Album Review: Voidnaga – “Demo MMXVI” (EP)

VoidnagaAs the field of black/death metal grows more crowded and more bands are bent on creating vibes of total destruction with their music, it’s easier as a listener to become desensitized to the blastbeating, the churning tempest of ugly riffs, and the bestial vocals. As is the trend with any sound that is on an upward trajectory to popularity, the gems of blackened death metal must be dug out from the bottom, underneath all of the hype and crafted press releases. Malaysian one-man project Voidnaga‘s first demo, simply titled Demo MMXVI, hardly carries the usual connotation of a “demo” — it is an absolute bulldozer of a release with potent songcraft that, although not earning points for originality, is more than sufficient to please listeners with it ritualistic ugliness.  Continue reading