Sunyata

The grandiose new record from British funeral doom and classical act Sunyata, ‘The Great Beyond’, is based on the precepts of mankind’s desire to explore the cosmos, and the potential futility of such a venture. It is out in November, and is the work of producer and composer John Reedy which should lend it a unique flavour.

The opening title track is almost meditative in its swelling build, where synths, strings and acoustics build a ladder of melancholy, vocals drifting in amongst the rungs of this ladder to space. It may not have the monolithic riffs nor the voice-ripped-from-the-void vocals you’d expect from funeral doom, but it definitely has the melancholic atmosphere. The classical stylings of Sunyata really enhance the songs, lending a sense of weight and purpose. ‘The Great Below’ begins to bring forth a darker swathe, where the oppressive weight of the universe begins to press upon us, tiny insignificants.

‘Meditation on Death’ is probably the ‘heaviest’ song here, but it is not built upon your usual ideas of guitar riffs and double kicks. It is built upon a wall of dissonance, the kind of bleak monolith noise musicians wish they could conjure. Like some kind of Cthuluian death rattle, music unravelling within the madness, it becomes an open void of silence where only the merest specks of gloomy sound appear. From here ‘Meditation on Life’ appears, as a counterpoint of growth and recovery from the dark void of the end times. A hopeful swell of glorious music climbs towards the sky, reaching for a place that may not be there but with a belief and a conviction.

Sunyata’s take on funeral doom is musically at great odds with much of the genre, concentrating mainly on a classical and orchestral edge. However, this approach does not prevent it from being funeral doom in spirit and in style. The slow melancholy seeping through is unbearable at times, and this makes ‘The Great Beyond’ far more interesting than most records you’ll hear this year; a record to challenge preconceptions is a welcome sight indeed.

Review by Sandre the Giant

UK | The Killchain (wordpress.com)

I am a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in London, UK who creates dark and atmospheric music in a variety of genres. If you like what I do and would like to get in touch, you can send me a message here or at my email address.
http://www.johndreedy.com/
johnreedy01@gmail.com


About
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I am a producer and composer based near London, United Kingdom, with 7 years of experience working in audio.
I have had a fascination with music since I was a child, learning to play a variety of instruments, which developed into a passion for music production as an adolescent. I have released 5 solo albums and EPs in total (under the pseudonyms of John D. ReedyEvælWrithe, and Sunyata) spanning styles such as folk, modern classical, metal, electronic and ambient.

I offer online album production for pre-recorded tracks, aiming to transform rough demos into professional-sounding songs. I work in a broad range of genres, adding my own personal, more atmospheric touch to the listening experience. I also offer composition for media such as films and video games in a variety of styles.
For further enquiries and more information, drop me an email via ‘Contact’ or via johnreedy01@gmail.com

Equipment

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Monitors – KRK Rokit RP5 G3 Pair, Sony MDR-XB950AP Headphones
External Soundcard – Scarlett Focusrite 6i6 2nd Gen
Microphones – Audio-Technica AT4040, Shure SM57
DAWs – Cubase, Reaper, Pro-Tools, Ableton, MAGIX Music Maker

Discography
Personal Projects & Soundtracks

The Great Beyond

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The Great Beyond 10:00
2.
The Great Below 10:00
3.
Meditation On Death 10:00
4.
Meditation On Life 10:00
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“Sunyata gives four snapshots of life, in the dark and exploratory The Great Beyond (…) a wonderful sonic representation of the contrasts of how light and dark meld for the grey hues of humanity”.
-The Other Side Reviews
theothersidereviews.com/sunyata-the-great-beyond-2020/
“The Great Beyond sounds like precious little else out there in the crowded metal world, and really is an experience not to be missed. Ripe with emotion and nuanced delivery, the artist behind Sunyata is to be commended on his work.”
-Wonderbox Metal
wonderboxmetal.com/2020/11/10/sunyata-the-great-beyond-review/
“From beginning to end, “The Great Beyond” has so much more than I could’ve ever hoped for and it is very possible to become a cornerstone of an already niche corner of doom that many people never knew that they needed.”
-Headbanger Reviews
headbangerreviews.wordpress.com/2020/11/04/sunyata-the-great-beyond/
“Brilliantly written and executed, Sunyata has produced the perfect concerto for doom metal fans. Plant some high quality… more
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released November 11, 2020
Performing, recording, production and mixing by John D. Reedy (johndreedy.com/discography.html)
Mastering by Philipp Welsing of Original Mastering (original-mastering.com)
Album artwork by Mayhem Project Design (mayhemdesign.blogspot.com)

