Coma Cluster Void doesn’t do things like other bands. The group’s Thoughts From a Stone is a 22-minute piece, and its brand new video “Mother, Dreamer”, extracted from the larger composition, arrives as a 360° Panorama video. With haunting, classically-inspired passages, doses of technical death metal and hard-edged progressive rock, the track is undeniably unsettling and yet impossibly entertaining.
The group is comprised of Mike DiSalvo (ex-Cryptopsy), Austin Taylor and Genevieve DiSalvo trading off on lead guttural vocals, Sylvia Hinz providing classical mezzo-soprano vocals, bass guitar and double bass recorder, John Strieder on 10-string guitar and cello, Chris Burrows on drums and guest Alexa Renger on violin.
When the band formed in 2013, the members agreed that Coma Cluster Void would be a vehicle for storytelling, both through musical composition and the written word to expand the palette of expression in metal music. Thoughts From a Stone, a one-movement symphony, connects with the collective’s first album, Mind Cemeteries as well: It provides the backstory of the mysterious Iron Empress, a character pivotal to that earlier work.
“We dare ask ourselves is this the penance for our ignorance and war driven lack of respect towards one another?” the band offers “Herein lies a horrific testament to being careful about what you ask for. For what is brought forth is knowingly going to destroy the nature of our Grand Mother as well as the ones who summon and those that ‘betray’ the summoners.”