Tuesday, 30 August 2016

REVIEW: Body Void - "Ruins" EP (Review)

By: Chris Bull

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 16/06/2016
Label: Transylvanian Tapes



Sounding like a seismic shift, 'Swans' instantly obliterates everything. The riffs slowly and mercilessly attack the central nervous system while the vocals suffocate and strangle.  At the tail end of this EP comes the even more epic and gigantic 'Ruins', if you can imagine Andy Dufregne's escape in ' The Shawshank Redemption'; slow, filthy, dark, foreboding, this track is the embodiment of it.  Body Void have set the bench mark pretty damn high now, surely they will follow this up with something truly amazing.

‘Ruins’ CS//CD//DD track listing:

1). Swans
2). Erased
3). Monolith
4). Ruins

The Review:

Damn it feels good to be a Sludgelord; especially when tasty slabs of sonic mass come hurtling towards your face! I'll admit, I'd never heard of Body Void or their previous incarnation; Devoid but man, 'Ruins' their 1st EP has certainly left a lingering taste!

Sounding like a seismic shift, 'Swans' instantly obliterates everything. The riffs slowly and mercilessly attack the central nervous system while the vocals suffocate and strangle. The guitars are lacking a little weight behind them that would make the force of each strum that much greater but it still packs enough grit to cause plenty of earaches.

'Erased' has a slightly faster, crustier opening but slows into some truly blood curdling doom! The titanic 'Monolith' is rather eponymous; standing, solemnly amidst the shrieking vocals and feedback are riffs that are...well, monolithic! The crusty part at the songs midsection is well placed and very welcome amongst the huge distorted slabs of blackened doom. At the tail end of this EP comes the even more epic and gigantic 'Ruins', if you can imagine Andy Dufregne's escape in ' The Shawshank Redemption'; slow, filthy, dark, foreboding, this track is the embodiment of it. Despite being 16 minutes of slow, torturous doom, it still has plenty of twists to keep your attention.

Body Void have set the bench mark pretty damn high now, surely they will follow this up with something truly amazing.

‘Ruins’ is available here


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RIYL: Khanate, Thou, Keeper, Primitive Man

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