Album of the Month

The debut full-length from Greek band Automaton is weighty, sludgy, coffin-lid-slamming Doom perfection.
(Read more)

Random band

Three-piece Whalesong, from Tarnowskie Góry, have a Cult Of Luna Post-Metal sound with added Drone/Doom/Industrial textures bolstering out a fairl...
(read more)

Well Of Past : Well Of Past

Well Of Past is an Italian one-man project. The guy has taken the name Vox of Silence. This demo offers nearly ten minutes of sinister, eerie Black-Doom Metal.

The first thing that strikes from the very beginning of the sole track of the demo is the muddy production; very muffled. It serves no instruments in particular and especially not the voice that is pushed far into the background.

The song starts with ultra heavy guitars, a clear voice, a bit fragile in its cold gothic intonations, makes its appearance. At this point, it’s still tricky to affix a label on the music of Well Of Past. Then remote, cavernous growls burst in topping sick undulating guitar leads. The rhythm changes abruptly; the pace goes faster and errupts in a Black-ish blastbeat. The voice of Vox of Silence is as varied as his music; he uses grunts, Black shrieks and, as I said, a type of Gothic clear voice.

There’s a lot of ideas, rhythm changes and breaks. At the confluences of Black, Doom, Death, Gothic Rock, the music of Well Of Past produces a great bleak and depressive atmosphere. You could have the impression of being in the bottom of a damp and cold cavern. It is a complex tapestry of intersecting influences: The Ruins Of Beverast, Elysian Blaze, Verdunkeln, and Hate Forest among others.

The song does not end really. This lack of endpoint ultimately betrays a poorly controlled appetite for diversity that sacrifices the clarity of a coherent structure to the simple addition of variations and pace changes. That’s the only major flaw of this demo.

The talent is there, and it won’t be a waste of time to keep an eye on the future productions of Well Of Past.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Act I: Through The Well Of Past (Winter Of Life)

Duration : Approx. 10 minutes.

Visit the Well Of Past bandpage.

Reviewed on 10-12-2008 by Bertrand marchal
Advertise your band, label or distro on doom-metal.com