While Emptiness of Life can be – at least theoretically – considered one of those projects that associates Black Metal with sadness, apparently having started as a Depressive Suicidal Black Metal project (DSBM, for the ones most familiar with), Emptiness of Life’s music is far away from being melancholic. Setting labels and categorizations apart – which is a very subjective evaluation, relying solely on personal interpretation – his music, at least in this album, is very uplifting, being at a certain point extremely rewarding and motivational, although should not be considered less blackened because of that. With a very strong, resilient and powerful guitar work, amazingly impressive and inspirational to say the least, the ability of Levsha to create transcendental, cohesive and solid atmospheres is groundbreaking. I certainly haven’t listened to any guitar works as brilliant as this in the genre before, with a high degree of creative structural audacity, that focuses on strong and consistent guitar riffs to create different plans of harmonies. With an extremely pungent, high and fiercely grounded base that becomes the synthesis for a rhythmic paradox into the music, structuring all nerves of the songs into one firm link, the nine songs of Caged can be considered astonishing and carefully constructed works of art, upon which Emptiness of Life creates and disseminates his sonorous configuration of a vast existence. Caged, as a whole, can certainly be considered a fantastic masterpiece of Atmospheric Metal. You have to listen for yourself, to believe! It is a very out of the ordinary piece of work!
Caged, after all, can be considered one of those albums who certainly follows its own path, never mind the rules and the standards of the genre upon which we think he belongs. Setting free the patterns of his creativity, Levsha does some very uncommon things on his art, creating unusual and rare configurations of atmospheres that the metal genre certainly never saw before, his inclination towards audacity, creativity and originality, in its purest form, is no minor element in the underground today. Never worried to please whatever ramifications to which his music supposedly should belong to, what we have here, with Emptiness of Life’s Caged, is a very lucid, atmospheric and spiritually free style of sound, compromised only with the integrity of its purely transcendental originality, standardizing and establishing its own patterns of musical sensibility. With a terrific, promising, fresh and innovative approach regarding musical direction, creation and exposition, Emptiness of Life sounds spiritually minded and gifted with an astounding degree of impulsive and fearless originality, making music that, besides being beautiful, unique and apprehensively true to the point, it is absolutely free of all boundaries and limitations. With a boundless creativity that conquers all the subjectivity of the resonating transcendence of those wonderful elements that points out what great music is made of, you will be astounded with this record, if you listen to it. With impressive and very well designed lines of guitar work that makes you feel the greatest storms, aphorisms and beauty of his soul, Emptiness of Life’s music is built over an astounding superior degree of artistic sensibility, that pulls over the repentant dashboards of common ground ingenuity, that overflows so hysterically in between ordinary acts.
Be sure when I say this is one of the most amazing and astounding releases in the underground nowadays, when it comes to guitar-building ambient and atmospheric metal. Caged, by Emptiness of Life, is certainly a powerful, energetic and incredible album, that will make up your mind as soon as you listen to it! It is a supremely beautiful work of art! Check it out, as soon as you can!