There are certain words to describe death metal such as: filthy, dirty, grimy, sordid, etc. All of those words can be used to describe Ravens Creed. Their new album off of Xtreem Music is jam packed with thirteen songs of some dirty grinding death metal. Each song is short-save for the thirteen minute closer-taking on a grind approach yet the songs still have that death metal vibe to it. As the album runs you feel yourself getting filthier and filthier by the minute. You become drenched in blood and grime as you headbang your way through the never ending battle field that is death metal.
Ravens Krieg is a marching stomp through the body riddled fields of war. There is not much time between songs to get ready for the next as the album moves swiftly from one to the next. Ravens Krieg feels like a blast from a Panzer Tank, and after the damage they still steamroll you into paste.
From the opener you get the sense that Ravens Creed is out to blast a crater sized hole in your head. They play fast and intense never letting up on their blitzkrieg. They attack quick only to recede for a moment only to come back just as fast and hard hitting with the next song.
As mentioned above the songs are short which is where the grind comes in, and that is pretty much where the grind stops. Each song is more controlled and calculated than that of a grind record. So the songs are short and certainly furious, but overall the music is more focused and on point.
Combining the two elements of grind and death metal give Ravens Creed that option though to be as chaotic as possible. While the songs are a drill to the cranium never once does the record sound like a bunch of noise that was crammed together to create a release. Instead, one furious song leads into the next fueling and propelling the blasting album forward into oblivion.
The ever fiery album is fueled by razor sharp riffs and is supplemented by calculated drumming. The bass provides a nice back bone to each song making the overall sound heavier and meaner. Over top the instruments the vocalist spews filthy gritty vocals over every track.
The superb instrumentation along with the filthy sordid vocals provide the listener with a filthy blood soaked good time. Don’t think that you will be able to hide from the grenade blasts of these thirteen songs, hiding in the trenches will not do you any good. Through all of the writhing madness, and through all of the carnage that Ravens Krieg seeks out, this album was made with the death metal fan in mind. If you are an avid fan, or just a casual one, this album should belong on your shelf.