Gutvoid
Durance of Lightless Horizons


4.0
excellent

Review

by ffs USER (50 Reviews)
January 1st, 2023 | 18 replies


Release Date: 09/23/2022 | Tracklist


It only takes a quick gaze at the nearest horizon to realise that the experience of seeing pretty much as far as the human eye can ever hope to see in a meaningful way, across whatever diminishing landscape is available nearby, conjures feelings of loneliness and emptiness powerful enough to make an apocalypse seem redundant.

Durance of Lightless Horizons, the first full-length release from cosmic horror-dabbling bowel evacuators Gutvoid, is a uniquely crafted death metal album which sets out to capture that sense of sublime transience and delivers fully on its thematic goal - distance and hopelessness are evoked recurrently for 52 despairing minutes. Tracks on this album feel incredibly spacious, gaps that might typically be closed by extra notes or fills often linger deliberately between winding leads, labyrinthine grooves and wretched growls to emphasise feelings of loss and despondence.

While the tempos are certainly doomy, the instrumental tone embraces an ironic sense of lightness. The chords here generally appeal to ideas richer and more complex than mere death, and the sprawling leads often depict a sense of terrible beauty. That's not to say there aren't plenty of crushing riffs on Duranceā€¦. such as the trem early in "In Caverns it Lurks", yet even these sections suggest an echo of horrifyingly vast and insurmountable spaciousness. The sound production is necessarily but subtly polished; Duranceā€¦ is certainly a cleaner and clearer experience than than the average death metal album but the clarity lends itself excellently to the most aesthetically decisive aspect of each track which is the guitar leads.

The fact that the leads dominate here could be imagined as indulgent but the arrangements, though often long and pummelling, are overall varied and unpredictable. Ideas synopsised by the song titles are regularly embodied by the guitar which punctuates the dutiful lurching low-end of the album incredibly. Some of the leads are frankly cool as fuck - like the maddening buildup towards the end of "Coils of Gas-Hewn Filament", or the hypnotic melodies a few minutes into "The One Who Dwells Beyond Time", or the mystically paranoid twangs which punctuate a groove 3 minutes or so into "Wandering Dungeon".

Just like their earlier effort Astral Bestiary, notable influence from Demilich is apparent particularly in the writhing riffs in the tellingly titled "Delivered to the Altar Lich" and in the vocals midway through "Skeletal Glyph", but their influence is distributed consistently as the kilter of the album alters and contorts subtly. Homage to the Finnish legends in no way compromises the unique sound achieved by Gutvoid, one that can quickly turn a whimsical scenic view into a ruminating thousand-yard-stare.



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ffs
January 1st 2023


5835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lack of votes on this one got me posting

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 1st 2023


23930 Comments


found this band through that 4 way split with blood spore

good shit

el_newg
January 2nd 2023


1822 Comments


love how you use words ffs

ShadowRemains
January 3rd 2023


26892 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking hell yeah

evilford
January 3rd 2023


60049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh shit

evilford
January 3rd 2023


60049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Literally been waiting for this

Coast
January 3rd 2023


1605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, great album.

FreakMachine
January 3rd 2023


1501 Comments


Those leads are haunting as hell. Might have missed this if not for the review, so props for it.

necropig
January 6th 2023


6787 Comments


Art is ownin

ffs
January 6th 2023


5835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

forgot to say the solo in the one who dwells beyond time is rad

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2023


18303 Comments


you're a legend

evilford
January 12th 2023


60049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I should listen 2 dis

combustion07
January 12th 2023


12781 Comments


Pretty solid album

evilford
January 12th 2023


60049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If it's anything like their demo it's gonna slay for weeks

evilford
January 15th 2023


60049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Unsurprisingly, this slaps balls

evilford
January 22nd 2023


60049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The bois did not disappoint with this one

evilford
February 10th 2023


60049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So good

ffs
February 26th 2023


5835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oJuWaurVuA



only just found this track, guess its a single? these lads are so good



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