Album: Storming Voices of Inner Devotion
Release Date: April 2016
Record Label: Sun & Moon Records
Genre: Anti-Cosmic Metal
Svoid is a Hungarian band. Formed in 2009, they were formed with the aim to define a link between All or Nothing, which represents the formless end. Hence, their genre can be generally described as anti-cosmic metal and features elements from different genres, but their style has been associated with black metal.
Their latest record “Storming Voices of Inner Devotion” was released on April 2016. I am always skeptical when the bands choose to define their music style in a rather different way so before listening to the record, I wondered if their style was really anti-cosmic metal or if they came up with this definition to catch attention. When I spinned the record, I came to realize that the overall vibe is indeed linked to anti-cosmic metal. This overall vibe is not felt directly though; the more I listened to the songs and felt the darkness in the black-metal vocals and riffs, the better I realized that Svoid indeed carries a message or some form of concept within the songs. In this sense, this is surely an interesting record; it will keep you curious song after song. Although there is no diversity (in a progressive manner), you might find yourself drawn into the darkness in the record. I personally see this one more as a concept record; the record feels quite different when you listen to it from the beginning to the end. Except “Eternal”, which does not fit into the concept of the band’s character at all, the record is musically quite dynamic and dark.
Although the band’s style is mostly associated with black metal, I think that what they create is rather a mixture of post-metal and black-metal elements. The vocals reminded me of a mixture of Jon Nödtveidt (Dissection) and John Haughm (Agalloch), which I found really well done for a record like this. Considering the band’s mission, the vocals definitely form the highlight. Let’s not forget the riffs though and that’s where the album got me; the riffs are a mixture of post- and black metal which made this record quite ‘progressive’ in a way. So in my opinion, this is not a typical black metal record but you can hear a harmony of different ‘dark’ genres, which definitely form this ‘anti-cosmic metal’ style. What I would love to hear from Svoid in the future would be the improvement of clean vocals as well as maybe the addition of synths or background melodies to make their sound even darker, more ambient and more progressive as I think that it will fit the band’s essence a lot!
“Storming Voices of Inner Devotion” is dark and dynamic. If you are particularly interested in the concepts of anti-cosmic metal but also post- and black metal, give this album a chance! Let’s see what this formation has for us in the future!
S – bass,vocals
Dániel – drums, backing vocals
Gergő – guitars, backing vocals
01. Through The Horizon
02. Crown of Doom
03. Never to Redeem
04. Death, Holy End
06. A Mind In Chains
07. Forlorn Heart
08. Lefelé a setét mélységbe
10. Long I’ve Gone (Where All Sinks)
11. In Damnation Vast