Described as bardic black metal, Cosmic Reawakening is the debut album from Denver, Colorado based band, Crafteon. The 7 track album will be released on August 25th & is inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Vocalist and guitarist Lord Mordiggian had this to say:
“This recording prudently recounts an antiquarian bundle of peculiar short stories authored by the famed American horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft. Featuring a blasphemous potpourri of amorphous black metal enmeshed with spurious, assonant passages of hope juxtaposed and vanquished by discordant strains of utter despair and madness.”
The darkness flows like water on the meaty sound of The Outsider. An oppressive black metal number that adds plenty of rhythm & melody to the evil on show. Instantly attention grabbing, the blasting heat of molten metal is a great accompaniment to the fantastical works of Lovecraft.
The guitar work throughout Cosmic Reawakening is simply sublime, backed up by bone-crunching beats & hooks all while vocalist Lord Mordiggian howls like a demonic force. What the Moon Brings, The Temple, Dagon…the evilness knows no bounds but it never gets too much, its rhythmic quality just echoes through the mind & soul.
Arguably the best song on the album, The Colour Out of Space absolutely soars. As close to an epic as you’re going to get on Cosmic Reawakening. Thrilling riffs, mind-blowing bass licks & a drum beat that is akin to a contaminated meteorite crashing to earth.
The album just keeps going from strength to strength, The White Ship bounces on the blackened waves of a stormy sea of riffs, From Beyond delves deeply into an alien dimension filled with otherworldly melody & rocking hooks before The Whisperer in the Darkness finishes up the journey with an up-tempo beat.
Unlike many other bands who claim to be inspired by a certain subject or person, Crafteon do a fantastic job of capturing the spirit of Lovecraft while still making incredibly exciting black metal.
Crafteon – Cosmic Reawakening Full Track Listing:
1. The Outsider
2. What the Moon Brings
3. The Temple
5. The Colour Out of Space
6. The White Ship
7. From Beyond
8. The Whisperer in the Darkness
Crafteon - Cosmic Reawakening (Self Released)
The Final Score - 9.5/10