Friday, January 20, 2017

Vipassi "Śūnyatā"

Country: Australia
Genre(s): Instrumental Atmospheric Technical Progressive Metal
Label: Season of Mist
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 20, 2017
1. Gaia (4:30)
2. Benzaiten (3:20)
3. Jove (4:01)
4. Sum (5:14)
5. Elpis (4:47)
6. Paradise (2:33)
7. Samsara (5:55)

Total time 30:20

Ben Boyle (Hadal Maw, A Million Dead Birds Laughing) - Guitars, Additional Vocals (5)
Dan Presland (Ne Obliviscaris, A Million Dead Birds Laughing) - Drums
Brendan Brown (Ne Obliviscaris) - Bass
Benjamin Baret (Ne Obliviscaris) - Lead Guitar
Chantelle Clancy - Vocal layers

We begin by answering the first question likely to spring to mind: given the makeup of the band, is this simply Ne Obliviscaris 2.0? The answer: no it’s not. In fact, it was the brilliant Ben Boyle who wrote the vast majority of the music here, just as he does for Hadal Maw and AMDBL; however, it’s important to note that Śūnyatā doesn’t exactly sound like one of those projects either. Sure, every now and then there will be a riff here, or a drum fill there which will remind listeners of NeO, Hadal Maw or AMDBL, but for the most part these four have created a beast all unto its own, an instrumental offering best described as a mixture of Fallujah and Beyond Creation. Atmosphere is the name of the game here, and Śūnyatā delivers it in spades. The title itself is a buddhist concept loosely translating to emptiness, voidness or spaciousness, and so it’s no surprise that these themes engulf the music itself.
Read the full review by Karlo Doroc at heavyblogisheavy.com



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