A few months ago I stumbled upon Voidcraeft's youtube video for the song "Meditation on Despair" and was immediately entranced by some of the most interesting and unique black metal I had ever heard. Since then I have been haunted by the bizarre melodies and atmosphere contained within the reclusive artist's songs.
The music is along the lines of Deathspell Omega's later material and other more experimental black metal but also holds a death metal vibe at times. Although the songs utilize programmed drums, they are produced in a very tasteful way that is suitable for the music. The riffs here are menacing and chaotic, but still allow the listener to follow the lines of melody. The result is a very difficult listening experience in the best way possible. Transitions are abrupt, leaving little room to hold a groove, and definitely suit the circuitous and bizarre riffs floating over the listener almost too quickly to comprehend. The result is like being put into a trance by an organic mass of tones relentlessly shifting and weaving through one another. The vocals are also really well done here. A very chilling raspy growl with a bit of echo. At times the vocals shift to a more death metal growl that adds a dynamic layer to this mysterious voice behind an opaque wall of confusion and bewilderment.
"Meditation on Despair" is one of the greatest black metal songs I've heard in the past few years, and I must say that the video is a near perfect match for the chilling and entrancing atmosphere there-within. You can rest assured that this is no fluke as the rest of the available material is equally compelling including the latest released song "Rich in Adversity" which also includes an accompanying video.
The sole member behind the project writes and records all of the music himself. Making what is already a huge accomplishment all the more impressive. I cannot express my admiration for this project enough as it is honestly some of the most refreshing and interesting black metal I've come across in the past few years. The multiple music videos, for lack of a better term, also add tremendously to the experience.
If you are at all a fan of experimental black metal, Voidcraeft is a must and in my opinion, a pioneer to be mentioned aside other bands of exceptional caliber at the forefront of modern black metal.
More information can be found at the creator's website. The site also includes download links to all of the online-only releases, as well as more behind the scenes information in regards to the writing and production techniques.
This release is a must listen for those who consider themselves fans of experimental metal music. The melodies alone are interesting enough, but the well rounded composition, awesome vocals, and production put this into what I would consider groundbreaking territory for modern black metal. Bewildering, unsettling, and almost disturbing music that is most effective.