I’m not a huge i-Tunes person. I always liked to buy vinyls and CDs because you get a cover and usually at least a little bit of background information about the band and their product. On the other hand, I must admit that I got used to using my i-Pod in the car while I’m driving, strictly because it’s more practical. My current playlist consist of over 80% of Witchcraft songs, a band I recently discovered for myself. Anyway, I felt it was time to add a little bit more variety, so I went on i-Tunes and by sheer accident came across Golden Void and their debut album with the exact same name. It took me less than a minute to realize that I stumbled upon something exceptionally rare and great; therefore, I ordered the record instantaneously.
The wait killed me. While in actuality it took only a couple of days between when I placed the order (via amazon) and when the mailman finally showed up in my driveway, it felt like years had gone by. I literally snatched the package out of his hands, wished him a Happy Holiday, hopped in the car, put the CD in the player and……..
Well, I’ve been listening to the whole album for three days now and I’m still in awe. The first time I heard “Shady Grove” I knew that this one will always have a special place in my collection. To be very clear here, I am not a big fan of categorizing bands and consequently it doesn’t make too much sense making comparisons to other artists. But as I stated in my video review, to me, Golden Void is a fusion of multiple elements, melted into something unique. And while I hear certain potential influences such as King Crimson, early Black Sabbath, early Hendrix and Deep Purple, if would be foolish to say: Golden Void just sounds like xyz. They definitely managed to create their own, highly authentic sound that deserves to be recognized as Golden Void and nothing else.
As a guitar player, logically the focus of when listening to a new album is on the guitarist and his work. Well, Isaiah Mitchell is doing an outstanding job. His ‘craftsmanship’ his omnipresent throughout the whole album, yet, he’s not on an ego trip. I certainly have nothing extended guitar solos, but everything has its place. And the magic of Golden Void, to me, is the fact that all four band members, despite their own individual strong presence, managed to come together as a powerful unit. All four of them are irreplaceable, in a sense that if you were to take anyone out of the equation, I am convinced that they wouldn’t have been able to create this masterpiece. Aaron Morgan’s bass playing brings everything together and serves perfectly as the rock solid foundation a band needs to “bring a song home”. Justin Pinkerton reminds me of Bill Ward’s playing (he may or may not agree with me), because it’s so out of the ordinary, percussive, jazzy yet absolutely spot on. Camilla Saufley-Mitchell’s earthyhammondadds both, this massive wall of sound as well as some rather subtle, delicate accents with impeccable feel for timing.
Golden Void – Golden Void is an emotional, at times even angry album. However, it’s intelligently balanced, so when just got all riled up after listing in to one song, another one will bring you down again. It’s a bit like a roller-coaster ride, so many different facets, full of surprises and unanticipated turns. As I alluded to before, I am not sure if the band members would actually agree with me on any of what I just said. This is obviously all my personal perception only, but I hope I was able to somewhat adequately present and summarize the magic of Golden Void. If you’re into straight-forward, honest and authentic Rock ‘n’ Roll, then you absolutely must buy this album, otherwise it’s an injustice to yourself. You have my word, you’ll like it.