The Voynich Code
30th January 2015 - Self-Released
02. Amunet, The Decider
03. The Others
05. Decoding Of Life
06. Acta Sanct
From the first eyeball-shattering groove that breaks on The Voynich Code‘s debut EP Ignotum, there is a powerful sense that fret-bothering deathcore giants Born Of Osiris have some admirers – and the further you listen, the more it becomes apparent that they also have some competition on their hands.
After waves of copycats, the progressive deathcore sound is one that has gone a little quiet in the last year or so. With bands like Bermuda under wraps and only the usual suspects dominating the live circuit – your Born Of Osirises or Veils Of Maya – it’s a nice breath of fresh air to hear this young Portuguese five-piece’s interesting take on the sound come to the fore.
For starters, there’s an apocalyptic sound that resonates throughout the entire EP. “Amunet, The Decider” opens with a somewhat straightforward breakdown before bringing in more progressive elements, like ominous bell-like key sections and pad-triggered strings. “MS408” provides a well needed electronic interlude to the claustrophobic heaviness that encompasses the production; an ever-present aspect of Ignotum. It’s the calm before the storm’s violent summit; beckoning in the final two songs of the EP and more of the band’s signature sounds.
Nelson Rebelo’s booming vocals are consistently portentous, and while they may not be the most versatile, they pack an almighty punch. Likewise, the riffs are sharp and concise -particularly after moments of calm – and ridden with groove. The intro to “The Others” is a great example of this; it’s a brilliant blend of technicality and brutality, and well executed at that.
With their blend of technical deathcore and progressive elements, The Voynich Code are definitely going to be worth experiencing live. Even thought there are obvious comparisons to be made with more established acts, the fact that a fresh-faced band from Portugal have managed to already perfect the sound other bands have taken years to hone could be a sign that there is much more yet to come from this young group when they begin to mould their own, more defined own sound. When that happens, it’ll be exciting to see the results.