'Il Vuoto' actually translates as 'The Void', which seems to be a place where this Italian band often find themselves. According to their facebook page, their main influences are sorrow, pain, distress and noise. From a musical standpoint, they've selected bands like Nortt, Wolves In The Throne Room, Sunn O))) and Shape of Despair, among others. So yes, we're dealing with a great funeral doom album, driving on an inert tempo and depressive sound.
Now, those of you who think funeral doom metal is a boring, unimaginative and one-sided musical genre should really pay attention to this band. They succeeded in perfecly blending drones and noise with symphonic elements and even some beautiful classical instruments like guitars and piano (or keyboards). Opener 'And Night Devours Me' has it all: a lengthy atmospheric intro, crushing guitars, slow but pounding drums and deep grunts. This ten-plus minutes lasting anthem is a brilliant song in the vein of bands like Shape Of Despair. Here, time is irrelevant, only despair is an issue.
Il Vuoto isn't weary of incorporating some other elements as well. As we're still listening to the opening track, suddenly I'm reminded of Santana. Yes, Santana. That is obviously because of the guitar solo somewhere near the end, but I quite like that. It shows a highly versatile band, especially in a so-called 'boring' genre like this. 'The Harvest' shows another often underappreciated element, namely noise. Nothing resembles the atmosphere of despair so well as noise and hints of black metal. This higly experimental song is a painful piece of drone-doom that will haunt my dreams for quite some time from now on.
'See Of Emptiness' perfectly follows 'The Harvest' by incoporating a similar noisy approach to the funeral doom in 'And Night Devours Me'. Yet, the clean guitars at the end once again come up with something beautiful and soothing. 'And The Night Took Her' is a nice piece of modern classical music, functioning mainly as well-needed breather before 'Through Mirrors I Saw The Ghost of Me' brings back the noise, literally. This one is probably the noisiest song on the album, even to the point where it seems that the production is way different than with the other songs.
Since we're going over this song by song, I should add 'I, Essence of Nothingness', another impressive and classic masterpiece of funeral doom metal. It's a wee-bit faster but don't let that fool you, it's still massively slow. Finally, 'Closure XVII' leaves out the guitars and drums and focuses on being an epic dark anthem. The one to end it all, so to speak. But I'm not going to end here, I'll just keep on pressing play until I disintegrate into the nothing I was supposed to be...