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There is something to be said about a band that can take the most depressive music and turn it into something truly incredible. While dealing with epic darkness, tragedy, and self-loathing in on latest record The Liquid Sky, Deadspace have captured the essence of a soul staring into the abyss, no longer sure if it wants to continue with this mortal life. They’ve shown how far they’ve come honing their craft and art.
After your first listen to The Liquid Sky you will be hooked. This is ambient, atmospheric black metal at its finest. Full of bleak soundscapes, hopeless, depressive themes and soaring vocal melodies. Perth continues to be a breeding ground for incredible music and Deadspace are no exception.
From the opening track you are taken on a journey through some melancholy soundscapes. Even the most elitist of black metal fans will love this, as will casual listeners. Heaps of riffs, double kicks and blast beats are punctuated by vocalist Chris Gebaur’s shrieks and guttural roars, complimented by an outstanding acoustic track in the middle of the album.
“From the first listen of Deadspace’s new album ‘The Liquid Sky’ you will be hooked. This is ambient, atmospheric black metal at its finest, full of bleak soundscapes, hopeless, depressive themes and soaring vocal melodies. Perth continues to be a breeding ground for incredible music and Deadspace are no exception”
We begin with haunting instrumental number The Aching, which then launches straight into Void, touching on feelings of helplessness and emptiness. From there you hear of tales of self loathing, addiction and futile attempts to save oneself as you move through the album. One of the absolute stand out tracks on the album is Kidney Bleach. This stripped back acoustic and electric guitar number, featuring some beautifully raw vocals, really hits home with lyrics candidly discussing the real effects of the struggle of depression.
But as you delve deeper into the record, you are far from depressed as you embrace these dark tales that Deadspace weave, which come to a final, dramatic conclusion with The Liquid Sky. For any fan of atmospheric black metal, post-metal, and in general, bands that know their stuff when it comes to drawing out real emotion with their music, then Deadspace’s The Liquid Sky is certainly for you.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Kidney Bleach, Comatose, Below The Human Scumline
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