Album Review

Howling Void, The – “Megaliths of The Abyss” – [Metalhit]

Naysayer   8/17/2013   A Library, CD

The Howling Void, who is just one person, Ryan, from San Antonio, Texas, continues on his exploration of funeral doom with this 2009 release. Though Howling Void has put out a number of collections, with several releases since 2009, “Megaliths of The Abyss” is a bit of a sonic departure from his other work. The music is somewhat slower and more dirge-like than usual. Guitar chords held out for the duration accompanied by plodding drums set the tone for the long procession into emptiness and nothingness. Cookie Monster vocals growl incoherently about voids, sprawling plains, churning seas, and of course the abyss. And then there are the chimes. Chimes. Big single or multiple chimes. Not wind chimes but gothic cathedral style chimes that enunciate every beat reminding you of the endless journey. At first they are surprising and quite effective. After the middle of the second song there are still chimes…. and they continue. I prefer listening to just one track at a time rather than the whole album straight through. In this way one can focus on the fully orchestrated beauty of the piece, letting it take over your imagination. When one selection is done you can relax and take it all in. It is very cinematic, at least it was for me.
Ryan (aka The Colon Grinding Corpse Butcher)/The Howling Void does some interesting and rich work and it is worth a listen.

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