Predatory Void – Seven Keys to the Discomfort of Being Review

Sometimes the most enthusiastic and passionate existencialist wouldn’t be able to express in the so few words of the tittle of an album the feeling we poor earthlings feel here in this sad and lonely and pathetic little planet. Nor use music as an expression of the void and emptyness life on this planet means to all of us. The tittle of this new Predatory Void album so tenderly called “Seven Keys to the Discomfort of Being” says a lot about it. The music in the album does the same indeed. It’s the expression of all the despair, hate, lonelyness, and the overwhelming emptiness and nothingness most of us feel. And, why not, the gory reality that envolve us all. The songs in the album vary accordingly to the emotion and feelings Predatory Void wish to pass my dear child of the night. So, there are lots of variations as the band decided to cover all the emotions possible to a human being. Take grand finale “Funerary Vision” for granted with all its vocal variations from the most desperate growls to the unique and sweet angelic voices. All this in only one song of more than nine minutes.

When facing an album as “Seven Keys to the Discomfort of Being” with all the features I showed here, I tend to say it’s out of the box. After hearing lots of albums with the same prone to variation of moments, I usually say that they are out of the box, however, on second thought, I’m prone to say that now they are the standard. I lost track of how many albums with this hodgepodge of moments and atmospheres that I guess they are the standard now. Album opener “Grovel” shows a fierce Black Metal band showing their teeth in order to express the disgust for modern life. The track is fast, furious. Then, following track “*(struggling..)” starts to showcase the moves a Predatory Void album must have. And there are too many. It’s like they are totally different tracks from different bands. That’s the impression my dear child of the night may get. “*(struggling..)” is the track that gives the tone of “Seven Keys to the Discomfort of Being” for sure. It’s fair to say that my fan can forget what happened with “Grovel” and embrace a track like “Endless Return to the Kingdom of Sleep” with all its movements to give the fan the idea of someone who’s been sleeping for a long time and, then, has to wake up. My fan must understand this not only physically, but metaphorically as well. Remember, the album is dedicated to an existencialist.

Predatory Void “Seven Keys to the Discomfort of Being” was released on April 21st via Century Media.

Track Listing:

  1. Grovel

  2. *(struggling..)

  3. Endless Return to the Kingdom of Sleep

  4. Seeds of Frustration

  5. The Well Within

  6. Shedding Weathered Skin

  7. Funerary Vision

Watch “*(struggling..)” official music video here: