Of course, if you don’t like this genre of music, you may be bored, and the slow passages of the album do demand some patience. But overall, this is a very tempestuous album, that explicitly states in the more agonizing moments the proverbial intentions of their style. With the prevalence of abrasive guitar lines, that distinctively shapes the sound as an aggressive ritual of desperation, Surrounding the Void is a somewhat multifaceted album, with a lot of shades, perspectives and nuances, some more beautiful than others. With no fear of exposing their more delicate side, the album has some poetic and melancholic tones, full of vibrating nostalgia and never-ending colorful afternoons.
Although some songs are too long, there is transcendental majesty on this work, with serenity, calmness and happiness underneath its brutal falling on reality. An album to listen carefully, with attention and passion, certainly, as you can listen for yourself, it’s full of qualities and merits, and deserves to find its audience.
The major problem of the album is the length of some songs: being generally too extensive, probably will demand a great deal of your patience. But putting this aspect of the record aside, if you are into this genre of music, you will find Surrounding the Void a decent and enjoyable album. With a style of their own, that intensely plays with a very genuine creative feeling, Palmer is a promising band with an authentic sound. Despite the fact that they have yet to learn how to properly infuse synergy with dynamics, they are skilled musicians on the right road. Definitely, Surrounding the Void can be considered an interesting album, for enthusiasts of the genre.