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Solo Artist SadVoice Proves Prolific with Countless Projects


As the saying goes, if you want something done right, that often means having to do it yourself. As one of many reasons drawing metal musicians to solo artistry, preserving a distinct vision on a custom timetable is something that one cannot simply put a price tag on. For Ukraine’s SadVoice — the driving force behind Inner Suffering and a litany of other projects — these benefits have yielded an exceptionally prolific output of work. As his name may suggest, his primarily instrumental projects speak candidly about free-floating melancholy without saying a word. When making music becomes as streamline as, say, opening a private diary, an endless world imagined by the sick soul can begin to manifest into something beautiful.

In his best-known project Inner Suffering, SadVoice offers his most conventional, yet inventive, take on extreme metal. In the past four years alone, Inner Suffering alone has offered roughly 30 releases, 16 of which being full-lengths. The release of 2014’s demo marked great potential for beating, hypnotic, but beautiful glimmers of darkness. As riffs grind together like metal gears, arpeggios suggest a cautiously hopeful tone indicative of metal of the modern decade, ultimately proving that a grittier sound isn’t necessarily synonymous with homage to the d-beat-fused metal greats. Indeed, SadVoice is not one to reinvent the wheel — a philosophy that extends to not refusing help for solo status’ sake. 2018’s Slow Dance on the Ashes of Failure includes vocals from Kimberlee “Imber” Nelson (Aludra, ex-Synodic), indicating that collaboration isn’t necessarily something against which SadVoice is diametrically opposed. Lifting the veil of solitude may seem disingenuous, when it is in fact indicative of doing whatever is seen fit to achieve a desired sound.

In addition to Inner Suffering, SadVoice has shed light with Absence of Joy. The year 2016’s Monochromatic Life takes one color and creates a story through subtle shading. This album, along with countless others in Absence of Joy’s discography, have laid the groundwork for more progressive elements interjected with subtle spookiness. With the command of these more classically rock-and-roll instrumentals accomplished, SadVoice has also played his hand with what can only be described as unapologetic drone. Cycle of Self began to blaze these especially atmospheric trails as 2017’s Omnipresent has marked the project’s last installment. Apathetic Grief has picked up in its place when it comes to pushing the boundaries of what metal is commonly conceived to be. Earlier this year, Youth also rocked our understanding of what it means to grow up. After imagination waivers as the crescendo of death sneaks up from below, all that remains is a meditative war between darkness and light.

While an entire encyclopedia is probably warranted when it comes to awarding all of SadVoice’s projects due credit, the last-but-not-least venture to have the mic is The Dark Portal. If the white noise heard while listening for the monsters in the closet collided with the roaring of cellar demons, it would be 2014’s Suicide Cult. It is on this early record that SadVoice was already proving himself to be a true master of atmosphere. A chilling tale that doesn’t shed a single tear, the static and fuzz of the realms of the living and dead overlap on The Dark Portal’s solitary release. While future releases from Inner Suffering and Apathetic Grief are to be anticipated, perhaps hope should not be lost for new buds from SadVoice’s early roots.

Unfortunately, a turn of events was exposed recently on Inner Suffering’s Bandcamp. The nightmare for any DIY creative was realized – SadVoice has seen the death of a laptop. Perhaps there is no better form of condolences than to go pay one of his many pages a visit. Chances are, you won’t be running out of content to enjoy anytime soon.

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