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Body Void – Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth Award winner

Body Void
Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth
by Justin "Witty City" Wittenmeier at 26 April 2021, 10:28 PM

BODY VOID is an extreme doom band from  Vermont. It is a one-person project that formed in 2014 under the name of DEVOIDBODY VOID are one of the best discoveries I've made in the last year so I was stoked to get the opportunity to review their third full length album "Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth." Their lyrics tackle issues ranging from gender identity to white supremacy. This album seems to focus a lot on the destruction of our planet and the ignorance of the humanity that causes it.  These are powerful topics but their music is equally powerful. It is also dark as hell, because speaking from the heart on these subjects cannot be anything but the audio version of despair and destruction.

As I previously stated, the band is doom but they also throw in plenty of other elements such as punk, thrash and black metal. As a whole the music is slow and abrasive (as doom should be) but they just aren’t afraid to mix it up here and there. The bass on this album is basically a living entity and a void unto itself.  Listening to this album on head phones was like being transported to an anguished world and the bass just ripping me apart as  I try to survive it all.

The opening track "Wound" reveals the sludgy, gravel scrapping tone of the guitars and the vocals which are blackened in mature and sound painful at time. What more do you want from this? How about a  glacial slow temple? Demanding drums that trade speed for intensity? Yes to all that? Good because this song has all that. "Forest Fire" is both ominous and dangerous with vocals dipped in venom. I love how huge the riffs are and the extremity of the vocals that accompany them. The bass around the 7 minute mark is earthquake inducing and threatens to crack open craniums. Toward the end, the thrash influences comes alive: speeding drums that push along side this huge wall of sound.

"Fawn," moves more directly especially in the guitar riffs but it's also muddy as hell in the best ways.  This song is a slow dirge and perhaps the best song on the album. This is one of those songs that every doom fan needs to hear this year. If the drumming doesn't impress you then surely the deep thick bass will.

The final track is "Pale Man" and has such an ominous yet futile feel to it.  Noises and even feedback are incorporated here and they work well with the guitar that isn't flashy.  This track really displays how adaptive doom can be but also the song writing skills. With, “Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth” BODY VOID have put out a must hear doom metal album for the modern age.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Wound
2. Laying Down In A Forest Fire
3. Fawn
4. Pale Man
Willow Raynn - Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Record Label: Prosthetic Records


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Edited 31 March 2023

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