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#1 on Doom Charts August 2018 #2 for 2018
"Forming the Void absolutely dominated the charts this month with 18 votes on 29 lists, many high on the individual rankings. Moving up from the #9 spot last month prior to the album release, its clear the fans and critics hear something special, and seeing them live in Vegas plus meeting and hanging out with the dudes its clear they are on the right path."
doomcharts.com/2018/09/01/doom-charts-august-2018/

"Lousiana's Forming the Void is one of stoner metal's best-kept secrets. Last year's Relic was a potent blend of sludge, stoner and prog, accentuated by phenomenal songwriting and damn-near radio-friendly tunes that put most radio rock to shame." - Aaron (Metal Injection) www.metalinjection.net/av/full-album-stream/forming-the-void-channel-the-classics-on-new-album-rift

"Forming The Void are set to crush all-comers with this follow-up to their much-lauded third album Relic. Immense, imperious and armed with megaton riffs, Rift is an admirable sequel to the genre expansions of Relic and a major step forward in terms of production. There's nothing quite as odd as their sludgy cover of Kashmir this time round, but in Extinction Event, Ark Debris and glacial 10-minute closer Shrine and the rest they've created an album that ranges from shamanic atmospherics to vast, tectonic bruisers, all the while twisting the archetypal
stoner sound to their own nefarious ends."-Essi Berelian (Classic Rock Magazine)

"Rift is a different album to Relic. It may have similar sounds and ideas. However Rift takes you on a more personal and spiritual journey. The production on Rift is simply first rate. With the album sounding fresh and super heavy from the start.Relic made me a fan of Forming The Void's music. However Rift has made Forming The Void become one of my favourite bands. Rift will be considered as one of the best albums of the year. Simply unmissable." - Steve Howe (Outlaws of the Sun)
outlawsofthesun.blogspot.com/2018/07/forming-void-rift-album-review.html

"Mountain-like riffs are propelled by the rhythm section – unstoppable bastards with searing solos that get the neck muscles working overtime. Cleanish vocals drenched in reverb float to the front of everything which ties in nicely with the psychedelic passages that weave in and out of the sonic prayers being offered here." -Tony Maim (Stoner HiVe)
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"You like riffs? You like soaring melody? You like a bit of space-talk with your riffs and melody? You like albums with a mammoth flying out of a volcano on the cover? Then you’ve come to the right place: step right up and witness Rift."- Matt Butler (Echoes and Dust) www.echoesanddust.com/2018/08/forming-the-void-rift/

"I’m sorry, but any record that starts with a song called “Extinction Event” is telegraphing its heaviness. And sure enough, Rift is the most weighted offering yet in the relatively brief but prolific tenure of Louisiana four-piece Forming the Void." - JJ Koczan (The Obelisk) theobelisk.net/obelisk/2018/07/27/forming-the-void-rift-review-premiere/

"Turns out that there’s room for a little bit more worship of The Good Riff after all. Of course, by “a little bit more,” I really mean “packed full” of The Good Riff, as Rift takes no shortcuts in terms of hooking the listener with them." -Grymm (Angry Metal Guy) www.angrymetalguy.com/forming-the-void-rift-review/

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released August 17, 2018

Recorded by Chris Munson
Mixed and Mastered by James Plotkin
Album Artwork by Adam Burke

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“Louisiana’s Forming the Void is one of stoner metal’s best-kept secrets […]Any self-respecting fan of stoner, sludge prog, or hell, even grunge, owes it to themselves to give this album a spin. ”
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Track Name: Extinction Event
Lost in the mire
Fought from the cold
A message in the fire
One lies beyond
A serpents vision in a spire
A thousand winters before my eyes
There's a pillar in the light
It's in the air
The serpent must feed
All return
As he awaits the endless rebirth
Following the pyre
Spoke to this world
A rushing river
Back from below
A serpents vision in a spire
A thousand winters before my eyes
There's a pillar in the light
It's everywhere
The serpent must feed
All return
As he awaits the endless rebirth
Ascension belief
Ouroboros back to the gates
Pyre of the sun
Track Name: On We Sail
Found a passage in the tide
Crossing the world
When a spiral sucked you down
Took you below
There's a portal in the sea
Sending you outward
Vanish to the netherworld
Further you go
Iron grip as we leave this earth
On we sail until the ending comes
Cosmic rift I'm gone with the earth
On we sail into a vast unknown
Found a message in the light
Caught by the sun
When a vision stole your mind
One to behold
There's an image of the eye
Bringing you closer
Vanish to the other world
Further you go
Iron grip as we leave this earth
On we sail until the ending comes
Cosmic rift I'm gone with the earth
On we sail into a vast unknown
Sent below permanent free fall
Sent below celestial free fall
Iron grip as we leave this earth
On we sail until the ending comes
Cosmic rift I'm gone with the earth
On we sail into a vast unknown
Track Name: Arcane Mystic
Arcane Mystic Take me to the fire below
We can eat the ashes burn with the dust
I have sailed on through the sky
I have sailed oceans of time
I have searched for the light
I have sailed all of my life
Arcane Mystic Take me to the fire below
We can eat the ashes burn with the dust
Ancient tales speak of the one
He who dwells in the beyond
Casting the spell summoning light
I have searched all of my life
I have sailed through the divide
I have sailed celestial tides
I have searched for the light
I have sailed all of my life
Track Name: Transient
Steeped in glorious light
Colossal figures space and time
Transient on we rust
Soon the world returns to dust
I awoke in a strange land
Beasts wild they rome
Insane the tribes of men
Greet most with stone
Given sight we arrive
Steeped in a glory of light
Colossal figures space and time
Transient on we rust
Soon the world returns to dust
We chase the endless sky
For every ghost
Though I can't find a trace
Some distant home
From the sky we're alive
Steeped in glorious light
Colossal figures space and time
Transient on we rust
Soon the world returns to dust
Track Name: Arrival
Cosmic immortal
Built of the dust
Journey back to
Where it began
Back to the starlight
The elephant will run
A stone in flight
Moving onward
Astral journey
Earth skin we shed
We are star sent
We are endless
Back to the starlight
The elephant will run
A stone in flight
Moving onward
Track Name: Ark Debris
Weave the dust and debris
In fire trust and believe
Empires run into the sea
Just to go back to sleep
Now the sun sets in the east
Now it's done the hoard is released
To the rust time will recede
Daylight must give way to the eve
Wander the woods seeking the key
Just to go back to sleep
Track Name: Shrine
Light falls a tunnel emits
Time lost regained in a haze
Run into the void
Fall back to the earth
Be reborn
Shrines bought an earthly tomb
Carbon rots comes back anew
Run into the void
Fall back to the earth
Be reborn
Wheel holding me captive
Confined to rebirth
The flat circle spins
A million times over
An infinite madness
Before we return
We bury the ashes
We've been here before
Run into the void
Fall back to the earth
Be reborn
Wheel holding me captive
Confined to rebirth
The flat circle spins
A million times over

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