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Formed in 2017, VOIDSCAPE delivers a strain of melodic death metal that is catchy yet scathing. Having previously released a demo and a single, guitarist Rob Torres, drummer Justin "Ninja" Spaeth (Tombs, Abacinate), and frontman Mike Ximenez (Replicant, Windfaerer) now present their debut EP, Odyssey of Spite. Here, VOIDSCAPE administers bitter-sweet leads, monstrous riffs, and verses of human despair inflicted by viscous howls. Each composition is a melancholic journey rife with introspection and heaviness. The EP was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Rob Torres at his own Frightbox Recording in Passaic, and completed with artwork, photography, and layout by Mike Ximenez.
With the lead single, Ximenez writes, “‘Burden Of Breathing’ is about experiencing anxiety and being overwhelmed by existence. Your spirit is being hauled around by a mortal sack of cells with pain receptors and you’re hyper-focusing on the negative, unpleasant experiences. It’s about yearning for an escape when the pressures of life are getting you down. The world seems insane and sometimes it’s best to take time and disconnect from the zeitgeist. Don't forget to breathe. Keep driving that cell sack and see where it takes you.”
"Apparently if you’re looking for a desolate, depressing place to film a video, look no further than the Jersey Shore in the middle of winter. Melodic death metal trio, VOIDSCAPE, found the perfect setting for their latest single… The tune is hyper melodic musically with Torres repeating a complex hypnotic riff over Ximenez’s growled vocals. The contrast between the two creates the tension that successfully powers the mid-tempo tune." - Decibel Magazine
"A quick hitting five song affair, listeners can expect a sound that is aggressive while catchy, straightforward enough to keep the hooks on point – incorporating a mix of influences globally to set themselves apart from the pack." – Dead Rhetoric
"VOIDSCAPE plucks a vital nostalgic string tucked deep in my heart – though the New Jersey-based band doesn’t sound exactly like the melodic death metal that I grew up with, their new EP Odyssey of Spite is completely unafraid to enrich their vicious death metal core with a synth-boosted melodicism that’s indulgently weird and expressive, and reminds me of sounds long buried by a zest for mainstream appeal. At the same time, VOIDSCAPE differentiate themselves from other melodic death metal revival acts by focusing more on catchiness and diversifying their attack — this is evident in the guitar work, which combine more traditional death metal riffs with explorative leads that let the absolutely sublime bass tone shine through, and how the anthemically delivered, anguished vocals lend themselves to killer choruses." - Invisible Oranges
"VOIDSCAPE is here to shatter your eardrums with their new single ‘The Unsaved.’ Coupled with an equally dark music video from Ximenez, ‘The Unsaved’ is brutal through and through." - Metal Injection