Tuesday 21 February 2023


Some of you may remember reading Desert Psychlist's short blurb on the Doom Charts for a self titled album from a New York band going by the name of Ultra Void back in 2021, well a lot has happened since we wrote that blurb, the most significant being Ultra Void's transition from being a band to becoming a one man project. Ultra Void are now, to all intents and purposes, a solo vehicle, a vehicle multi-instrumentalist, and remaining member, Jihef Garnero is free to steer in whatever direction he feels best suit his musical visions... and judging by Ultra Void's new album "Mother of Doom" we are in for quite a ride.

Opening/title track "Mother Of Doom" begins life as you would expect a song with such a title to begin, thick reverberating riffs, pounding percussion, swirling guitar textures and low growling bass are all present in the songs initial stages, the only thing a little different at this point being the inclusion of some orgasmic moaning. Things start to take a turn for the off -kilter at about a quarter of the way in when  Garnero's semi-guttural vocals join the fray and the songs takes on an almost drone-like industrial groove, still very doomic in feel but a doom well outside the remit of epic, traditional or any other dooms you might care to mention. "Sic Mundus Creatus Est" follows and again we find ourselves in doom country but with that doom tinted with bluesy brushstrokes and vocal tones alternating between harsh, guttural and clean, the real genius though is the brief, but oh so effective, insertion of a piano which will leave those brought up listening to pianist Mike Garson's contributions to Bowie's "Aladdin Sane" drooling. "Måntår" sees Garnero donning his headband and kaftan and heading off into the land of purple trees and multi-coloured sunsets, yes folks we are talking heavy psych here, a place where guitar solo's go on for ever and the grooves lift you three foot off the ground. "Squares & Circles" brings us back down to earth with what is essentially Ultra Void's version of a stoner rock boogie, fuzz drenched and crunchy guitar tones, thick bottom end and tight percussion supporting a grizzled vocal you can't help but sing along with. Final number "Special K" finds Ultra Void/Garnero signing off  with an old school flavoured desert rock romp, its furious pace and the tone of its guitars causing speculation that the "K" in the songs title might possibly be a doff of the cap to Kyuss, whether it is or not it is nevertheless a great way to bring things to a close.

Ultra Void's debut album "Ultra Void" was anything but straightforward, it was an album that defied genre classification, its music employed elements of doom, sludge and and other metals but then would confuse matters by throwing into the mix funk, blues and even some shock rock type theatrical colouration, it was a twisted and contorted take on metal that once heard could not be forgotten. Those that invested time and money on "Ultra Void" will be pleased to know that new album "Mother Of Doom" retains much of the essence of that first album except under Garnero's sole stewardship those twists seem much more twisted, those contortions a touch more contorted. 
Check it out .....

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