With seven tracks – being them Empty world, Journey in the abyss of emptiness, Finest pain,
Blind, Grains of sand, Lullaby for the dead and Buried – Emptiness is an album full of contrasts, while at the same time maintains a direct line of work, always structuring the songs in the same path of voracious lucidity. Although their sonority in a strict and more objective analyses isn’t necessarily a new one, they build an interesting degree of genuine art, even though – if you are familiar with the genre – you will rapidly identify some old sources and influences into their sound. But as fine as it is, Ashes of Nowhere inspires a new wind of cool fresh air into the genre, pixelating with interesting lines and fragments of sensibility their unusual form of composing black metal, aggregating into their own identity all the essential elements of old school black metal, without renouncing their own capabilities to capture and disseminate a vital and lacerating new vigor as a surreal way of preference, when presenting their music.
With an impeccable form and an astounding technique, Emptiness does manage to be quite a quintessential album, despite being a little repetitive sometimes. With imaginable and quite creative guitar lines, that builds interesting patterns of structure to sustain the melodies, all the seven tracks of this album are really worthwhile listening. Although old black metal fans may not be impressed, voracious talent, creative capacity and a perfect technical basis makes the headlines for this work, which certainly gives Ashes of Nowhere great potential to achieve a status scale on the underground scene.
So, if you like Black Metal, this is an interesting album to listen. A cohesive and exceedingly respectable seriousness manages to outstand the records over a lot of others that are being released, which gives Emptiness a differential line of Black Metal as an instrument of work, expression and art. I’m all for it. And you should be, as well.