"Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensions Unravel"

By Dr. Abner Mality

VOIDCEREMONY is yet another addition to California's rapidly growing death metal scene. They have a sound that tries to merge highly technical riffing with the grisly and "cavernous" of bands like NECROT, FETID and MORTUUOUS. They also have the vaguely sci-fi lyrical bent that so many new death metal bands seem duty bound to include, full of 20 buck words and nebulous "cosmic" terminology. See the long-winded and rather confused album title for confirmation.

It takes a while for VOIDCEREMONY to hit their stride, but they do eventually get there. There are so many bands working this general territtory that it's increasingly more difficult to make a breakthrough. The first couple of songs here are effective but not particularly memorable death metal tunes that tare mostly in a super-fast mode. With song number three "Empty Grand Majesty (Cyclical Descent of Causality)", VOIDCEREMONY reaches out for something more and finds it. The song really does have a "majestic" feel to it...imagine something ATHEIST might have done, only with the primitive grainy sound of an INCANTATION. The time changes here are very cool and keep you hooked. The rest of the album continues on this sort of path, with closer "Solemn Reflections of the Void" being another corker.

VOIDCEREMONY are operating in a crowded field. Right now they could go either way....develop into something real interesting or wind up as just another "grim" death metal band. I await with interest to see which way they will go.