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Voidgazer – Dance of the Undesirables

Voidgazer
Dance of the Undesirables
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 28 August 2021, 11:11 AM

VOIDGAZER is a Progressive/Sludge/Grindcore band based out of St. Louis, Missouri. Formed in 2016, this is their second EP, which contains five tracks. Let that intro sink in for a second…Progressive/Sludge/Grindcore? What three genres could possibly be more unalike? But, I always enjoy a good mash-up, so let’s see what these guys are all about.

The opening track is “Just Take the Needle.” It beings with a raspy rhythm guitar section, and some raucous drumming. Death vocals come into play as the song slows to a grinding pace. Aggressive tones dominate from there, along with some Progressive elements, mostly in the super-tight and ever-moving meter. The band is skilled…no doubt…and the mash-up is quite unique. Do I hear some Thrash towards the end? “Expectations Management” opens with a mid-tempo rhythm of crunchy guitars and some harsh vocals. Some moments of unexpected melody even rear their head here…dare I say I sang along? This band is full of surprises so far.

“Dance of the Undesirables” is an eight-and-half-minute beast, beginning with heavy and aggressive tones, with incensed harsh vocals and some chaos. Interestingly, the song is structured amidst the pandemonium. Suddenly, a dexterous and bluesy guitar solo enters as the song changes on a dime to a Jazzy sound. The chaos returns…two-fold. “Blast Equalizer” begins with some melody amidst the darkened sound. The melodic notes are mostly hidden between passages of chaos and brutality, but are still there. Around the half-way mark comes a deep breakdown that will shake you to your core. A strong ending ensues from there.

“Sexual Sadist Serial Slasher” closes the album. Beginning with easy tones, it segues rather quickly into a fast-moving river of debris, soaking and enveloping everything in its path. It deepens as it moves along, swallowing the very earth. Overall, I have to say, even if this wasn’t my usual genre of music that I listen to, the guys are very talented, and you have to appreciate that. The combination of various styles makes for a particular listening experience that you have probably not heard before. The main question is…will it appeal to a wide audience of Metal listeners? Probably not, but that’s is OK, as that is the very foundation upon where Metal music was founded in the first place.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Just Take the Needle
2. Expectations Management
3. Dance of the Undesirables
4. Blast Equalizer
5. Sexual Sadist Serial Slasher
Lineup:
Austin Rakey – Guitars
Omar Olivares II – Vocals
Mitchell Bussone – Bass
Kyle McNeil – Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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