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Craft: Void

Returning after a six year-hiatus, Craft's Void is hate-fuelled misanthropy reminiscent of Darkthrone, in that it is black metal stripped down to its core. Following a nineteen second-intro, the sinister savagery of 'Serpent Soul' is unleashed, its riffs twisting their way into the bleakness as the tempo slows and the essence of sheer animosity comes to the fore. 'Come Resonance of Doom' is hypnotic in its lumbering tempo and insistent and demanding black grooves. As if the title 'I Want To Commit Murder' isn't prominently confessional enough and the blunt lyrics are nothing less than brutally honest, the track itself is just pure fucking hatred and is one of the best tracks here. 'The Ground Surrenders' is nothing short of incredible, utterly unstoppable, it determinedly drills its way through with relentless precision and power. Nothing is veiled, not anywhere on the record. And that's what makes Void the magnificent opus that it us. Funereal marches, punishing and pummelling rhythms, vomited vocals of pure venom and vehemence, the compositions are of solid structures that are dense, grave, and immensely impressive. Void is oppressive in sound and yet emancipatory in tone. Celebration is not a word associated with black metal but somehow this record has an overwhelming feeling to it that is immeasurably indecent but also uninhibited and unsullied. The title track alone is worth the asking price. And the artwork is the perfect representation of the production and the final goal of Void: meticulous attention to detail that will lead to inevitable annihilation. Hostility contained, such ugliness has rarely been represented so stunningly.

Track Listing

  1. Intro (John's Nightmare)
  2. Serpent Soul
  3. Come Resonance Of Doom
  4. The Ground Surrenders
  5. Succumb To Sin
  6. Leaving The Corporal Shade
  7. I Want To Commit Murder
  8. Bring On The Clouds
  9. Void

Added: November 1st 2011
Reviewer: Jason Guest
Score:
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Craft: Void
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-11-01 09:13:09
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Listening to Craft's latest platter of black metal mayhem Void, I couldn't help but think about the days when I first started to appreciate those early albums from Immortal, Darkthrone, Emperor, and Mayhem. Yes, Void will stir some of the same primal passions within your metal soul, an album of nihilistic aggression and violent savagery that sounds more 'old school' than many of the other modern black metal albums released in recent years claiming to be such. Wickedly hellish vocals, pummeling blast beats, crushing yet melodic tremelo picked riffs, and even some very tasty lead guitar solos to boot. Highlights are many, but be sure to check out "The Ground Surrenders", "Succumb to Sin", "Serpents Soul", and the monolothic title track, for some of the most deliciously evil black metal sounds you'll hear this year.

Oh, and kudos to the dark, barren, and stark design to the CD booklet, which displays the apocalyptic music contained within perfectly.



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