Draghkar – The Endless Howling Abyss (2018)

Draghkar

The Endless Howling Abyss

Craneo Negro/Nameless Grave

An extremely raw offering of doom and death, Draghkar sent this one personally (it was marked “Grim”) for my observation. I honestly have to say though, I haven’t heard a production value like this since the early nineties and that doesn’t actually bother me any, as I can tell that the band were going for that kind of bass heavy sound, in which the bass can be felt even more than the drums in some instances. “Traversing The Abyss” sounds like a cavernous mist of black smog, although there are some touchy melody nodes here and there to perk it up from the caverns. Those can be discerned surprisingly well in the mix too, which astounds me. “Swallowed By The Dark” is next, offering a more straight-forward style of crypt-friendly death metal, complete with a slight “umph!” before rolling into groove. Groove is a word that I’ve said quite often at The Grim Tower and I’d guess I would be pretty guilty of overusing it. Though I can’t help what fits and here groove is definitely the name of the game. “Eternal Disintegration” starts out weirdly, but it is this weird riff that permeates the piece and really adds some uniqueness to what would otherwise be a straight-forward cut of death metal. That same sense of weirdness also makes up the album closer, “Fading Into Emptiness” which later becomes an almost punk-influenced bit of death until some quite unexpected vocals come in later on the piece. What kind, you ask? Well, after it observes what seems to be a surf rock influence and touches back into the weird, some clean howls appear right before a few nodes of Sabbathy doom to end the whole thing out on a good note. I can’t say that I’m a fan of the clean howls and commend him for attempting that, but he’s no Messiah Marcolin. In any case, I’m quite pleased with that I’ve heard here and despite the dungeon-like production quality, there’s some real merit to be found on this one. I can only expect the band’s sound to become further refined with the next one. Just no more of those crazy howls, please. I wasn’t sure what to think of that. If this kind of cavernous death/doom gone experimental sounds like it would be your thing, then give the disc a listen at the link below.

(4 Tracks, 19:00)

7/10

Purchase HERE (Bandcamp – Dude, They Have Shirts!)

7.0

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