Marcel H. : After a three year wait, we now see the appearance of album number three by the English band Iron Void. And once again on a different record label. This time around American Shadow Kingdom releases it. Does this have any consequences on the music? Not really The band is still clearly influenced by bands such as Pentagram and Saint Vitus. I also discern some The Gates Of Slumber and Iron Man and a tad The Lamp Of Thoth and Arkham Witch. Soundwise a step forwards has, once again, be set. Everything sound really powerful and at the same time very open thanks to the mastering by James Plotkin (Khanate, O.L.D.). The doom metal on offer on ‘Excalibur’ is varied and manages to captivate from the first spoken tones of opener ‘Dragon’s Breath’ until the last of the acoustic closer ‘Avalon’. Jonathan “Sealey” Seale’s vocals sound more potent and varied than ever and his bass is a bit more prominent in the mix, giving everything more body.
Lyrically everything deals with the King Arthur legend of the sword Excalibur. The music totally fits the concept and even exudes a slight medieval atmosphere. It all sounds typically English without threatening to lose the non-English listener. Iron Void grows from release to release and it is clear the band has taken its time to write and record ‘Excalibur’ and that the increased gigging has made the band a tighter outfit. I wonder what the future will bring.