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The Shackles Of Mammon
Released: 2017, Dark Descent
Reviewer: John Haseltine
It has been four long years for fans to wait for the sophomore release by London’s extreme metal act Craven Idol. For those of you waiting, it is with great pleasure that I can tell you that you will not be disappointed. For those who are unfamiliar with the bands relentless style of blackened thrash metal, you are too in for a treat.
I am one of those who can be pretty picky when it comes to black metal. In general, if it strikes a chord with me, I’ll like it. If it does not, oh well. I am however a thrash maniac. When the two genres are merged, it is a hope that only good things will happen. And that it is what happens here with THE SHACKLES OF MAMMON.
Musically, Craven Idol does their genre right. No complaints here. A style that is in the vein of Destroyer 666, Bathory, Inquisiton, and Razor of Occam, Craven Idol weaves you through a world of atmospheric mayhem. From blistering blast beats to more throwback breaks of various metal variations.
Lyrically, THE SHACKLES OF MAMMON are where one would expect a band of this style a caliber to be. Delving into the darkest days of history, anti-Christianity, occultism, and the vices of man, these tracks are not for the faint of heart. Those who are, have already steered away before the play button was hit.
And though most of the albums tracks follow a fairly steady blueprint from start to finish, it is a very well-drawn blueprint. A couple of tracks to me that stand out just a bit above the rest are: “A Ripping Strike”, ”Hunger”, and “Tottering Cities of Men”.
2. A Ripping Strike
3. Black Flame Divination
4. The Trudge
5. Dashed to Death
6. Mammon Est
8. Tottering Cities of Men
Immolator of Sadistik Wrath: Guitars/vocals
Heretic Blades: drums
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