By Matty Hume
Although you probably never actually asked for it, the Liverpool-based Conan have an unparalleled ability to transport you into a world filled to the brim with violence, dread, magic and destruction. And whether you’re searching for grimdark slice of fantasy media or thrive off of the raw power of a meaty, drop-tuned whole note, Existential Void Guardian deserves to be your poison of choice.
Since Conan long-ago earned their armour as living legends of metal, their latest mix of studio tracks and live cuts is simply the trio doing what they do best — creating masterfully perfected and precise doom metal that sets a soundscape so crushing and menacing that proves the existence of evil by virtue of a haunting gravity. “Eye to Eye to Eye” stands out as a display of every tool at Conan’s disposal, starting as a driving, lethargic riff with clear drums and scratching strings that bursts into a battle-cry and slow melody. In theory the compositions are often simple, nonetheless they sound darkly complex due to the Conan’s meticulous precision. The live tracks include a more audible use of effects pedals, giving them a pumped-up psychedelic feel against the darkness of the studio tracks. Drenched in distortion and always foreboding, Existential Void Guardian will give you more power than the Castle of Greyskull.Conan, Existential Void Guardian, Napalm Records, Record Review