It can often seem deprecating or discrediting to say that one specific album or musical style is similar to or influenced by another; contrariwise, it is often said that imitation is the best form of flattery (albeit as a back-handed compliment). Before listening to "Destroyer of the Void" I had only heard Blitzen Trapper's "Black River Killer", which I thought to be a very fine example of folk-rock with a heavy bluegrass influence. What I did not expect, when I played Destroyer of the Void, was the sound and style that characterised this album; the title song, a masterpiece in it's own right could have come straight from an early Genesis album and been sung by Peter Gabriel, or even Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour.
The influences of the late 1960s and early 1970s run through this album, making this album automatically nostalgic and new (yes, it's quite a contradiction); the styles and influences of so many musicians, including Genesis (Peter Gabriel Era), Pink Floyd, Free, Aerosmith, Cream, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and the Beatles, can all be found on this album, all of which have been tempered with Blitzen Trapper's own dark, intense musical and lyrical presence.
Blitzen Trapper intrigue me, compel me and tease me like very few bands of late have; they adopt and adapt styles without plagiarising others or losing what is, essentially, who they are. This album, as dark and as deep as it can be, is just so much fun to listen to. It is all too easy to dissect and analyse any art form, but the first and foremost purpose has always been to be appreciated for its aesthetic qualities.
All I am left to say is that it is a pity I only had five stars to vote with.