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Animate The Emptiness


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Bart Fans of industrial being incorporated into metal will love this. It definitely has that Godflesh started a black metal band feel to it. And I'm here for it. Favorite track: Invoke Radiant Gleam.
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Arrogant Bastard Yo, this is super weird! Like a Hollywood beat producer and a Norwegian black metal artist were released into a studio and were told to get along or die.
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Favorite track: Incarnate Flame Arise.
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Mcgilroy the Housefly Been a while since an album went on heavy rotation here. Been listen to this thing daily since it came out. A truly outstanding achievement bringing back the excitement I felt when I heard O.L.D, Godflesh & Meshuggah for the first time in the 90s. Great production too - been listening on a high end system boy does this record sound good! Favorite track: Divine Transduction.
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Regeneration 04:38
Earth Daemon 06:44
Embryonic 01:23


Animate the Emptiness is the debut full length by the NYC metal duo Luminous Vault. On their long awaited follow-up to 2017’s Charismata EP, guitarist/vocalist Mario Diaz de Leon (Oneirogen, Bloodmist) and bassist/vocalist Samuel Smith (Artificial Brain, Aeviterne) present a bold and unique hybrid of black/death metal and electronic music.

From their inception in 2015, Luminous Vault have combined the “machine rhythm” approach of pioneering bands Godflesh and Blut Aus Nord with black metal and synthesizers. On Animate the Emptiness, this vibrant fusion is expressed with an intensity surpassing that of the band’s past efforts. Tracks such as Incarnate Flame Arise are pervaded by the slow, speaker-rattling thud of an electronic kick drum, punctuated by Smith’s distorted bassline and synthetic hi-hat patterns, while Diaz de Leon’s guitar intones haunting tremolo-picked melodies and feedback-laden squalls. On closing track Ancient North, melancholic doom metal harmonies sustain over syncopated bass and drum rhythms, giving way to a euphoric surge of major key tremolo riffs. Diaz de Leon and Smith’s vocal lines alternately evoke apocalyptic sermons and a call from otherwordly depths, with surrealistic lyrics that draw inspiration from psychospiritual trials and transformations, full of alchemical imagery.


released May 20, 2022

Animate the Emptiness was recorded by the band in NYC between 2019 and early 2020, mixed by MDdL, and mastered by Josh Bonati.

Artwork by Fivetimesno. Logo by Andrew Tremblay. Design by MDdL and Chimere Noire.


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Luminous Vault New York, New York

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