White Void - Anti (2021)


Led by the extremely busy Lars Are Nedland, White Void is an old-school Psychedelic/Occult Rock outfit that should not be missed. Unleashing their debut “Anti”, the band delivers over 46 minutes of majestically crafted and completely intoxicating music from start to end. If you are a fan of bands like Jess and the Ancient Ones, Purson, Sabbath Assembly, plus can’t get enough of Lars vocals in the latest Borknagar release, this release perfectly combines both.

Oozing grooviness, “Do. Not. Sleep.” opens with release with commanding style and a very warm and fuzzy retro vibe. The ripping guitar leads and crafty drumming nicely bleeds into the darker “There is No Freedom but the End”, as Lars' voice takes an enigmatic tone and the fuzzy synths create a very embracing atmosphere. The mood nicely varies between tracks as “Where You Go, You'll Bring Nothing” takes a more introspective pace and “The Shovel and the Cross” keeps things enigmatic with a hectic pace alongside the catchy guitars and synths.

In terms of old-school classics, “This Apocalypse is For You” delivers the complete retro experience thanks to some incisive guitar/synth passages. Our favorite tracks have to be “All Chains Rust, All Men Die”, and the superbly catchy and dreamy “The Fucking Violence of Love”. Leaving one of the weirdest and quite interesting pieces for last, “The Air was Thick With Smoke” has a certain futuristic edge, giving it a different vibe while still unleashing the band’s signature grooviness.

Overall, “Anti” is one very cohesive and engaging release. Most tracks showcase the undeniable talents of Lars and company, while showing a different side to their musical exploits. We are particularly psyched that we get to listen to a full album of Lars singing, and completely ecstatic that the band’s sound is very rich and diverse, allowing for his vocals to shine from start to finish.

Band: White Void Album: Anti

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Release: March 12th, 2021

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Genre: Psychedelic/Occult Rock

Country: Norway

Rating: 95/100

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