UK-based coven CRAVEN IDOL and Dark Descent Records have joined forces with Decibel Magazine for an exclusive full-album stream of the band’s forthcoming debut, Towards Eschaton. Available worldwide through Dark Descent on digital, CD and vinyl formats on October 15, Towards Eschaton can be previewed now at this location.
Exploring the depths of the subterranean caverns in which they dwell, CRAVEN IDOL have reached beyond their blackened thrash roots by incorporating elements of doom, traditional heavy metal and classic death. The result is eight incantations of extreme metal as it was known in the days before the subgenre pigeonholing and trend-fucking allegiance to scenes.
Towards Eschaton, which features artwork by Paolo Girardi, represents the culmination of CRAVEN IDOL‘s dark visions to date. A coalescing of the band’s new and older material results in a mercurial assault, but one whose constituent parts each read from the same bloodied hymn sheet. Thematically the album deals primarily with the rotten fabric of religion and the depraved notions birthed upon its gilded altars. Musically the record owes fealty to the maligned era in which black and death metal juddered into unlife, born dead in cemeteries haunted by relentless riffs and the screams of the hellbound. The beasts of Bathory, Possessed, Venom, Absu, Candlemass, Sarcofago, Belial, Manilla Road, Gospel Of The Horns, Mercyful Fate, Hobbs Angel Of Death, Inquisition, Samael and Autopsy have all left their mark on Towards Eschaton.
Pre-order info is available at www.darkdescentrecords.com.
Spawned in the pits of London, CRAVEN IDOL creates ritual offerings in the earliest traditions of black and thrash metal. In 2006 a self-released demo tape materialized, and its original fifty incarnations were quickly devoured. Starlight Temple Society then fanned this early flame with a tape re-release. 2010 saw the release of the Ethereal Altars EP on MCD and vinyl via Vengeful Attakk / Hammer of Hate. In early 2013 Craven Idol signed with Dark Descent Records for the release of their debut album, Towards Eschaton, on CD and vinyl. CRAVEN IDOL features members of Scythian, Sepulchral Temple, Solstice and Deceptor. For the recording of Towards Eschaton, CRAVEN IDOL enlisted the percussive skills of Polish metal veteran Volgard.
The oath endures…
Vrath – Vocals, Guitars
Scourger – Guitar
Suspiral – Bass
Volgard – Drums