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  CRAFTEON UNLEASH A 'COSMIC REAWAKENING' WITH THEIR DEBUT ALBUM

jools green
21st August 2017
Jools Green



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If Black Metal and Lovecraft are something that floats your goat, then the debut full length, 'Cosmic Reawakening', from Denver's Bardic Black Metallers, Crafteon, is worthy of your ears and time.

And in keeping with that Lovecraft theme, even the band's name is a play-on-words of "Lovecraft" and "aeon" and the Lovecraftian concept continues in the style of the band member names with Lord Mordiggian on guitar/vocals, Fthaggua covering lead guitar, Ithaqua on bass and Rhagorthua on drums.

The man behind the band, vocalist and guitarist and not surprisingly teacher of literature, Lord Mordiggian, has been inspired to create this entire album influenced by his favourite writer HP Lovecraft, eight tracks based on classic tales such as 'The Outsider', 'Dagon' and 'From Beyond' and this music suits the horror soaked stories perfectly.

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Lord Mordiggian comments on the album further:

"This recording prudently recounts an antiquarian bundle of peculiar short stories authored by the famed American horror writer, HP 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."

'Cosmic Reawakening' is, simply put, a great listen and an easy and engaging one at that, it's mood rich and anyone who is familiar with the stories will appreciate just how pace and content suits the tales concerned, from the blackened well varied riffing to the sinister edge that comes from the bass lines which are prominent and add mood and atmosphere without dominating.

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Lord Mordiggian's harsh, suitably sinister vocal delivery is excellent, in the main part because of the clarity of delivery to the lyrical content, which descriptively recreates the tale but from Lord Mordiggian's perspective and with his delivery you miss nothing of the content and going one step further they take a superbly deranged and tortured edge on 'What The Moon Brings' which also features some very emotive and dark closing lead work.

As much as I love the whole album, my favourite track has to be 'The Whisperer In The Darkness', which is packed with dark yet addictively catchy guitars and the line, which I confess to joining in on; "Ia! Shub Niggurath! The whisperer in the darkness, Ia! Yuggoth! The whisperer in the darkness," haunts you long after the track finishes.

Tracklisting:
  1. The Outsider
2. What The Moon Brings
3. The Temple
4. Dagon
5. The Colour Out of Space
6. The White Ship
7. From Beyond
8. The Whisperer In The Darkness

Optimistic that fans will enjoy this release, Lord Mordiggian's final comment on the album is:

"I expect the general fans of Black Metal to enjoy the influence of early Swedish Black Metal. This band will remain in the realm of Lovecraft and at least his genre, and considering he has hundreds of other stories, the music to come in the future is virtually limitless as far as the concept goes.

"I already have several songs in the works for the sophomore album, and this time the other band members are contributing their own original pieces as well."

Great news, considering how much I enjoyed this album.

'Cosmic Reawakening' will be of particular interest to fans of Dissection, Naglfar, Lord Belial, early Ancient, early Dark Tranquillity and will be available from crafteon.bandcamp.com.

Watch 'What The Moon Brings'...



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