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Vanta - Zero Kelvin: Review

Named after Vanta Black, a material developed by Surrey NanoSystems and one of the darkest substances known to man, absorbing up to 99.965% of visible light. Vanta the band are pushing to be one of the heaviest substances known to man with their new release, Zero Kelvin.

The duo of long-time friends Balázs Söptei (vocals, guitars, keyboards and samples) and Győző Mesterházy (drums) from Budapest, Hungary, combine elements of sludge, doom and atmospheric post-metal to create a sound equal to being crushed at the deepest depths of the ocean, a claustrophobic, dark, suffocating wall of sound that still manages to find rhythm.

The pair had some help along the way when recording with guests such as Zoltán Hegyaljai-Boros - guitar on 'Feel Alive', Kex, Gábor 'Fire' Kiss and Gergely Söptei - rough vox on 'Church of the Holy Shit' with Gábor also lending some guitar work on 'Invisible Parasite'. Cellist Márk Rostetter featured on the titled track

and Marianna Söpteiné Farkas featured in the sound sample on 'Welcome to Absurdistan, Bitch'.

The band commented, "We have recently finished recording and mixing our debut album called Zero Kelvin. It is an important milestone in our musical journey, a six-piece collection that shows both our dark and beautiful side and also our experience with anxiety and sorrow. We shot and published a music video for the title song. The album is going to be published this year, and we would like to organize a tour post-pandemic."

The opening track 'Welcome to Absurdistan, Bitch' is a whopping thirteen minutes long and crushes from the very beginning, some really nice doomy riffs layered with blackened works and post-metal, sludgy elements. Even with its lengthy run time there really was no better way to open this record up.

The remaining five tracks range between four and eight minutes long but don't outstay their welcome. The trudging, lumbering and heavy 'Church of the Holy Shit' follows on nicely from the opener. 'Feel Alive' has a more spacey feel to it but retains the heaviness already established. 'Invisible Parasites' is a standout track, spilling over with raw energy and sheer power. 'Autumn' and title track 'Zero Kelvin' (Video above) see us home in a similar fashion which each track carving out its own niche. Each of the six tracks presented on the album are incredibly diverse and stand up by themselves on their own merit and when listened to as a whole, add just that something extra special.

If you're looking for some fresh new, intense and heavy sludge/doom then give this album a listen, especially if you're a fan of Mastodon, Cult of Luna or Neurosis.

Zero Kelvin is out now via an independent release


Rating 8/10