Having released their previous album Excalibur back in the distant pre-covid times of 2018, UK trad doom metallers Iron Void have finally returned with their fourth album, the aptly titled IV. In a new twist for the group, they had to come up with their ideas remotely…. and it remains to be seen if this is a positive or not.
Starting off the album with a short instrumental, “Call Of The Void”, gives the listener a good idea of what to expect – namely Tony Iommi inspired, reverb-drenched riffs with a crystal clear modern production. So far, so classic doom metal. “Grave Dance” then kicks off with a rolling fat riff which has more than just a hint of In The Arms of God-era Corrosion of Conformity to it (always a good thing!) while “Living On The Earth” continues IV‘s winning streak and is another fine slice of melodic, catchy, old-school doom.
Unfortunately, from that point on things become just a bit too ‘samey’ and formulaic. Aside from “She” – which completely changes pace and, in an interesting turn, features vocal melodies strongly influenced by the NWOBHM and the mighty Angel Witch – we’re sad to say that the following tracks don’t come anywhere near it for quality. “Lords Of The Wasteland” may be a humdinger of a title for a doom track, but the song just doesn’t live up to the expectation of the title.
With IV, Iron Void have shown that they are continually capable of writing strong, hook-filled songs…. it’s just a pity that they haven’t been able to keep that standard up over the course of the album. Ultimately, IV has its moments but doesn’t match the glories of Iron Void‘s past – particularly 2018’s aforementioned Excalibur and 2015’s Doomsday, which were both damn fine albums.
As we’ve already mentioned, there are a number of good songs to be found here so it’s not all doom (pun intended) and gloom. IV is worth giving a go then, but whether there’s enough here to keep you coming back time and again is another matter entirely. 6/10
Iron Void‘s IV is due for release on January 27th, 2023 via Shadow Kingdom Records