled “Deathwatch”. Presenting the listeners with nine brilliant tracks full of melancholy, this band focuses on epic soaring vocals and sorrowful riffs. Drawing comparisons with bands like the epic Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus, this album will surely keep any fan of the genre at the edge of the seat.

Leading with the mournful riffs of “Rivers of the Moon”, the album instantly showcases the brilliant vocals of Jonas Gustavsson. The overall tempo of this track is brilliant, allowing the punishing riffs to brilliantly offset the clean vocals. By featuring such a clean and professional production, tracks like “Where the Sleeper Lies Awake” and the Pentagram-esque “Assassin of an Age”, the band allows to have a timeless sound while being quite clean and direct.

With NWOBHM influences perfectly mixed between traditional Doom structures, tracks like “Cathedral Parkway” and the super catchy “Out of the Well” perfectly define the band’s unique and very straightforward sound. For those of us that like more dramatic and heavier Doom, the opening of “Deathwatch” is one of the top Doom moments of 2016. As if the album wasn’t melancholic enough, the band closes with the downer piece “Garden of Sorrow”.

As a whole, “Deathwatch” is a very entertaining release filled with epic vocals and soul crushing riffs. This Swedish band does a great job in never straying away from their path while crafting unique and interesting tracks for more than 40 minutes. If you are a fan of melancholic and depressive music, you should definitely keep your eye out for Void Moon and their brilliant music.

Band: Void Moon Album: Deathwatch

Label: Sun & Moon Records

Release: March 28th, 2016

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Genre: Epic Doom Metal

Country: Sweden

Rating: 90/100

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