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Review: Trancelike Void - Destroying Something Beautiful
Trancelike Void
Destroying Something Beautiful

Label: De Tenebrarum Principio
Year released: 2008
Duration: 41:21
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 27, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Destroying Something Beautiful

Rated 2/5 (40%) (2 Votes)

Trancelike Void is perhaps a strange name for a Black Metal band, but then again, the promos I got from De Tenebrarum Principio have introduced me to some cool bands with their own vision of this art. Of course, this is not old school or symphonic in style, but a rather dramatic sort of Black Metal. The label has this to say about this band: "a poisoned chemistry of depressive Black Metal and hypnotic negativity". Damn right!. While listening to this album, I was thinking about calling this music melancholic, but depressive is much more accurate.

Of the seven tracks, four are instrumentals, and they introduce the three parts. These compositions are made of calmer moments, composed on clean guitars and a touch of atmospheric keyboards. Some words are included on "Epilogue: Escape". The three parts are more of the rawer style, with the highly distorted riffs/arpeggios, subdued drums and bass and ghostly rasps. These songs are lengthier (8-11 minutes) compared to the much shorter 2-3 minute instrumentals. They are also simple, repetitive, hypnotic, and no blast beats or double basses can be heard. Instead, a more appropriate cemetery/doom mid pace was rightly chosen as a mean to "destroy something beautiful". Besides the calmer/ambient instrumentals like "Interlude I: Daydream" and "Interlude II: Nightmare", the composition I felt demonstrates this hypnotic negativity was "Part II: Fragile Consciousness".

Destroying Something Beautiful is another interesting Black Metal offering coming out of the growing Italian scene.

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