Artist: Void of Vision
Review by Reece Kirby
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.”
Void of Vision take the red pill with their latest effort “Hyperdaze“
I’ve always rooted for Void of Vision. I saw in their early years that they were really trying to set themselves apart from the rest of the popular UNFD bands aesthetically. With tropes such as wearing matching stage outfits (popular in European metal) which is an easy way to win me over. Their first effort Children of Chrome was a good testament toward what metalcore was at the time, it ticked the boxes needed to be a really solid album and this time around with their latest record Hyperdaze I feel those same feelings all over again.
Production on this record is tight and punchy. Credits to Jon Deiley (Northlane) and Lance Prenc (Gravemind, Alpha Wolf) for a stellar job on creating that ‘spacey atmospheric’ feeling you get when listening to bands of this heavy, erratic, djenty-style. That being said, it's great that even though Prenc has done bands such as Gravemind and Alpha Wolf previously - the production does not feel like a template, and he has given Hyperdaze it's own unique sound.
Hyperdaze feels like a call back to early 2000’s sci-core like Mnemic and Sybreed, mixed with an appropriately 2019 musical flavour enhancer – a red pill, if you will.
It’s great to see the return of guitar solos, something that is unfortunately light in this genre. Often relying heavily on rhythmic patterns and chug fest 0-riffs to get the stank face going in the listener. The solo’s themselves are not overly technical, but they compliment the music nicely - contrasting the pounding rhythms it serves. I would have loved to have seen more exploration around the solo’s but what we’re given is still a solid serve of blade runner dipped djent core.
EDM-style interludes and undertones also play around the album’s main sound, making it that little bit extra “cyber-ish” which is definitely 2019 appropriate. Given the types of music, fashion and movies that are making the rounds at the moment (possibly in the pre-hype to the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 video game?)
The clean-singing on this album gives it a nice translucent neon wash, it’s not prominent singing where the vocals are front and centre, but it definitely reminds me of Hundreth’s 2018 album ‘rare’ which again I feel compliments the music well.
The technicality of the riffs, and the drums leave more to be desired. In a genre where you’ve got bands like Periphery, Animals as Leaders and even locals like The Diamond Construct – who all offer that syncopated, ghost-note-laden drumming that makes for a tasty djent tune, you’re going to need to bring a bit more to the table musically to be a tall poppy.
Similar to the band’s first effort Children of Chrome, their latest offering, Hyperdaze, has checked the boxes of the genre to make sure it has a steady, mid-bill reception. Unfortunately, there are not really any stand-out tracks with particularly memorable lyrics, but you will find yourself reacting appropriately to the groovy down-tuned rhythms and pit-worthy breakdowns.
In the after-shock of Northlane’s latest mammoth release, Alien, and Alpha Wolf’s Fault, it’s going to be hard to outshine that diamond if you choose to write an album in the same style. There are some unique and innovative tricks that make Hyperdaze a worthwhile listen, and a must add for the groove metal playlist but unfortunately, they are few and far between.
6 out of 10
Hyperdaze is out now on UNFD.