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Crafteon
Cosmic Reawakening
October 2017
Released: 2017, Indie
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

How many times have you read a CD review where the reviewer describes the bands lyrics as Lovecraftian? Many. Using the cult American author Howard Phillip Lovecraft as lyrical inspiration is nothing new. In fact a less charitable reviewer might say it is tired or overdone. However, I don’t feel that way, I’ve never read Lovecraft so whenever I get a glimpse into his mysterious world via the lyrics and imagery of a band I always find it interesting. Hence the band name Crafteon…get it?



Crafteon is a new band from Denver, Colorado and they have just issued their independent debut album, COSMIC REAWAKENING. It’s pretty awesome. They took the time and energy to make a nice presentation with each song getting lyrics and an individual piece of art on each page of the booklet. It is well laid out and looks good, well worth getting a hard copy. The production is quite warm and full, not too trebly, like some original, second-wave, early 90’s Norwegian stuff. The band has any number of familiar touchstones, Dimmu and Cradle being two but certainly less polished and symphonic, but darker and heavier. I don’t know why but I’m hearing a bit of European vibe maybe stuff like Keep Of Kalessin, Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh but that is maybe just because I’ve been listening to a lot of those bands recently. What I hear in terms of influence could be quite different than what I’m hearing but I know what I like and I love tracks like ‘What The Moon Brings’ with it’s driving force and almost dare I say it ‘rock and roll’ beat? What I’m getting at is that the album, while fast is not all just blast-beats. COSMIC REAWKENINGS is a solid eight tracks of Lovecraft inspired Metal lyrics and music and runs a perfect length of 45 minutes. The vocals of Lord Mordiggian are gruff, very black but not screeched or hissed unintelligibly. I hear subtle swashes of what seem to be keyboards at times but there are no keyboards credited on the album so it must be my ears playing tricks on me and the band is just really good at creating that atmosphere.



There was quite a bit of buzz about this band, not in a huge way but there was certainly some on-line talk about ‘Wow this band is pretty cool’ and so I went in with a pretty good pre-disposition and I’m happy to say the general positive reception to the band is well deserved in my opinion. Crafteon is infinitely better than all that West-coast, tree hugging, ambient, hippie, post-crap excuse for US Black Metal that is saturating the scene these days. Old school and way cool, check out COSMIC REAWAKENINGS.
Track Listing

1. The Outsider
2. What the Moon Brings
3. The Temple
4. Dagon
5. The Colour Out of Space
6. The White Ship
7. From Beyond
8. The Whisperer in the Darkness

Lineup

Lord Mordiggian Vocals, Guitar
Fthaggua Guitar
Ithaqua Bass
Rhagorthua Drums

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