MY OTHER PROJECTS
John D. Reedy
(Modern Classical / Ambient)
johndreedy.bandcamp.com
Writhe (Atmospheric Black Metal)
writheuk.bandcamp.com
Evæl (Neofolk / Post-Rock)
evael.bandcamp.com
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VINYL FUNDRAISER
https://qrates.com/projects/21527
Website – http://www.johndreedy.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/johndreedyuk/
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/john-d-reedy
Bandcamp – https://sunyatauk.bandcamp.com/

The Great Long Distance [Feb 2017]

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Dreams of Budapest 01:32
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60 Days 01:09
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30 Days 02:13
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Heathrow / Stansted 02:14
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Dreams of Athens 01:52
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Sehnsucht 01:54
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Athens International 02:38
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Summer’s Afterglow 01:36
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The Great Long Distance 02:31
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Lost Dog 02:42
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We Remain 01:51
12.
Together 03:07
about
The Great Long Distance is an audible recollection of the first 12 months of a long distance relationship, including the highs and lows and moments in between. It is a journal without words, each of the 12 tracks representing each month respectively.
“Reedy’s ambient composition style engulfs us, creating a cocoon of sound that allows listeners to absorb every emotion the music exhumes. His album is a series of contrasts that inadvertently comment on the complexity of love, and at the album’s end, invoke feelings of having completed an emotional journey.”
-spacesfm (spacesfm.com/2017/03/john-d-reedy-the-great-long-distance-review)
“A beautifully melancholic, highly impassioned ambient album full of slowly evolving textures and pensive chord progressions. I definitely look forward to hearing what Reedy does in the future.”
-Divide & Conquer (www.divideandconquermusic.com/indie-music-album-reviews/john-d-reedy-the-great-long-distance)
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released February 17, 2017
All compositions arranged by John D. Reedy.
Album artwork by Mayhem Project Design:
(www.mayhemdesign.blogspot.co.uk)
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all rights reserved

Todos Mueren Por Vivir (Official Soundtrack) [Apr 2015]

1.
Premonición 01:15
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Sima 02:56
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Penumbra 01:08
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La Noche 01:20
5.
Huir 02:14
6.
Song For Sam 04:11
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released April 13, 2015
license
all rights reserved

The Shrouded Grove

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The Shrouded Grove 09:59
2.
The Slumbering Council 09:59
about
MY NEW PROJECT ‘SUNYATA’ AVAILABLE HERE
sunyatauk.bandcamp.com

“An epic masterpiece of atmospheric black metal.” – Echoes & Dust
“This twenty minute demo is unbelievable. The amount of emotion packed into such a short amount of time is quite astounding.” – Temple of Darkness
“A thundercloud of an EP that’s bodes very well for future endeavours.” – Teeth of the Divine
“Definitely one of the better examples of the style, great production and exquisite composition. This will be on my playlist for a while.” – BlackMetalOwnsYou
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released September 22, 2014
All instruments and lyrics written and recorded by John D. Reedy.
Album artwork and logo by Georgi Georgiev (www.moonringdesign.com).
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all rights reserved

