Black Malachite
Void


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Dansereau CONTRIBUTOR (34 Reviews)
January 10th, 2017 | 120 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of gradual maturation.

A subtly ominous piano melody, accompanied by the distant sound of electronic beeps and blips, slowly lulls the listener into a melancholy trance. After a brief pause, soaring orchestral strings lift one’s spirit, before coming crashing down into more ominous synths and a thumping drum machine. In this way, “The Taker” is a perfect encapsulation of much of the music that is to follow on Black Malachite’s debut full-length Void. This is an album devoted to capturing a mood somewhere between relaxation and creeping dread, and it achieves this through the use of unusual, frequently surprising musical shifts within the context of a relatively consistent sonic palate.

In his previous project My Tears, Your Weapon, Southern California producer Dalton DuBois frequently attempted to jar the listener, such as on the On the Edge of Reason EP, which attempted to veer between electronic textures and pounding metalcore instrumentals from one track to the next. However, in the interim DuBois has learned much about the power of restraint and tonal consistency, and Void is in many ways a result of that maturation. While there is a fair amount of variation in sound from track to track, DuBois rarely ever sacrifices consistency in mood or pacing for shock value, which leads to a listening experience with much greater replay value.

Many of DuBois’ production choices give insight into his diverse genre influences throughout the album’s 11 tracks. “Noise Scars” is centered around mellow intertwining guitar licks; “Love, We Are Death” focuses on a repeating piano melody as other instrumentals fade in and out; “Intoxication by Proxy” is carried by a slow guitar melody line until the pace is quickened by upbeat syncopated drumming in the track’s final minute. Only “Cut Connections” attempts the sort of rapid-fire composition that DuBois had made a key part of his sound in previous works, and while it is engaging enough on its own, it contains perhaps the only moments in the album when one is taken out of the prevalent mood entirely. Yet for the most part, despite a few awkward musical transitions, DuBois has shown on Void that he can be quite adept at maintaining a theme throughout an entire full-length work. And in spite of all of the genre shifts and production bells and whistles that fill much of his other work, this is by far the more impressive achievement.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2017


55099 Comments


well

TVC15
January 10th 2017


8373 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lol

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Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2017


13090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

that moment when your friend asks you to write a positive review for your idm deathstep dubcore ambient project and he phones it in

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zaruyache
January 10th 2017


17313 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

well

Snide
January 10th 2017


7050 Comments


Spiritual pos

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2017


11295 Comments


Lol at Fripp.

Snide
January 10th 2017


7050 Comments


I might release a deluxe version of Void

alienobserver
January 10th 2017


3664 Comments


i laughed

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2017


11295 Comments


I think you should just focus on your third album for a bit, take it one thing at a time man.

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2017


13090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Dude give me the stems to void and I'll remake that fucker



for realsies :^)

Snide
January 10th 2017


7050 Comments


@daniel: That's true, I can worry about deluxe versions later. Besides, I want to work more on a deluxe version of Distortion World anyways instead of Void now that I think about it.

DoctorSuqMadiq
January 10th 2017


5 Comments


lmao why do people keep acting like this guy's albums don't suck total shit? i understand being nice but god damn this kid is going to go on and think he can get a record deal or something.

owen
January 10th 2017


4848 Comments


thanks doc

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tellah
January 10th 2017


504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Doc his stuff isn't 3.5 for me but it isn't dreadful or anything (except for Rage)

Snide
January 10th 2017


7050 Comments


"lmao why do people keep acting like this guy's albums don't suck total shit?"
Maybe subjectivity is a thing
Maybe some of my releases are better than my other releases
Maybe some people actually enjoy some of my releases

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2017


11295 Comments


DoctorSuqMadiq lmao.

MyMonkeyIsGay
January 10th 2017


3 Comments


"Maybe some people actually enjoy some of my releases"

I pray for their soul.

sixdegrees
January 10th 2017


24149 Comments


holding out for the deluxe edition

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talktothehead
January 10th 2017


2620 Comments


"lmao why do people keep acting like this guy's albums don't suck total shit? i understand being nice but god damn this kid is going to go on and think he can get a record deal or something. "

Pretty sure worst albums have been published under major labels

Tyler.
January 10th 2017


12887 Comments


How much did he pay you do to this?



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