Band – Void Angel
Album – Winds From Paradise
Country of Origin – UK
Genre – Blackthrash
Release Date – February 12, 2021
Label – Independent Release
Author – Hayduke X
Hailing from the UK, Void Angel is an explicitly antifascist (solidarity!) raw blackthrash project with some real teeth. Winds of Paradise, a brief fifteen minute EP, marks their second offering. As many of you know, I’m super picky about blackthrash. Too much of it sounds like recycled riffs played like garbage, in order to capture that raw feel. Void Angel most certainly DOES NOT fall into this trap. This release has real riffs, played well, and yet retains that rugged feeling through production choices. That’s not to say the production is bad. Everything can be heard clearly. It’s not polished though, and it ends up working really well.
Equally important to the music, is the message. Dragged Backwards say:
You speak of progress? The birth of a nation?
All human history’s just escalation
Time’s running out, these empires won’t last
And hell awaits when you run out of past
Ask yourself what progress really means and if the cost is worth it. Further than that, Void Angel puts their money where their mouth is, donating proceeds to the revolutionary social struggle. At the time of this writing, all proceeds from sales will go to the Bent Bars Project. https://www.bentbarsproject.org/
Though this release is brief, it’s a good taste of what will hopefully be coming. Quality composition presented in a raw manner that really grabs the listener viscerally. Full support for Void Angel and what they stand for!
Biography: Hayduke X has been writing for MoshPitNation since June of 2016. He is also a contributor to The Metal Wanderlust. Prior to joining the MoshPitNation team, Hayduke published reviews on his own blog Rage and Frustration. In addition, he has DJ’ed an online metal radio show of the same name as his blog, written for TOmetal.com, done interviews for Metal Rules, and collaborated with The Art of B Productions to create video interviews with a wide variety of bands.