Returning with sophomore release ‘Hyperdaze’, Australian metalcore quartet Void Of Vision have immersed themselves deeper into electronica, creating a strong industrial undercurrent to the streamlined record.
After the minimalist opening of ‘Overture’, first track proper ‘Year Of The Rat’ kicks the record off, using textured synths to offset the loose riffs of guitarists James McKendrick and Mitch Fairlie. Relying on swift changes and a breakneck pace, the track scuttles towards the frenetic ‘Babylon’.
Whilst the record plays it safe from the beginning, when ‘If Only’ arrive, the group begin to settle into their new soundscape. Fusing clean passages and raw aggression, the track blends their ambitions together and delivers standout moments, ranging from a twisting guitar solo, a strong vocal hook, and thunderous drum patterns from George Murphy.
On ‘Kerosene Dream’, frontman Jack Bergin shifts between commanding roars and frantic howls, pushing the groove-laden riffs to gain momentum as they reach its stamping bridge, whereas a number like ‘Slave To The Name’ sees the vocalist move towards more experimental inflections to compliment McKendrick‘s vocals which anchor the track.
With the group moving towards more electronica influences, as the coda of the aforementioned ‘Slave To The Name’ seeps into ‘Adrenaline’, it becomes apparent that the intention is to not add flourishes to the tracks but to enhance them. This is especially evident on ‘Hole In Me’, a song that sits firmly within metalcore and electronica. From the textured verses to the call-and-response bridge, the incorporation of synthesisers has become integral to the group’s sound.
Moving back towards the more traditional metalcore sound for the final act, ‘Decay’ delivers churning riffs and an inspired mixture of raw vocals and modified cleans. Alongside a stomping chorus, the track also boasts stuttering breakdown and a frantic energy.
Taking a more electronic route and a streamlined approach to composition whilst adding a thick layer of unbridled rage, ‘Hyperdaze’ serves as a strong follow-up record for the band. Whilst they don’t create a fresh take on the subgenre, Void Of Vision are clearly getting closer to finding their signature sound, and the fury found here will help them gain momentum.
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