Void Grave

Devoured Elysium

DEVOURED ELYSIUM is a Slamming Brutal Death Metal band from Izmir, Turkey. "Void Grave" is […]
By Alex Barnard
April 17, 2022
Devoured Elysium - Void Grave album cover

DEVOURED ELYSIUM is a Slamming Brutal Death Metal band from Izmir, Turkey. "Void Grave" is the group's second full-length album, released by Gore House Productions on February 18, 2022.

This album, like many albums in this style, is very difficult to listen to. There's so much going on riff-wise that eventually it starts to sound like a lot of noise. This is basically a bunch of riff soup, which I know is the whole point of the genre, but for me, it does not make for an enjoyable listen. Take the song "Spinerender," for instance. In a song that lasts one minute and 11 seconds, I counted six different riffs. Why does a song that is so short need so many?

The production is very over the top with its compression, but it also leaves me wondering: did the band actually play on this, or were all the instrumentals computerized? Even for Slamming Brutal Death Metal, the playing sounds just a little too quantized, too perfect. I mean, on the one hand, the drums sound like they've clearly been sampled (especially in the intro to the song "Mastermind"), which is somewhat standard practice these days, but at one point in the song "Oracle," there is a section where Güven Elban hits a solo that sounds like it was written in Guitar Pro. The same thing can be said about the riff that follows that solo; its stop-start motion feels particularly computerized.

Some of the parts of this LP are pretty cool. For example, the last 30 seconds or so of the title track features an ambient-sounding guitar solo that leads into a more melodic riff, which has echoes of the outro to the PANTERA classic "Floods." "Deus Ex Machina" has a pretty cool breakdown section to it, as well. In general though, these highlights don't make up for the rest of the album.

Overall, this record did not do it for me. The production was overly compressed, the instrumentals were too sterile, and I couldn't understand a word the singer was saying. Some listeners may enjoy it, but I for one don't really care for DEVOURED ELYSIUM and their brand of Death Metal.

4 / 10

Nothing special








"Void Grave" Track-listing:

1. Setup
2. Void Grave
3. Mastermind
4. Green Screen Failure
5. Deus Ex Machina
6. Slam Panzer ft. Traumatomy
7. Spinerender
8. Oracle
9. Chrono-Shift

Devoured Elysium Lineup:

Hürkan Çaglar - Bass
Kerem Akman - Vocals
Güven Elban - Guitars
Atakan Kayman - Drums

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