- Tiana Speter
ALBUM REVIEW: Hyperdaze (Redux) - VOID OF VISION
SINGLE Hyperdaze (Redux) // ARTIST Void Of Vision
Way back in 2019 before pandemics and isolation reigned supreme, Melbourne heavies Void Of Vision unleashed their triumphant sophomore full-length Hyperdaze, truly clearing the cobwebs of their debut Children of Chrome and living up to the sweltering hype that accompanied proceedings two years ago. But just what lies in wait for fans from the impending re-imagining, aka Hyperdaze (Redux), this Friday? In short, a collaborative battering ram that levels up the OG, while still retaining the underlying spirit.
For those perhaps not already initiated with Melbourne's Void Of Vision and their barreling rise in the metalcore and broader heavy scene, there is a lot to like in this raging quartet for fans of Parkway Drive, Architects and heavy metal throwbacks. Capable of splicing creamy clean moments with scathing demolition, Void Of Vision are also a band hungry to evolve and, interestingly, keen to cement the new chapter established on 2019's Hyperdaze with a revisit to the album dialed well up to 11.
With the ferocity and blazing audacity of the original in its wake, Hyperdaze (Redux) isn't exactly a departure, stylistically or thematically. But the cavalcade of outside talent assembled to team-up for each individual track is really where we see Void Of Vision's strengths amplified, and the ability for the band to relinquish the reigns somewhat without careening out of what makes them so unique as a band.
From the twisting shift of Thornhill's Jacob Charlton on opening track Year Of The Rat, to the prowling addition of Ecca Vandal on the menaced Decay, there's a refreshing blend of old and new to discover for diehard fans, as well as the opportunity to appreciate the burgeoning musicianship of the band as a whole as their songs are filtered through new lenses
"THE PEOPLE I HAND-PICKED FOR EACH TRACK NOT ONLY BRING THEIR OWN INFLUENCE ON BOARD, BUT ALSO BUILD ON WHAT WAS ALREADY SUCH AN EMOTIONALLY HEAVY RELEASE. IT’S FULLY SHAKEN THE ALBUM UP AND SPAT IT OUT SOMEHOW EVEN MORE POWERFUL THAN THE ORIGINAL. WE ARE SUPER PROUD THAT WE COULD CREATE SUCH A BOLD AND COLLABORATIVE PROJECT AND STILL HAVE IT TRANSLATE AS WE ORIGINALLY INTENDED IT TO." - Jack Bergin, Void Of Vision vocals
The fact that Void Of Vision are a band who frequently draw comparisons to other metalcore luminaries and peers only amplifies the choice to bring in outside features on every one of the ten tracks on Hyperdaze (Redux). And with names like Bobak Rafiee (Justice For The Damned), Jamie Hails (Polaris) and Ken Koie (Crossfaith) to name but a few extras, the behemoth force of dark and dazzling light and shade on this brand new release is a show of unity and ingenuity from one of Australia's primary metalcore acts. The breakdowns are plenty, the beats are tight, the blerghs are brawling and the new flavours are enough to make this jaunt worthwhile for anyone revisiting, or perhaps just passing through for the first time. Hyperdaze was certainly a bundle of flawless brutality two years ago, and its twin release is an equal yet unique triumph.
VOID OF VISION'S RE-IMAGINED HYPERDAZE (REDUX) IS DUE OUT THIS FRIDAY MARCH 5 VIA UNFD. FOR MORE INFO, HEAD HERE.
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HYPERDAZE (REDUX) TRACK LISTING:
1. Year Of The Rat (ft. Jacob Charlton from Thornhill)
2. Babylon (ft. Bobak Rafiee from Justice For The Damned)
3. If Only (ft. Lucas Woodland from Holding Absence)
4. Slave To The Name (ft. Jamie Hails from Polaris)
5. Adrenaline (Jon Deiley Remix)
6. Hole In Me (ft. Ken Koie from Crossfaith)
7. Kerosene Dream (ft. Garrett Russell from Silent Planet)
8. Decay (ft. Ecca Vandal)
9. Splinter (ft. Kadeem France from Loathe)
10. Hyperdaze (Up Late Remix)
BY TIANA SPETER