Vacuity
Somewhere Between Black Clouds and Turmoil
(2018)
Turn this to 6.9 of 11
Genre:
Progressive metal
Sounds Like:
Tesseract, Symphony X
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Immerse yourself in the nautical landscapes of Bourdeaux France’s Vacuity. Somewhere Between Black Clouds and Turmoil is the band’s debut album featuring a plethora of anthemic progressive metal. Jez and Dumartin are impressive with the clarity of their fretwork and diverse chops. The album features a significant amount of highs and lows battling speed with slowed down beauty. Lead singer Julien Pix also throws the kitchen sink at us with soft vocals and rabid fury. With almost to many angles of vocal sound, we found ourselves having a difficult time wrapping our arms around the central sound of Vacuity

Track Listing:
1. Horizon (4:58)
2. Overcast (4:18)
3. Shipwrecked (5:52)
4. Explorer (4:28)
5. Calcinate (1:15)
6. Ego (5:27)
7. Fortress (5:03)
8. The Landing (5:44)

Standout Track:
Love the offbeat tempos and unique sound of "Explorer". While Pix reaches for a lot on this track, there is some sense of containment. We really enjoy the melodies and unconventional style on this track. "Explorer" shines to an impressive level.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Le Montreuilloise, smoked porter at 6% ABV. Making a local product is great, but brewing a truly responsible beer is even better. From the Nature & Progres label, brewer Jerome Martinez has stuck closely to the company’s agro-ecological charter, which is one of the most respected in France. A succulent Smoked Porter with a boatload of tones and notes of smoked meat and a lightly acidic, smoky but well-balanced finish. A compliment to Vacuity’s diverse sound.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
4.7 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
6.9 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
7.8 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.2 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
7.2 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
6.4 out of 11

Contrast
7.2 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics 
8.1 out of 11

Production Value
7.2 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
We are impressed with Vacuity’s ambition on this debut project. ‘Somewhere Between Black Clouds and Turmoil’ is chock full of sound, almost too much. Hopefully the band will take away a few recommendations here and relax a bit more with their landscapes. Pix’s vocals are tough to absorb in one sitting, but you will gleam several moments of promise throughout.

Vacuity is: 
Bastien Jez : Guitar 
Mathieu Dumartin : Guitar and Bass 
Julien Pix : Vocals

Follow Vacuity: Bandcamp / Facebook
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