Breath

1.
Fell Guardian 03:55
2.
Circle 02:54
3.
January’s Long Shadow 04:44
4.
Lost At Sea 04:32
5.
Into the Depths 04:16
about
Recorded between 1st January 2014 and 17th April 2014.
credits
released April 18, 2014
All instruments and lyrics written and recorded by John D. Reedy.
Album artwork and logo by Georgi Georgiev (www.moonringdesign.com).
license
all rights reserved
Band Work & Collaborative Efforts

Ignis by Malphas

1.
The Seven Bowls of Wrath 09:15
2.
Gollum’s Song [Howard Shore & Emilíana Torrini Cover] 05:23
about
Caught between the events unfolding within the first demo, the centrepiece of Ignis portrays the bleak final days of man as the armies gather at Armageddon for one last battle.
credits
released September 25, 2017
Stuart McDonagh – Guitar, Vocals
John D. Reedy – Guitar, Bass, Drums
Album artwork and logo by Georgi Georgiev (www.moonringdesign.com).
license
all rights reserved

Brimstone by Malphas

1.
Splitting the Belly of Heaven 04:35
2.
Upon Wings of Perdition 03:47
3.
Burning In the Shadow of God 05:04
about
Initiated as an impromptu jam one sweltering afternoon in summer 2014 with only the most rudimentary of recording equipment, Malphas began as a raw black metal project consisting of lone guitar and drums.
The project was subsequently pushed to the wayside, only to be later unearthed in early 2017; the session was then carefully combed through and refined for its most intriguing parts, rearranged and layered upon. Brimstone is the result.
“Fucking great, straight off the bat. Crushing blackened doom that splits open to release atonal wails calling forth the misery of the ages; the oppressive production only fuelling the ancient horrors within. Support with a name-your-price download, this is epic stuff”.
-Black Metal Daily (blackmetaldaily.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/bandcamp-misanthropy-volume-6/)
credits
released May 28, 2017
Stuart McDonagh – Guitar, Vocals
John D. Reedy – Guitar, Bass, Drums
Album artwork and logo by Georgi Georgiev (www.moonringdesign.com).
license
all rights reserved
Sunyata – The Great Beyond (Review)

 BY WONDERBOXMETAL

Sunyata - The Great Beyond

This is the debut album from UK atmospheric doom metal solo act Sunyata.

The artist describes Sunyata’s music as a mix of funeral doom and modern classical. Although this serves as a decent description, it doesn’t quite do justice to the wealth of rich content that’s to be found on The Great Beyond.

The classical elements are perfectly blended with the doom metal, making for a complete, holistic experience. Unlike some bands that try to merge different styles such as this, one cannot exist without the other here, so ingrained are they in their counterpart’s existence. Epic and Ethereal, with a sci-fi theme and feel, these four 10-minute tracks are highly compelling. Immersive in their rich atmosphere and cinematic grandeur, listening to The Great Beyond is like being transported into a great work of cosmic speculative fiction.

Although the funeral doom tag has been applied to this, it’s a softened version due to the other elements of the music. This is not an album of colossal guitars and deep growls; this is all about layered atmosphere and spacefaring moods. In the place of grim distorted guitars you have dark ambient soundscapes and synth-driven melancholy. In places of soul-swallowing growls you have the sort of clean vocals that you’d normally find on either a progressive metal album or a choral one. To be fair, there are heavier parts to this release, and there are occasional growls too, but they’re not the stars of the show by any means.

This is orchestral/classical atmospheric doom that’s been taken to the next level. The Great Beyond sounds like precious little else out there in the crowded metal world, and really is an experience not to be missed. Ripe with emotion and nuanced delivery, the artist behind Sunyata is to be commended on his work.

I highly recommend that you have a good listen to this one.

Sunyata – The Great Beyond (Review) | (wonderboxmetal.com)

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John is a stupendous multi instrumentalist, creative and producer of complex melodies filled with great arrangements and chords. The cutting takes place since his first work at Manphas, virtuous and vigorous for his last masterpiece with a sublime refinement, stupendous collection. Aryon Maiden

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