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Album Review

VoidCeremony – “Foul Origins of Humanity” – [Blood Harvest]

Lord Gravestench   7/7/2018   A Library, CD

VoidCeremony (Ramona, CA) play Blackened Death Metal with symptoms of Tech/Prog. Hyperactive and dense riffing goes unexpected places frequently, as if each song is stitched together from several. There is a definite affinity for melody interwoven with the chaos, occasionally evoking a schizophrenic version of (old) Goatwhore, or the elegant esotericism of Australia’s Stargazer.

Two members of KFJC live mic veterans Ascended Dead have been involved– guitarist/vocalist JR and drummer CK (see also: Necrosic), but this is definitely not an Ascended Dead side-project: in point of fact, while JR and CK are still employed as live members, on this 2018 EP, (the band’s third release since 2014) the core duo of composer/vocalist/guitarist/bassist GJ (‘Wandering Mind’) and guitarist IM (‘Nexus Traveller’) worked with multi-tracks and a session drummer. There is some similarity here to newer Yank Tech-Death bands like LA’s Derogatory (what happened to them, anyway?), SF’s ION and NYC’s Artifical Brain, but also VC sound more… evil… than any of these bands (it’s that Black Metal influence). T.3 is a dazzling instrumental.

Trippy, virtuosic and great. What the Hel is going on on that cover, though? It may be related to a vaguely articulated horror/sci-fi “concept.” Maybe the band will tell us about it when they play at KFJC on 7/20/2018?

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