Journey Into Darkness is the solo project of ex-guitarist Brett Clarin from the death metal band Sorrow ( Roadrunner , 1991-1993). The music is a unique style of symphonic black death metal with occasional interludes of dark synth . The music focuses on dark and sinister melodies all while maintaining heaviness and intensity.
" a solitary pursuit rooted in the symphonic worlds of Dimmu Borgir, Emperor and Cradle of Filth, sci-fi soundtracks and dungeon synth " - Decibel Magazine Feb 2021
"The album is great from start to finish and is essential for those looking for something a little different and unique in front of an endless sea of generic bands. However, keep an open mind, as this is a complex album that demands your attention and is not for those who are simply looking for something to play without attracting background attention.." - B roken Tomb Magazine
"The album sounds pertinent and flawless, even if it evokes insane and chaotically cosmic emotions (like the cover art) and lyrically emphasizes the weaknesses of humanity, the competently built compositions and the fresh ideas can’t entirely allow descending into this psychic dark voyage of the music." - Antichrist Magazine
"In my opinion Journey Into Darkness are a very great sounding symphonic mixture of black, doom and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. ." - A Different Shade of Black Metal Zine
"While the synthie tracks build up tension like an approaching thundersturm, the Black Metal songs burst down like when lightning strikes....The new work by Journey into Darkness is definitely more than just a Black Metal release. With the symphonic arrangements "Multitudes of Emptiness" contains an artistic merit." - MangoWave
The new release “Multitudes of Emptiness” has eight tracks that will leave the listener floating in the vast emptiness of space and existence where nothingness prevails. Four songs are a unique style of symphonic black death metal and three tracks are dark interludes. The final song is a hybrid of the old synth style and the new heavy guitar style, an emotional instrumental that blends heavy doomy guitars with synths and orchestral parts. The lyrics are well thought out and will help draw the listener into the intensity and emotion of the music.
After the Roadrunner death metal purge in the mid 1990s my band, Sorrow, called it quits. Inspired by the intros and interludes on extreme metal albums, I started Journey Into Darkness in the mid 90s as an all synth solo project. After releasing just one album “Life Is a Near Death Experience” the project was put on hold for quite some time. Resurrected in 2018 guitars and vocals were added to give new dimension and depth to the music.
The result is a sound like no other. In keeping with the motivation that gave birth to Journey Into Darkness, all instruments on “Multitudes of Emptiness” are virtual. This allows for extreme flexibility in the sound and the music.
" I have been involved with the death and black metal scene since its inception. Between 1987-1993 I played guitar in the death metal band Sorrow (formerly Apparition) that released two records on Roadrunner. I went on to own a CD/record store and record label (None of the Above) during the 90s. Twenty years have passed, but my passion for extreme music never waned. "
"Only $3 for album download, use code "MDR" on Bandcamp"
Multitudes of Emptiness is also available on compact disc via Bandcamp, limited copies left!
Journey Into Darkness - Brett
“Multitudes of Emptiness” – scheduled release 7/28/2020
1. Into Nothingness (Intro) - 1:29
2. To Be Human Is To Be Inhuman - 4:20
3. Programmed to Die - 4:03
4. Desolation (Interlude) - 2:24
5. The Insignificance Of - 4:03
6. Sending Death – 4:04
7. Intergalactic Space (Interlude) – 2:50
8. Multitudes of Emptiness (Instrumental) – 4:45
All music, lyrics, programming, mixing and mastering by Brett Clarin
Session vocals by Jei Doublerice
Cover art by Johny Prayogi
Logo by Christophe Szpajdel