Album Review: Raum Kingdom - Everything & Nothing
Artist: Raum Kingdom
Album: Everything & Nothing
Genre: Post Rock/Metal
Release Date: 1 June 2018
Review by Jackson Price
There has been some incredibly solid releases from the post rock/post metal/blackened/proggy/Whatever-the-kids-are-calling-it-now realms of the musical spectrum lately, and Ireland’s Raum Kingdom have recently gifted something to the world that has them vying for their own place amongst the ranks in the ever expanding catacombs of this somewhat underground scene. Everything & Nothing is the bands first full length in the 5 years since their inception and the follow up to a self titled EP (2014) and a split they did with Belgian’s All We Expected back in 2015.
Everything & Nothing’s opening track "Summon" greets us with some huge, crushing guitars drenched in delay and reverb. The ethereal and haunting vocals of Dave Lee are very captivating while also inviting the listener into the very emotional push/pull atmosphere that dwells throughout this latest piece of work from the quartet. The smooth and sleek production gives an almost goth type feel that reflects the songwriting and musicianship well. Vocals, guitars, drums and bass are all mixed with great taste, while also making fantastic use of layering techniques. Some of this becoming more apparent as you journey much further into the album.
To describe Raum Kingdom’s sound, one can’t help but mention something like the darker side of Neurosis meets Tool (Both vocally and sound), and at times hints of what I can only describe as a far more pissed off Radiohead type of vibe. Imagine Thom Yorke mixing things up with some saturated screams while using the high gain channel on the guitar amp for a little more than that one part in "Creep." The soundscape of Everything & Nothing has a lot of tension sitting just below the surface and floats along in this massive droning ambience at times too, with hypnotic grooves that will have the listener swaying while taking in the dense layers of heaviness and melody.
It’s a very powerful collection of songs and is easy to submerse yourself in. Very dark, at times violent, at times beautiful and never left me feeling like the band was trying to purely fill empty space to make up a track listing. One song in particular I found myself going back to over and over again was the 14 minute epic "Winter" featuring guest vocals from Mia Govoni (Makavrah). This track containing some of the most diverse dynamics and emotions of the album, covering moments of pure aggression through to extended sections of sombre beauty. And it was tracks like this that made this release really rewarding for the more focused and discerning listener.
This is a fantastic album for fans that like their heavy music intelligent and hanging on the darker side of human emotion. It ticks so many boxes that this reviewer looks for in music of this ilk, and I’m genuinely glad I had the chance to check this out. If you have been looking for something new to check out lately, this is certainly something I will be recommending to people on the search for bands that are a little less heard of and worth giving a spin or two.
8.5 out of 10.
For fans of: Neurosis, Tool, Nero di Marte, The Ocean