Review: Journey Into Darkness “Multitudes of Emptiness”

Review: Journey Into Darkness “Multitudes of Emptiness”

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After 25 years of silence the native of Florida Brett Clarin has decided to renew his solo project Journey into Darkness, but this time he looked back to his metal roots; after all once he had played in a death metal band Sorrow. Brett all his life was fond of extreme music (he did the mastering for many bands and owned a music label None of the Above in the 90s), as well as experimented with more electronic music. So this comeback album “Multitude of Emptiness” combined his love for both metal and electronica.

This album is remarkable for the multi-layer pattern, half symphonic black/death metal compositions and half the synthetic dark ambient interludes. Only the last song “Multitude of Emptiness” is a combination of both these genres, and it is the most original and harmonious song. Unclean sound is notable on the metal compositions, probably such was an idea to make album rawer, and by the way, all the instruments were recorded virtually for extreme flexibility in the music and the sound. For first synthetic album “Life Is a Near Death Experience” it was more than acceptable, but now it had given some peculiar strangeness to overall sounding, making it even more experimental.

The album starts with a monotonous and grim interlude “Into Nothingness”, “Desolation” is influenced by neo-classical with polyphonic sound, but “Intergalactic Space” is the most electronic song on this album. The metal material varies between black and death metal, but the main part belongs to symphonic black, atmospheric and epic. Brett sings very clearly with his classical screaming (but on “Sending Death” there can be heard growling as well). The guitar riffs are based on symphonic structure; they are catchy and precise and generally create a solemn ambiance. The most mischievous song “Sending Death” is closer to death metal, but “The Insignificance Of” is the most epic one with several mood-changing passages. “Programmed to Die” is influenced by space and psychedelic music, and bizarre guitar solos throughout the heaviest songs also add some extra psychedelic sharpness. The last instrumental song “Multitude of Emptiness” is the most mysterious and experimental track on this record, when the synth ambient is brilliantly entwined with atmospheric black metal, and that’s a perfect ending for this mystical and unusual musical experience.

Miraculously “Multitude of Emptiness” proved how the definition of musical genres set the listeners into the boundaries, because all kind of music can be mixed up, if it is done well and sincerely. Journey into Darkness has achieved it in a harmony. The album sounds pertinent and flawless, even if it evokes insane and chaotically cosmic emotions (like the cover art) and lyrically emphasizes the weaknesses of humanity, the competently built compositions and the fresh ideas can’t entirely allow descending into this psychic dark voyage of the music.

Release date: July 28th, 2020

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