Methadone Skies
Enter The Void


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hernan M. Campbell STAFF
October 10th, 2012 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An impressive Stoner metal sound that occasionally dwells into Progressive rock territory.

Like most psychedelic albums, Enter The Void, contains a collection of songs that focus on inducing a vivid listening experience. Manipulating sounds and embracing technical effects to replicate the experiences of being under the spell of mind-altering drugs. In a way, Enter The Void can be considered a conceptual album because its content is one that describes, through language of music, what it's like to open the doors of perception. Leaving us to wander through cosmic dimensions in this metaphysical voyage Musically speaking, Methadone Skies perform a very elaborate style of Stoner metal. Each song is comprised of aggressive and impactive riffs that are drenched in psychedelic dissonance, as well as combined with bombastically agile drumming. Methadone Skies really makes use of slow tempos, heavy rhythms, and ominous ambient passages to architect a truly impressive performance.

The album opens with "Enter The Void", which immediately starts off our journey with a thrilling overture. The music is very suspenseful, as it constantly takes us into different instrumental movements. The guitar work often shifts from ambient loops to droning riffs, which as the lead instrument, directs the sound from atmospheric discord to vigorous and eruptive passages of intensity. The music of Enter The Void is entirely instrumental, and it was a wise choice because we really get to see the effective musicianship of the band. "Long Day's Journey Into Night" is certainly one of the main highlights because it contains some of the best guitar arrangements in the whole album. After progressing beyond a fuzzed out beginning, we arrive into an impassioned section of fierce soloing and psychedelic garnishes erupting in the background. Needless to say, it's a very surreal performance and one that is very mystical in its own unique way because the instrumentation is executed with such a precise intention to coat the listener in a tapestry of disorienting sounds. As I said before, this album is all about taking the listener away from their conscious surroundings and into a cosmic realm beyond time and space.

The final track, "Exit The Void", is one that truly illustrates the mesmerizing style of the album. Though the music tends to employ a very heavy and sonically distorted sound, it intriguingly enough manages to allude a trancing effect. Starting off with an astral cloud of ambience, "Exit The Void" steadily blossoms into form, as each instrument begins to erupt out of silence so as to guide us through our journey's destination. It's a really hypnotic environment because it exudes the illusion that we're actually going somewhere. We progress with the music as it evolves in structure, becoming more abstract and louder with each passing second. "Exit The Void" is a very fitting ending to the album because it's a reprise of everything we have experienced throughout the album. Our final voyage through extended guitar solos obscured with harmonic contortion, ambient soundscapes, and emphatic drum rhythms. The content of Methadone Skies is one that really astounds with its offerings, but because it has nothing unique to present to its niche audience, it lacks to really make a name for itself. There are certainly a variety of stunning moments of instrumentation deployed in the album, but they all tend to feel more like reflections of other artists in the Stoner metal genre than something that can truly be called genuine. Nevertheless, the talent that Methadone Skies possesses can't be denied. Like most bands in the beginning stages of their career, it's more than evident that Methadone Skies is still trying to refine their sound. And if they continue along a path that exposes them to new influences and styles, as well as expand their musical aspirations, I'm certain that the release of their sophomore album may be something for Stoner metal enthusiasts to mark on their calendar. Enter The Void indeed demonstrates an ambitious and spectacular musical direction, and one that only makes us curious to see where this band might go next.



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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2012


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

An album made by user Insomniac1's band. Here is the link:
http://methadoneskies.bandcamp.com/

IF ANY OTHER USERS HAVE AN ALBUM/EP THAT THEY'D LIKE ME TO REVIEW JUST MESSAGE ME ON MY SHOUTBOX AND I'D BE GLAD TO DO SO. ANYTHING TO SUPPORT SPUTNIK ARTISTS.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2012


19747 Comments


Good review as expected and cool i'll be sure to check it out and support a fellow sputniker. (pos'd)

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2012


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Atari
Thanks, its a pretty good album. Hope you enjoy it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2012


19747 Comments


no problem, i'll check it out right now before I forget.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2012


19747 Comments


FYI I think you meant Insomniac15 not Insomniac1 lol I was confused when I went to the wrong profile and it said they joined in 1967 or something.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2012


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, I forgot the 5 at the end. My bad, man.

breakingthefragile
October 10th 2012


2956 Comments


Damn Hernan, I'm grateful for these reviews that you're writing of all this music
from sputnik users. I probably wouldn't have found out about all this good stuff if
you hadn't. I just think it's great that you're doing stuff like this for the community
anyway. You've done a lot to help this site out dude, I can't even begin to tell you
how much you've helped me out, and I'm really thankful and all for that. Review is
great btw. Have you ever written a bad review? Lol. Pos!

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2012


3395 Comments


Thanks, Paperback :D. I love the review. I'm glad you enjoyed this album.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2012


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Breaking
Thanks for the kind words, man. You're a real cool person yourself. And you've certainly been there for me quite a few times.

@insomniac
Glad you liked it man. And yeah, the album ruled, man. Keep me posted on the second one.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2012


3395 Comments


You'll be the first to know about it. Still we are a long way from recording a second one.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2012


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

The album sounds great. Good review!

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2012


20652 Comments


This sounds like something I'd dig.

Good job Paperback, pos'd.

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chambered49
October 10th 2012


1727 Comments


love the band name

MTObsidian
October 10th 2012


118 Comments


Great review as always, pos'd. I'll have to give this a listen.

CaptainDooRight
October 10th 2012


29131 Comments


Excellent review Paper, pos'd.

Based on your review I'll def have to check this out.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2012


19747 Comments


Hernan is the man. He has to be the nicest, most mature user/contributor on the site.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2012


16023 Comments


Nice review as always pos'd, I will be sure to check this out.

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MTObsidian
October 11th 2012


118 Comments


Hernan is the man. He has to be the nicest, most mature user/contributor on the site. [2]

I agree and I haven't even been around for all that long.

Mad.
September 29th 2013


3819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Highly impressive stuff, Imma buy the CD ;)

Mad.
October 18th 2013


3819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This could be a 4.5, really stunning




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