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, “Grief Eclipse,” which as evidenced by its title has a strong melancholy vibe. The video alternates between bleak shore vistas and the band—Rob Torres (guitars/bass), Mike Ximenez (vocals), Justin Spaeth (drums)—performing on rooftops in a Jersey industrial district. 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. (Ximenez, aka Michael Goncalves, also does time in Windfaerer and Replicant, while Spaeth is a member of Tombs.)
“Grief Eclipse” is taken from the trio’s upcoming five-track EP, Odyssey Of Spite, which was engineered, mixed and mastered by Torres at his own Frightbox Recording in Passaic, New Jersey. It’s set for release on CD, cassette and digital formats on March 31. Find preorders and links to streaming points and more at Nefarious Industries here.
Here are Ximenez’s thoughts on the video and song:
“The video was shot at the shore during the winter, where everything seems abandoned and forgotten. ‘Grief Eclipse’ deals with falling into a life-sucking parasitic void and allowing it to obscure your identity. It’s about losing sight of yourself and in effect having negativity reign. Feelings of self-doubt, failure, and futility can consume you as you become their vessel. As often as you try to claw your way out or break free you’re perpetually pulled back into the grip of darkness. The song itself has a smooth melody that carries through the piece creating a sort of mellow heavy contemplative vibe.”