Il Vuoto is an Italian doom metal band, formed by Matteo (who also plays in black metal outfit Chiral). The music on 'Sea Of Emptiness' can best be discibed as funeral doom metal with some post-rock influences. The latter is mainly based on the elaborate instrumental pieces of highly atmospheric music. There's two songs and an interlude on this album. The interlude is a pretty nice but short piece of classical music, with piano and violin.
The other two tracks are huge soulcrushing anthems that remind me of bands like Esoteric, Shape of Despair and even a bit of Nortt. Extremely slow guitar riffs and methodical drums deliver a pitch black atmosphere. Include some bizarre vocals and deep death growls and you have a brilliant piece of depressive music. Il Vuoto also incorporate the layers of drones and soundscapes that make post-rock so interesting, especially in 'L'Essence Of Nothingness'.
Besides being able to write very strong doom songs, Il Vuoto also proves they're excellent musicians. The pieces of acoustic guitar and piano are beautiful. They give the e.p. the necessary amount of variation. So, yes, this is a fantastic doom e.p., promising a great future for Il Vuoto. This effort makes people like me hungry for more and I can only hope a full-length will be in the making soon, along of course with a tour, passing my town (or country, or neighbouring country, I'll travel for this one).