|Review: Journey Into Darkness - Multitudes of Emptiness|
|Multitudes of Emptiness|
Year released: 2020
Review online: June 10, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
for:Multitudes of Emptiness
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
This is a side project of guitarist Brett Clarin, formerly of the Death Metal band Sorrow. Sounds like he is going for the Symphonic Black Metal styling made popular by Dimmu Borgir and at times this really shines but, when it doesn't, it is downright terrible.
The Good — He definitely has a grasp of the symphonic bombastic sounds that Dimmu uses. The album sounds absolutely massive during the song sections of the album. Hands down, the best song on the album is track five, "The Insignificance Of". If the album were filled with songs of this quality, I would easily give this album a perfect score. The symphonic moments are perfectly spread throughout this one. I think some bands have a tendency to take it too far and it comes off sounding like they tried to stuff five pounds of shit in a 3-pound bag. The tempo changes are expertly placed and doubling up on the Death Metal growls along with the Black Metal shrieks really blend well here. Like I said, the album sounds great during the actual songs but when the interludes come in, whatever momentum the songs gave you is completely squandered, which leads to the bad....
The Bad—THE INTERLUDES!!! Even if you were to take the interludes completely out and release this as an EP (it's already pretty short at 28 minutes) you would be infinitely better off. I do not know what he was going for here, but track four, "Desolation," doesn't sound desolate at all. It actually sounds like an extremely poor musical score to an old 8-bit Zelda game. I actually thought somehow I had switched playlists and had to make sure. Maybe I'm not smart enough to "get it," but I honestly don't.
Overall, this album shows some incredible amounts of potential. "The Insignificance Of" is an incredible song and I would absolutely love to hear more of this. Maybe next time just leave the interludes out.
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