This album I can't speak highly enough of, I know I'm venturing more and more into metal with each post but whatever. The album "Nothing but the Whole" by Emptiness is a crushing and odd mix of Death, Black, and Doom all in one. The album's lyrics seem to be very personal to the writer, and seem to be dialogue between their own mind.
The album starts out slow, with the song "Go and Hope", it's repetitive droning riffs and keyboards set the mood of pessimism that'll be present throughout the whole album. The guitar tones are muddy yet clear, and have just enough bass to fit perfectly. The growled vocals teeter on the line between a powerful grunt and a whisper, adding to the atmosphere. The title track, Nothing but the Whole, which is the second song on the album, continues this atmosphere previously set forth by the doom-ridden song before it. At this point, more Death influences call throughout the darkness. The song is hard hitting at points, and transitions into parts that almost give off a hopeful feel, then delve back into the deep black that is the real atmosphere. Behind the Curtain starts off quite a bit faster than the previous too, with a fast paced, tremolo picked riff which changes into a bouncy sounding doom-inspired riff, and then transfers to a very death-inspired riff seamlessly. The song transitions from a more hateful atmosphere into a very pessimistic atmosphere again, and then into a harder riff, but still continuing that atmosphere. The fourth track, All is Known, is the longest track on the album at 8 minutes and 53 seconds, and is a beast of it's own. Transitioning from hopeful to pessimistic over and over, when the middle of the song reaches, it becomes very odd to say the least and making you feel like you don't know what they're going to pull next. The drums transition perfectly throughout this whole song, sometimes it's even hard to tell that they transitioned. The fifth track, Tale of a Burning Man, starts out with a very black inspired riff that's very hard hitting and evil. A large portion of this song is fast, and might be the fastest paced song on the album. The Past is Death, the 6th title on the album, slows down significantly and is filled with dark and hard-hitting riffage, the song is also more evil in atmosphere than the rest. And that's really all I can say about that track heh, but it's still amazing. The final track on the album, Lowland, is exactly what it is, low. The atmosphere in this track is a lot moPost too long. Click here to view the full text.