Band: VOIDS OF VOMIT
Title: Ritval Expiation
Label: Everlasting Spew Records
Style: Death Metal
Initially released on Unholy Domain Records as tape last year, this new EP from Italian Voids of Vomit is no out on Everlasting Spew as CD and 7" vinyl, and features 2 new tracks and 4 bonus ones, the tracks featured on the band's 2008 split with Morbid Upheaval, including the cover version of Asphyx' Rite of Shades. The music is damn sinister, oppressive, groovy and to a certain degree catchy as well, and compared to the old tracks the new ones have a clearer, more massive sound, and benefit from the excellent addition of subtle atmospheric keys in the background that emphasize the sinister side of VoV's music. The guitar work is a bit more intricate, beside the groovier constructions I'd say they also add a certain Brutal Death influence to spice things up. The vocalist and drummer are the same as 9 years ago, but still it's clear they improved as well, the vocals are more comprehensive and blunt, and the drums part is the backbone of the band's music, a serious push ahead. All in all it's a damn good EP, the two new tracks prove Voids of Vomit are serious about this, so it remains to see what's next for the band.
Reviewed by Adrian