Ok first of wow! What a journey this is. I: Voice is one of the mightiest experiences I’ve had in a long time with music. It’s simply breathtaking and it’s hard to put it down to words, this is just something you have to experience yourself. Has to be said for this release I actually, for the first time ever, reviewed the album based on the official youtube release which has a quite simple but also brilliant video along with it. For me it helped to add to my experience so I can recommend you giving that a try (got to love how they interact with a music video 25 minutes in too). Choosing my favorite track here was honestly killing me too, because this isn’t one of those albums. This is an album you listen to front to back. Only downside by that is you need the time to invest into it, that being said I did choose “Nightfall Came” as I feel that works best as a single if you had to go for one track alone.
Is this the best album so far this year? Time will tell but along with Equipoise monster release Demiurgus this is the best I’ve heard when close to half the year is done and over with. Funny enough both these albums comes from the same label, so I just got to give high praise and a round of applauds to The Artisan Era. What a year they are having! I’ve already heard I: Voice several times in the two days it’s been out on youtube and I can just imagine how powerful this will be when played live. People that like their metal weird and think bands that experiment a lot such as Anaal Nathrakh, Ulcerate, Portal, Lantlôs and Opeth will think this is the best thing to be released in a long time, that I am sure of. Some of you will think this album is all over the place, add way too many elements into the mix, but I think it’s so well made (along with the video too) that I instead see it as an album you go back to and find something new you like with each listen. It’s stunning and not just a music album but a true work of art which isn’t something that happens often. You might not like it as much as I do, but you would do yourself a favor and give I: Voice a chance to witness a truly unique album.
Written by J.B.
Label: The Artisan Era
For fans of: Ulcerate and Portal
Release date: May 10th, 2019
Favorite song: Nightfall Came
Score: 4.5/5 Near perfection