Hail the Void, Camosun’s student group, part ways with Ozzy by a degree


Dean Gustin, 26, thought he had it all figured out. A few years after getting his red seal from Camosun, he really enjoyed working with sheet metal.

“It was good union work and I was a union administrator, and then it all kind of fell apart,” he admits. “I was in a lot of pain and couldn’t stand all day.”

Gustin says back pain forced him to rethink his career path, so he returned to Camosun for the fall semester in hopes of adding a bit of science to his skills.

“I just started the Mechanical Engineering Technology Access program,” says Gustin. “I hope to switch to the technical program next year from September, but it is done in April.”

Camosun student Dean Gustin (right) plays bass in doom metal band Hail the Void (photo by Chase Fraser).

It’s a fairly common story; it’s Gustin’s sideways hustle as a bassist in local doom metal band Hail the Void that’s more notable. It all started when Gustin met the band and found out they were looking for a bassist. He had always been a guitarist but thought it was worth it, so he auditioned and things took off in a hurry. Gustin says his bandmates soon asked him to book a week off to record an album.

“Wow, I didn’t see that coming,” Gustin said. “I didn’t think we would be recording. I just grew up jamming in people’s garages for the last 15 years.

Once they released their self-titled debut album in 2020, Gustin says it landed in multiple Spotify listings.

“It was underground at first, then it ended up being thrown into the doom music mix and we ended up winning best doom debut album for 2020 [at the Doomed and Stoned Awards]“, explains Gustin.

This all happened during the COVID lockdown. The band couldn’t play any gigs so they recorded a live video and the story took an incredible turn.

“I think it was less than 500 views but Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist [Rob “Blasko” Nicholson] seen the Live at Silverside Sound video,” says Gustin. “Blasko contacted us and said, ‘Hey, I’m in partnership with Ripple Music. I like your band and wonder if you would like to do an album with us.

Hail the Void jumped at the chance and Gustin says they had a year to release another album; they recorded it in August 2021 and it will be released next February. The band is now two years old but due to COVID they only recently played their first show in Vancouver, and their first show in Victoria will be at the Carlton Club on October 28th. Hail the Void is in talks with their record label to book a tour for the summer, according to Gustin.

Still, Gustin says he had a lot of friends who were in bands and he saw the chaos in the lifestyle and really didn’t want to be a part of it.

“I didn’t want that in my life,” Gustin says. “I got bored and got this opportunity to go try it out and we started jamming and fell in love. Something came to life when we picked up our instruments and it came crashing down when we traded songs. implements.

Gustin says he’s excited about the group but is quite open with his comrades about his priorities.

“I have to put school first,” Gustin said. “I’m going to have to juggle a bit but I have to prioritize my life. Who knows? Maybe the music will take off, but I think we need to sell more records than the genre allows, so it’s still going to be a passion project.

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