Published May 27, 2014Emptiness are masters at destabilizing death metal; as a result, their music is incredibly unpredictable and thrilling to listen to. Oftentimes, the label "extreme" is tacked on to metal bands that excel only at creating complete aural assaults, but on Nothing But The Whole, the word fits Emptiness' nuanced approach just as nicely. Throughout the record, the band expose the layers in their production to create a kind of tension, pulling the listener between worlds of subterranean atmosphere and textural death metal chaos.
"All Is Known" initially features clean guitar playing, but as static builds in the background, you can hear those clean strings collecting grit, growing more distorted as if the repeating phrase is building a charge. Emptiness' use of tension allows them to play with metal conventions successfully on Nothing But The Whole, opening their sound up and exposing its raw insides. (Dark Descent)