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Also available on other digital outlets through Black Bow Records.
#6 on Doom Charts for February 2017
"Forming The Void have taken things to the next level with their new album “Relic” filling every nook and cranny of its eight songs with a dark, and at times mouth dropping. array of deliciously dank lysergic groove all furnished in swathes of slow, low distorted guitar riffage, brutal thrumming bass and earthshaking percussion. Over this humongous tsunami of raw progressive tinted stoner metal are floated powerful cryptic and mystical lyrics sang with strength and passion, slightly monotone but clean and delivered with a power to match the tumultuous heavy grooves surrounding them. All this and an absolutely barnstorming version of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”, what more could a discerning stoner doom fan possibly ask for…
~ Frazer Jones (Desert Psychlist)"
"Their production is steadily geared toward maximum largeness, but the band does work effectively within that to enact a scope between the various tracks. Admirable in intent, but more satisfying in the actual sound, and more so on repeat listens." - The Obelisk
"This is one of those albums where everything counts, where each word, guitar lick, riff, bass line and drum roll fills an important part. To say Forming The Void has set the bar high is obviously an understatement. Still, there are songs that stand out more than the others, not that the unmentioned are bad. Hell no! Like I said earlier, this is one of this decade's best albums which means there's nothing bad on here. Regardless, one of the most complete songs on 'Relic' is 'The Witch'. This composition contains pieces, moods and references to the entire album and to let it end this amazing wax is a stroke of genius. Tying all that this album is into one composition and put in the end gives the perfect closure, if you ask me." - Håkan Nyman, (Outlaws of the Sun)
"No matter your level of tolerance for slow, naturalist metal, your attention is locked down by Forming The Void. Sure, it takes seven minutes for a conventional pop song like album opener “After Earth” to run its course at a magmatic (not glacial) pace, it’s the best pop song you’ve heard in weeks — and the least awesome among seven others, including a daring, triumphant recasting of just the most iconic song ever. Crank it up!" Anso DF (Metalsucks)
"sounds more like Sleep mixed with Torche, filtered through some pre-mainstream Mastodon" - Gruesome Greg (Hellbound.ca
"good fuzzed-out stoner doom with those soaring vocals that are starting to permeate the genre. Its psychedelic nature is constantly present but not overbearing.."
-Joaquin Stick (Toilet Ov Hell)
" The vocals are definitely reminiscent of The Sword (and, therefore, of Sabbath). Unlike The Sword, however, the riffage here doesn’t feel retro. With a smoother distortion sound and growled vocals the exact same song would be a groovy death metal number. “Bialozar” seems to rock harder than the songs on their previous effort, Skyward, and I find that to be an improvement. I like my stoner rock to be on the heavier side. Speaking of heavy, a bialozar, as it turns out, is a giant bird in Polish mythology. That’s pretty rad, and I like seeing stoner lyrics that aren’t about Vikings or Chutlu every once in a while. Honestly, my biggest complaint is that I don’t think the bass guitar is quite loud enough, and that’s pretty minor. It’s only one song, but I like it. B+" - Alex Makuch (Indy Metal Vault)
"Imagine a band formed by John Dyer Baizley, Scott Kelly and Troy Sanders. They might sound like the last album Forming The Void. However, it is still considerable simplification. On the "Relic" densely is not only the atmosphere, but also a different kind of inspiration. For example, solówkowa guitar in the opening puck Afterearth 'like what we hear on the penultimate album Paradise Lost. Probably everyone will find at the "Relic" slightly different paths and inspiration. I find it a little assertiveness known from previous albums Mastodon, Neurosis weight and vocals inspired by the Baroness. What you will find there may be something completely different." - Michael (Metalurgia)
"When Lafayette, Louisiana architects of groove Forming The Void released their debut album "Skyward" in 2015 it was wondered if the band may have raised the bar too high, such was the magnitude of their heavy sludged slightly prog-ish , stoner doom refrains it was hard to see how they could possibly follow up something so intense and powerfull! Thankfully these reservations have proven to be unfounded as just one listen to the bands brand new album "Relic" (Argonauta Records) will bear witness. Forming The Void have taken things to the next level with their new album “Relic” filling every nook and cranny of its eight songs with a dark, and at times mouth dropping. array of deliciously dank lysergic groove all furnished in swathes of slow, low distorted guitar riffage, brutal thrumming bass and earthshaking percussion. Over this humungous tsunami of raw progressive tinted stoner metal are floated powerful cryptic and mystical lyrics sang with strength and passion, slightly monotone but clean, and delivered with a power to match the tumultuous heavy grooves surrounding them. Songs like "Bialozar", "Plumes" and title track "Relic" are filled with swathes upon swathes of swirling atmospheric texture and colouring these elements combing with the heavy metallic grooves and lyrical content to take listeners on heady psychedelic tours through smoke filled landscapes populated by mystical creatures spreading leathery wings over towering stone mountains All this and an absolutely barnstorming version of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”, what more could a discerning stoner doom fan possibly ask for." - Frazer Jones (Desert Psychlist)