Genre : Black Metal
Location : U.S.A.
Release title : Cosmic Reawakening
Release type : Full length CD and digital release
Release year : 2017
Label : Independent
Buy : Bandcamp
1.The Outsider 05:21
2.What the Moon Brings 04:14
3.The Temple 05:09
5.The Colour Out of Space 06:06
6.The White Ship 05:25
7.From Beyond 05:51
8.The Whisperer in the Darkness 06:08
Total Time : 43:28
From the depths of Unknown Kadath (or maybe somewhere in Denver, Colorado) come Crafteon, a band that bases its material entirely on the works of classic Horror pioneer H.P. Lovecraft. Considering "Cosmic Reawakening" is their first album, Crafteon have pulled out all the stops. Great cover artwork, and an intriguing booklet painting a picture of each Lovecraft-ian tale. The band are appropriately decked up in corpse paint and ritual hooded garb, holding candles and gathered around some kind of glowing geomantic symbol.
Convincing Black Metal is employed to portray the unimaginable visions of Lovecraft's twisted yet brilliant writings. "Dagon", the horrible, terrifying oceanic deity related by Lovecraft is transformed into a bludgeoning Black Metal dirge. Harrowing, lagging blast beats and pitch implosions lash into abysmal darkness, the watery den of the aquatic Hell-freak Dagon.
Unintentionally perhaps, the production recalls a King Diamond-esque deviant allegiance and conceptual imagery on a grand scale. Musically drawing upon many Scandinavian Black Metal classics, the feeling and texture is of Gothic and antediluvian proportions, a challenging yet headbangingly direct balance of streamlined Metal with strong production values.
"The White Ship" harkens to the seafaring compulsions of a Lovecraft-ian captain who has seen the strange lands of Sona-Nyl, Thalarion, and Cathuria. Finally, "The Whisperer In The Darkness" proceeds to provide the album's climax in fearful invocations of perverse entities beyond Human understanding. "Akeley? This can't be real" shrieks vocalist/band leader Lord Mordiggian as the aftermath of Crafteon's H.P.-Loving opus winds to a close.
So who are these Craft-ian men? Little is known of the identities of these cloaked spiritual miscreants. That's okay, I don't really care! Just super-cool Cthulu-esque madness on full bore Black Metal impalement! Worth your time and attention, this original outfit is only hinting at the potential that lies within. Grab it while you can!
- Vile Ent