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Album Review: The Call of the Void by ANTICOSM


Release Date: 16 August 2019
Release by: Hell Kill Destroy Records

Someone Must Suffer
Scorched Earth
Call Of The Void
Fall Asleep
Somewhere Between Life And Death
Behold The Venom Crystals
The Only Truth
Never Enough

Bio of the ANTICOSM:

The roots of ANTICOSM dig deep into the underground metal scene of New Jersey. It all began with Kirill Kovalevsky (vocals), Mark Siedlecki (guitar) and Beheader (drums) releasing their first set of songs titled Alcoholic Darkness in 2007. Since then, the band pushed out three more releases, Against the Cosmos (2009), The Wreckoning EP (2011), and Anticosm (2015) while signed to Born of Chaos Records, and has toured the U.S. twice. Fusing Black Metal with the traditional Heavy Metal drive was the aim, Black Thrash n Roll was the result.

ANTICOSM is no longer with Born of Chaos Records and has since went through several line-up changes. The three founding members remain, with the additions of Tom Wilson on bass and Keith Romanski on guitar. New life springs new ideas, cultivated by the group, forged and polished into The Call of the Void, a new full-length album ANTICOSM will release in the summer of 2019.  Changing the mold while staying true to the fundamentals ANTICOSM is determined to progress above the noise and beyond the howling void.

Information about the album:

The Call of the Void features founding members Kirill Kovalevsky (vocals), Mark Siedlecki II (lead and rhythm guitars) and Beheader (drums), along with bassist Tom Wilson. New guitarist Keith Romanski joined the fold shortly after the album was recorded.

The album was recorded and mixed by Brendan Smith at Brady Street Recordings in Waldwick, New Jersey and produced by ANTICOSM and Brendan Smith, with mastering by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio. Artwork and design by Metastazis, a graphic design studio out of Paris, France, formed and led by Valnoir (MORBID ANGEL, WATAIN, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER).

This will be my first time listening to a Black Thrash n'Roll band. And if you have never listen to any thing in the genre then this is a good album to start. The best way that I can put it is that it has Black Metal vocals mixed with Thrash and Rock inspired guitar work. If that sounds like something that you would like to listen to then you need to check this album out!

Any time that I hear a lot of bass in an album I will most likely enjoy that album. The bass work on this album is amazing. Tom Wilson really did a good job. The guitar work is really good as well. Really good production value on this album.

The opening track, Viral, start out with an ominous opening; leading in a fast paced song. And it keep that pace going with Someone Must Suffer. The Intro to Scorched Earth and a real rock feel to it. The intro to Call of the Void has an acoustic part to it and I really enjoyed that. I just enjoy when a song goes from acoustic to heavy guitars. 

Fall Asleep has to be my favorite song off the album! The fade into and then half way through it has a kick ass solo. A real stand out song for me. But what I really like about this album is that each song has its sort own feel to it. That album does not sound repetitive. A great listen and you give it a try!

Arbitrary Rating: 5/5 

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