German doom metal band Voidhaven release their first full-length album, Lithic.
Voidhaven started out eight years ago in Hamburg, Germany. They are a doom band that infuses a doses of death metal into the mix. Prior to the new album, all we had to listen to was the two-song self-titled EP that came out in 2018. In that sense Voidhaven a band of mystery – unless you have seen them live, you don’t know what their music sounds like. The musicians are Simon Schorneck (vocals, guitar), Phil Kruppa (guitar), Marcos Lege (keys), Jakob Gozdzielewski (bass), and Norman Müller (drums).
There are six big tracks on the new album. First up, “Resting on Tombs.” The music is somber and almost mournful to begin with, in sort of a melodic doom kind of way. The heavy guitar riffs get more serious soon enough, and we hear the vocals step in, rough yet decipherable. Quietening bars come back and then the music shifts toward a reflective piano, with sounds of destruction in the distance, a voiceover, and finally back to the established earlier presence. It is quite a journey. “Sermon of Scorn” has many of the same elements, but it is more mysterious, more otherworldly. High marks for that. “To Walk Among Ghosts” finishes the side, and it is the clearest presentation of doom so far. Melodic vocals give a funereal, hymnal feeling, and deepen the impression of finality. It is an excellent song – my favorite on the album.
“The Everblazing Picture” fits in with the others, and has an expansive burst toward the end. “The Desolate Throne,” on the other hand, is more reserved and serious, with grand expressions. “Something Cruel Within” brings the set to a close. The vocals emit suffocated suffering and the placing of the shifts and changes barely rescues you in time. The keys here are even more expressive, and the death metal elements are honed to match the hopelessness of the adjoining music. Well done. Recommended.
Lithic descends upon our planet on Friday, June 9th through Ardua Music. Get yours at the links below.
Voidhaven website, http://voidhaven.de/
Ardua Music, https://www.arduamusic.com/
© Wayne Edwards