Black metal based on H.P. Lovecraft you say? Is there any better combination? Of course there isn’t! And that’s exactly what Crafteon peddle, a brand of melodic black metal rich in Cthulhu’s and other sticky monster stuff.
If you’ve ever embraced the works of Lovecraft, gorged on the film adaptations of Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon, Dreams In The Withchouse etc) and revelled in the kind of black metal pioneered by Dissection, then Crafteon’s debut album will make you go week at the jellified knees!
Speaking of Dagon, Crafteon’s track of the same name is a highlight, an otherworldly version of events based on Lovecraft’s short story and a fitting tribute to a masterwork of horror literature.
Make no mistake, Cosmic Reawakening is sincere Lovecraft worship, latched onto highly melodic black metal that’s not only delivered with aplomb, it is true horror made flesh (or in audible form if you’re felling particularly pedantic).
High drama prevails as Crafteon expertly craft a journey that’s fantastical and feverish in its intensity and its genius lies in its subterfuge. You see, Cosmic Reawakening creeps up on you, unnerving, hideous yet strangely hypnotic and its horrors appear to lurk under the surface, masked by melody. To quote the great man himself, “with only a slight churning to mark its rise to the surface, the thing slid into view above the dark waters. Vast, Polyphemus-like, and loathsome”.
That’s a pretty apt description of Cosmic Reawakening even if we do say so ourselves! 8/10