This is what happens to musicians in lockdown...
Last year we featured Void of Vision's 'Hole In Me' as a Track of the Week, in that review I said we could include the Melbourne based group in any list of amazing Aussie Metalcore bands. Since then, they've dropped their second studio album Hyperdaze, which includes today's track, and current single 'Decay'.
Hyperdaze dropped back in September of 2019 and was met with massive amounts of love from the fans and critics. Void of Vision toured quite extensively in Australia and even headlined a bunch of shows in Japan at the start of the year, and I can only assume they had planned on more of the same, before COVID decided that almost all of mankind should become introverted and stay inside for a couple of months.
I know a lot of people were frustrated during the lockdown, but something tells me Void of Vision's vocalist Jack Bergin felt it worse: “Before isolation hit we had a lot in the pipeline that was completely thrown out the window, including an elaborate music video idea which was immediately sidelined. We still wanted to pump out some form of visual for another track from the album, so fortunately these setbacks left us looking outside the box for opportunities to create.
Inspiration for this new clip came as the lease at my current rental finished up, leaving us with a blank canvas in the form of an empty house and leftover music video props. Going in with a budget of $0 was something very different for us but we managed to come out with a super simple yet effective isolation home movie. (Yes, we got our bond back).”
The result is akin to a video diary of the decent into madness.
As for the track itself, 'Decay' is awesome, it has killer riffs that mix perfectly with the background synth which also features in Bergin's vocals, the whole effect gives 'Decay' a hint of a futuristic feel, the late breakdown is not too over the top and fits to a T within the song. Lyrically 'Decay' is as nihilist as it comes, which is a recurrent theme on Hyperdaze, and Void of Vision's music as a whole.
'Decay' was already a great tune on an awesome album, and I feel the low budget lockdown made video, that fits with its lyrical content has pushed it further in my mind. Since I've seen the clip, I now think 'Decay' is my favourite track off Hyperdaze. That is the power of an amazingly well done vid folks.