Today, Osmose Productions sets September 28th as the international release date for Empty's highly anticipated fifth album, Vacio, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
Four years passed by when Spain's Empty offered their previous superb album Etica Profana Negativa. In this occasion, we have their fifth full-length work. Here, we can find an Empty in a phenomenal creative moment of evolution, since Empty has brought their proposal a step beyond. It´s hard to mention any other band from the world scene with this vision and attitude when making music. Black metal? Sure, with this label the album could be defined, but it would not be the most suitable way…
Vacío is an overwhelming and desolating mixture of emotions and sensations. It´s inspired by the book La Lluvia Amarilla ("The Yellow Rain") by Julio Llamazares. This album shows a long, bitter, and fateful journey to oblivion and nothingness. Its own title reflects the nature of the message: the memory of Death, which from an ominous shadow, it became a tangible and palpable presence; the blind acceptance of the fate that removes our trace and dilutes our existence in time.
Vacío transforms all this pile of sentiments into 46 minutes of music through seven tracks. A soprano contributed to some passages in the album. Also MR.J.M. from Ataraxy collaborated with keyboards. The band dares to play a cover version of Arcana, and so they are once more pioneers in exploring the darkest corridors of the human psyche.
The atmosphere surrounding this album takes to a terribly dark mental state - pessimist but at the same time brutally realistic. The band is away from the topics and stereotypes of black metal, and offer an amazing sample of honesty and realism. This is one of those cases that words can´t describe what one feels in some circumstances; however, the music draws a scenario that performs the message and the feel perfectly. The amazing and singular artwork helps one to understand the context of this album, where pictures and texts complement this new work of Empty.
Without any doubt, we are before "The Swangsong of the Black Swan” of the band, recommended for people with judgment and people who look for something more than fun and banality in music.
In the meantime, see & hear the new video for "The Yellow Rain" HERE at Osmose's official YouTube channel.