Released: 2015, Relapse
Reviewer: Addison Herron-Wheeler
To continue my trend of trying to provide exposure to as many local Denver bands as possible, here is a review of the second release by awesome blackened doom group Call of the Void. This new record, entitled AGELESS is incredibly hard hitting and unrelenting. Much like the sophomore album by local contemporaries In the Company of Serpents, which I reviewed last month, this record pales their first offering, DRAGGED DOWN A DEAD END PATH, not because that record is not strong, but just because this one is so much stronger. Instead of sounding like a pretty solid doom band that is great but admittedly one of many, this record really sets them onto a path of distinction.
The black-and-white skeletal face and crescent moon on the cover are very compelling, and the music on the record is just as strong and solid as the cover makes it sound. My favorite track by far is the eighth song, “Cold Hands,” and a close second is the epic and droning “Honor Among Thieves.” I have read a few reviews of the record that complain about the flat or compressed sound of the recording, and while it did not really bother me, I can see where they are coming from. I noticed in the liner notes that the record was mastered by the person who worked on Tragedy’s records, and while Tragedy are one of my favorite bands, I have always felt similarly about their sound quality. Still, sound nerdery aside, this is a very strong and solid album.
I would recommend this album to everyone who likes gnarly, gritty, blackened doom. This record can be a bit brutal and bleak at times, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend listening to it when you are depressed and feeling like a picker upper, but aside from that, I think anyone who digs the genre will certainly dig this record.