Today, Norwegian nihilists Black Void have unleashed their new record ‘Antithesis‘ – a bold debut filled with nihilistic aggression and desperation, and a furious, unrepentant attitude. It builds on the philosophical works of Friedrich Nietzsche while leaning on punk rock and black metal. It is nihilistic, filthy, violent and raw. Purchase/stream ‘Antithesis‘ here: https://bfan.link/BVantithesis
To accompany today’s album release, the band have also revealed their new single ‘Void‘. Watch the visualizer here: https://youtu.be/8KWHq743XKY
Lars Are Nedland comments:
“There’s an existential void that humanity is constantly trying to fill. The idea that life has no inherent value seems to be a bitter pill for us to swallow. Nietzsche wrote about the consequences of the lack of meaning, knowledge and morality, and ‘Antithesis’ can be seen as a soundtrack to his unmasking of the motives that underlie traditional Western religion, morality, and philosophy. Enjoy the ensuing chaos.”
Hard rock band White Void‘s debut record ‘Anti‘ (also on Nuclear Blast) was one of last year’s most colourful and surprising releases, hailed by a collective metal press as an absolute whirlwind of occult rock and melodic new wave. But vocalist and band front man Lars Are Nedland – also a long-time member of Borknagar and Solefald – clearly needed a contrast to all the colour and flamboyance, and thus Black Void forced itself into being. Not a band for waiting, the debut album ‘Antithesis‘ was recorded almost immediately – a grimy contrast to White Void‘s colourful and melodic outlet.
Black Void are a punk laden, black metal infused band spearheaded by Lars Are Nedland, and completed by drummer Tobias Solbakk (Ihsahn, White Void, In Vain) and guitarist Jostein Thomassen (Borknagar, Profane Burial).
In many ways Black Void is the flipside of White Void: a full-on rejection of the philosophy of Albert Camus and an endorsement of Friedrich Nietzsche, a full-on rejection of a soft, melodic approach to music and a full-on rejection of a playful, tongue-in-cheek attitude. With that as a backdrop, ‘Antithesis‘ becomes an album that pays respect to fifty years of punk and forty years of black metal – a musical equivalent of a punk with a Mohawk fighting a dude in corpse paint.
Add to that guest vocal appearances by black metal royalties Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ and Hoest of Taake, ‘Antithesis‘ appears as a statement of sorts: a nihilistic musical outburst flipping off morality and hailing aggression while at the same time forcing your foot to tap to its relentless drive.
‘Antithesis‘ was written and recorded between 2019 and 2021 and mixed and mastered by Øystein G. Brun at Crosound Studio. Drums were engineered and recorded by Tobias Øymo Solbakk at Splinter Studios, while bass, vocals and keys were engineered and recorded by Lars Are Nedland at Mezzanine Studios. Guitars were engineered and recorded by Jostein Thomassen at Riff Sheriff Studio and keys are played by Lars Are Nedland.
Jostein Thomassen – Guitars
Tobias Øymo Solbakk – Drums
Lars Are Nedland – Vocals and bass