CD Review

The Unquiet Void - "Scorpio"

by Rat Bastard

ScorpioScorpio is the first full length album from The Unquiet Void, also known as Jason Wallach. It is a collection of songs previously recorded through the past 10 years, with some newer material thrown in for good measure. Somewhere along the line, the music in this collection (or most of it, rather) was chosen to be the soundtrack for the independent film, "Scorpio" by Phantom Productions, hence the title of the album.

The music of the Unquiet Void fits quite snuggly in the dark-ambient genre, chock full of atmospheric synth melodies and electronic noise with no lyrics whatsoever; 69 minutes and 38 seconds of pure dread and foreboding. This dread and foreboding, of course, being the moods conveyed by the music and not the reaction of the listener when presented with the possibility of having to hear said music (unless the listener's preference lies in the realm of happy fluffy pink and yellow things, which would produce that sort of dread in me)... Anyways, Scorpio would make a great horror movie soundtrack. Having not seen the movie, I cannot say anything about it and since, according to Jason Wallach, the ideas behind the music actually have nothing to do with the film I shouldn't feel any need to. Being superior in composition to most of the actual soundtracks out there.

Despite being basically a piecemeal album, Scorpio holds together very well as a cohesive unit. The album flows together very evenly from start to finish. Most of the songs are purely atmospheric, with very loose and subtle melodic structure (although some, like Autumn Fires and Neophyte have immediately discernable melodies) and an even more subtle rhythm. However, The Cube of Bondage and Dust particularly stand out, having more obvious rhythmic structures with no loss of the atmospheric creepiness that is maintained through the entire album.

The Unquiet VoidIn conclusion, Scorpio fits the 'dark-ambient' label very well, and is actually one of the few artists of the genre that I would actually listen to as I am not actually a fan of the genre in general... But I must admit that Jason Wallach has talent. I do, however, prefer my music to be more 'active,' and The Unquiet Void serves a 'background music' role in my collection...and, as alluded, I am not often in the mood to listen to background music. Of course, this doesn't change the fact that it performs this role exceedingly well. So, it basically boils down to this: If you want something that makes you want to dance or sing, search elsewhere…but if you want something dark and moody to either lose oneself in (although I do think that listening while under the influence of certain substances could produce some rather horrific results), or supplement another activity with, then I would suggest that you seek out a copy of this album... at any rate, you'll be the owner of a good horror soundtrack (or at least, a coaster that doubles as one).

Contact Information:
Post: Jason Wallach / The Unquiet Void, P.O. Box 770951, Coral Springs, FL, 33077