Sunday 27 August 2017

KAVRILA - Blight (Album Review)

Release date: August 04th 2017. Label: Backbite Records / Breathe Plastic Records / Medusa Crush Recordings. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Blight – Tracklisting

1.Each 02:11
2.Lungs 03:26
3.Abandon 03:13
4.Gold 04:04
5.Demolish 02:41
6.Golem 02:25
7.Apocalypse 01:24
8.Each (Part Two) 05:08


Sludge/Doom Punks Kavrila release their debut album Blight to an unsuspecting audience. Expect 25 minutes of pissed of Sludge/Doom/Punk brutality. It's such a shame the album is on too damn short as Kavrila create a highly volatile and brutally exciting atmosphere.

From the opening distorted sounds of the first track – Each – Kavrila grab you by the balls and play a fast-paced style of Sludge/Doom/Punk with almost indescribable vocals and fast-paced riffs that means you're on the edge of your seat throughout the album.

Second track Lungs sees Karvila play a more standard sludge based song. It has moments of thrash style riffs and a gloomy post-hardcore/post-metal feel. The album is perhaps best suited for the more extreme metal fan. As Karvila venture into some pretty dark places as the lyrics and vocals don't shy away from the dark topics that is included on the album.

Kavrila blast their way through the other songs on album like a violent and out of control tornado. With the music being extremely harsh with a hardcore punk sound being the main focus. Songs such as Abandon, Demolish, Golem and Each (Part Two) having the fiercest and heaviest riffs on the album.

Blight is superbly and masterfully produced. As the whole sound of the album is EXTREMELY LOUD and clear from the start. My main issue with the album is the running time. It's on too damn short. The album could have easily benefited for a couple more songs.

Overall, Blight is an exciting and provocative album. If you're a fan of EyeHateGod and THOU then you'll be in your element with this album. This ranks as one of the heaviest Sludge Metal albums released this year.

Words by Steve Howe

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