Artificial Void contains 58 minutes of technical wizardry and complex structures and fuses them into a modern progressive metal journey that’s a rather impressive achievement. Not the least of this is because the album takes a vibrant, fresh approach to what could easily be tired and stale in another band’s lesser hands, (and frequently is).
Incorporating elements of modern metal, technical metal, industrial, metalcore, and djent into a cinematic progressive metal framework, Unprocessed are skilled at making the most of their influences in ways that most similar bands do not. Artificial Void takes some of the best parts of this sort of contemporary style, and minimises its reliance on the weaker aspects usually prevalent in such a work.
As a general rule I dislike most things touched by the sickeningly average hand of djent, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with the style itself; most bands just play it really poorly. Unprocessed are not one of those bands. The djent aspects of this album are high quality and the type of example of the style that I really enjoy. Also, as the djent is merged with the other styles mentioned above, Artificial Void is by far better than you might expect if you have a healthy scepticism reserved for this sort of modern metal style.
Contrary to the band’s name this album is heavily processed and polished, but rather than killing the band’s soul, it somehow enhances it. Unprocessed manage to make the complex and technical nature of the material work for them, and the songs they have created have an infectious life of their own. Combining instant-appeal heaviness with a lighter touch and plenty of longevity-serving substance, these songs are catchy and memorable as well as having depth. The djent and metalcore aspects of the band provide the force, but the atmospheric progressive metal provides the emotion and feeling. Together, especially when combined with their talented singer, Artificial Void is a hugely impressive achievement.
Unprocessed’s latest album is an exemplar of modern djent-influenced technical/progressive metal, and a really high quality advertisement letting people that usually write off this kind of style know that it can definitely deliver the goods when in the right hands.
Very highly recommended.