Invernoir – The Void and the Unbearable Loss (Review)

Invernoir - The Void and the Unbearable LossThis is the debut album from Invernoir, an Italian doom metal band.

Taking influence from old-school doom/Gothic metal via the likes of My Dying Bride, Anathema, Katatonia, and Paradise Lost, The Void and the Unbearable Loss contains 51 minutes of music crafted in this venerable style.

The songs are replete with rich melodies that just drip emotive heartache and woe. Synths and strings enrich proceedings even further, and both are well-considered and performed. Different paces and dynamics are used in the music, from slow atmospheric soundscapes to mid-paced chuggery. I particularly like the rhythm guitars on this release, and when combined with the mournful melodies it makes for an enjoyable listen.

The band know their source material well, and manage to easily invoke the 90s doom era. Listening to The Void and the Unbearable Loss is almost like listening to a time capsule from decades past, only a more polished version due to having taken advantage of modern technology; this is a well-recorded slab of misery, and Invernoir sound good.

I enjoyed my time with The Void and the Unbearable Loss very much. Although a band I would have to be in a certain mood for to return to often, I still recommend Invernoir for any fan of old-school doom metal. Check this out.

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