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Seventh Void: Heaven Is Gone

Seventh Void: Heaven Is Gone

Heavy/Doom/Stoner Metal
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Seventh Void, formed by Type O Negative guitarist Kenny Hickey and drummer Johnny Kelly, brings their debut release 'Heaven Is Gone' through Big Vin Records, the label created by Hellyeah/Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The band also features bassist Hank Hell (Inhuman) and guitarist Matt Brown (Supermassiv). Seventh Void departs little from the Type O Negative history of heavy riffs, slow arrangements, and earthbound lyrics. However, some may find 'Heaven Is Gone' many degrees more towards stoner or sludge metal where TON could venture into thrash metal, hardcore, prog rock and even hardcore at times.

Not being a sporting fan of the painful drudgery of doom, stoner, or sludge metal, Type O Negative was never really on my radar. So ultimately Seventh Void is not something that would normally grace my music shelves. Indeed, their sound is slow, foreboding and painfully plodding much of the time. 'Killing You Slow,' the pinnacle of leadfooted heaviness, describes perfectly the nature of this work and its subsequent effect upon me. Better pieces rose from this disc when melody (The End Of All Time, Drown Inside, Last Walk In The Light) or prog nuances (Broken Sky) trumps the drudgery. Another roadblock to my enjoyment was Hickey's screamo vocals which were mostly unrelenting and monotonous. This is a shame because he shows some degree of variation at times as on 'Shadow On Me.' But kudos should go to Hank Hell's impressive bass presence especially on 'Broken Sky' and Matt Brown visibly proficient and creative fret work throughout; personal favorites included his leads on 'The End Of All Time' and 'Drown Inside.'

Seventh Void will probably fill the void (no pun intended) left by Type O Negative's current retreat (or demise). 'Heaven Is Gone' is a thick, often painfully plodding platter, of massively heavy metal. This disc is probably most useful for the most serious and dedicated fans alone.

In Short

Seventh Void will probably fill the void (no pun intended) left by Type O Negative's current retreat (or demise). 'Heaven Is Gone' is a thick, often painfully plodding platter, of massively heavy metal. This disc is probably most useful for the most serious and dedicated fans alone.

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