Deathbound Records are now home to Canada’s Post Metal experimentalist’s Goetia and Le Vide, the bands 4th album, is their first to be released under the Deathbound moniker.
Post Metal can all too easily divide opinion; its penchant for endlessly repetitive riffs, lack of any familiar song structure and diversions through ostentatious ambient interludes proving a difficult sell to Metal purists. Goetia needn’t worry though, on Le Vide song structure does indeed take a backseat as the band travel through passages of evocative dystopian soundscapes intertwined with exquisite atmospherics but their screams of anger and sludgy riffs will undoubtedly appeal to any hardened Metal fan.
“Graves” keeps things short and considered, an ambient instrumental which builds in intensity and offers brief respite from the albums 4 remaining tracks of which “Heliotrope” is the epically crushing highlight. Best absorbed whole, Le Vide’s ample charms reveal themselves slowly and discreetly, its myriad of trance-inducing riffs taking time to fully sink into your conscious. Rest assured, patience will be rewarded and Le Vide is an album that grows in stature with each listen.
Many moments of dark serenity and hypnotic beauty lift Le Vide out of the Post-Metal quagmire and while a strong stomach for repetition and extended jams is required, fans of Neurosis, Cult Of Luna and Isis will undoubtedly embrace Le Vide with arms as open as their minds. 7/10