The Holeum
Sublime Emptiness
(2019)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Post metal
Sounds Like:
Cult of Luna, Soar, The Ocean
Monday, December 16, 2019
Intriguing and unusual paintings for album art gets us all the time. That's exactly what lured us into The Holeum’s latest effort Sublime Emptiness. What a beautiful album cover designed by guitarist Luis Albaladejo’s side design project Ninth Circle Design. This had us thinking some sort of atmospheric black metal or doom. We weren't far off as Sublime Emptiness is a tremendous album loaded with atmospheric Post-metal.

The five-piece from Murcia, Spain play a very intense and dramatic style of Post-metal the the same vein as bands like Cult of Luna and The Ocean. Singer Pablo Egido has a very intense vocal range that infuses some angst into the mix. The main draw to this album is the contrast between the heavy arrangements and the softer moments, just check out “Fractal Visions,” what an amazing tune. The brief trippy saxophone is a brilliant turn of events. 

Tracklist:
1. Obsidiana 07:27
2. Geometric Dance 06:36
3. Protoconciousness 06:30 
4. Drake Equation 06:34 
5. Fractal Visions 06:12
6. Metempsicosis 09:24

Standout Track(s)
”Geometric Dance” displays some mindtripping contrast. The psychedelic brass instruments is fucking key to this song. The song has a spiraling doom feel than morphs into some of the most intense Post-metal we have heard this year.

Adult Beverage Pairing
We have to go with Psychomantic Cult Worship from Foreign Objects brewing in New Paltz, NY. This American style hoppy ale has a modest 7.5% ABV and bursts with flavors of citra and Nelson Sauvin hops  with notes of ripe melon, sweet grape must, resinous citrus juice, and lychee syrup. A boatload of flavors that pair well with Sublime Emptiness.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.9 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
8.9 of 11

Captivation and Variety
9.4 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.2 of 11

Rhythmic Pace
9 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
9 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9 of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.2 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.9 of 11

Production Value
9.3 of 11

Final Thoughts
Sublime Emptiness is one of this years finest Post-metal albums. Do not pass on these guys, even if you think they sound similar to the above bands. The Holeum have taken many influences from Post-metal bands and somehow crafted a pretty original sounding album. 

The Holeum are:
Paco Porcel (Bass),
Pablo Egido (Vocals&Drones)
Miguel Fernández (Drums)
Luis Albaladejo (Guitars)
Julián Velasco (Guitars)

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