“Cosmic Reawakening”

By Dr. Abner Mality

H.P. Lovecraft as an influence for a metal band is about as innovative as getting a tribal tattoo or putting ketchup on French fries. I love the Old Gentleman of Providence but he’s a bit old hat in metal circles. However, I can tell when a true devotee of the Cthulhu Mythos is involved with the music and Lord Mordiggian of Denver’s Crafteon seems to be such a one.

This emerged as a very enjoyable release despite its well-worn theme. Very few American black metal bands sound as authentically European as Crafteon.  Mordiggian mentions the band’s resemblance to Swedish BM in the press sheet and indeed, that influence is very noticeable here. I’d say Crafteon has the fast but darkly melodic style of bands like Dissection, Naglfar and Limbonic Art down pat and all of the songs here have very strong hooks. “What The Moon Brings” practically throbs with blackened power, “The Colour Out of Space” evokes the cosmic mystery of the great Lovecraft story that inspired it and “Dagon” has a kind of grim majesty to its soaring riffs. This is orthodox BM at its best. My one quibble is that the mixing seems to be out of balance…the bass is so loud it overwhelms and the wall of sound that Crafteon conjures tends to be somewhat muddy.

As you can tell, a number of Lovecraft favorites are transferred to life here. Many Lovecraftian bands seem to favor crushing death/doom or super-technical death metal so it’s rather nice to hear a classic black metal take on H.P.’s tales. This album is recommended to fans of Lovecraft and Swedish black metal alike.