A Void in Coma: A Primal Obsession With the Cosmos

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A Void in Coma: A Primal Obsession With the Cosmos
Ambience, Depressive Black Metal, Shoegaze
Self-release
July 20th, 2013
Release length: 35:44
Bandcamp

A Void in Coma is a three-piece Ambience and Depressive Black Metal group that hails from Reading, UK. Even though the line-up’s names are available on their official Bandcamp page, this trio has found themselves cloaking the group in a good amount of secrecy. In July of 2013, they issued their first demo, A Primal Obsession With the Cosmos, and it’s been silence ever since. Other than an acknowledged pressing of twenty physical copies handed out at live shows for free, there’s no other real information available for the group and their goings on aside that they believe in collectives, denounce capitalism, and apparently are pro-anarchy. That sort of visceral rage is something one would hope to reflect in their music, especially given the genre they claim to dabble in. But does this demo live up to those anticipations, or is this just another poorly recorded demo that we could easily do without?

A Primal Obsession With the Cosmos pushes past the thirty five minute mark with three songs that have a raw production to them, as if recorded in a small home studio, though thankfully sounds as though it’s not directly through the microphone jack of someone’s computer. It does lead to more of an intimate atmosphere that does help the music, though that ends up the only truly engrossing aspect of the release. The music on all three sounds very distant and incredibly minimalistic, relying more on the haze the effects used manage to create as much as possible. While ly soothing and not too much in the traditional vein of Depressive Black Metal, there are some Shoegaze elements that appear no thanks to the weak singing that works in theory, but comes off more flamboyantly monotone in execution, conflicting greatly with not only the atmosphere being presented, but the general tone of the music itself.

“A Void in Coma” actually sounds more like something you’d expect to hear as the score to a noir film when in a dark, seedy bar in slow motion. The drumming does often create some addicting patterns that can lure you into a trance, and the clean singing jumps in and out of suiting the performance. When there is a little emphasis in the vocals, it works, but when it starts to fade, such as around three minutes in, it sounds amateurish and even laughable. But none of this is as offensive as the random bit of cell phone feedback you get at the five minute and forty-nine seconds mark. The kind you get when you have an incoming call or text when you’re standing right next to a speaker. This is the sort of amateurish oversight that is nothing more than general modern day ignorance. There is no need for anyone’s cell phone to be on while recording, nor does your phone need to be in the studio to begin with. It’s only a two second interruption, but it’s actually louder than the music being performed and impossible to ignore, immediately destroying the hazy atmosphere that was just established and, for someone like me, enough to immediately turn the damn thing off and walk away.

Is there really further any need to go on? Why should I even take the time to review something so rough to sit through when the band themselves can’t even be bothered to turn their cell phones off when recording the thing? Truth be told I could very well end this review here and slap it with the first ever zero due to it, and I doubt any of you would at all fault me for it. But, in respect to fairness, there is more to this demo, though nothing that much better. “Madonna (/Whore Complex)” is ly an instrumental that is good for the first four and a half minutes. After that point you are given boring drums with terrible, out of sync chords that sound as though a two month old guitar student trying something mildly complex for the first time were performing it. And then there’s “Drown”, which does work with the hazy atmosphere by incorporating some Jazz rhythms into the drums, and a catchy bass line that also suits the style, again feeding into that noir film score approach until eventually taking on more of a Drone presence from the lead riffs until an awkward break just past nine minutes that focuses on the louder crashes with some oddly place bass guitar plucking.

Even for a free raw demo, A Primal Obsession With the Cosmos is one of the worst recordings you could hope to avoid but inevitably stumble upon. Terrible complex chords, boring music that carries on for far too long (honestly, if the songs were cut in half, it wouldn’t be so rough to sit through), and god awful vocals that clash more than they ever actually suit the music litter every track, though the first few minutes of “Madonna (/Whore Complex)” is actually quite enjoyable. The only thing going for it, honestly, is that hazy atmosphere and how better suiting to a film noir it is than anything the band considers Depressive Black Metal, but that two seconds of obvious cell phone interference just immediately tears you away from the environment the band tries to create over the course of thirty-five minutes plus and laugh in your face for trying to appreciate what little this release actually has going for it. It’s free, so if you want to give it a spin and see if it’s as bad as I am making it out to be, you can grab it from their official Bandcamp account. If not, you really aren’t missing out on anything.


01. A Void in Coma – 12:20
02. Madonna (/Wjore Complex) – 11:18
03. Drown – 12:06
Initial Pressing Score: 1.5/10

A Void in Coma

Digital review copy of this release provided by A Void in Coma.