Necroven – Descent into the Cryptic Chasm 7” (2013)
Blood Harvest Records
Review by Jude Felton
The one man band seems to be a prevalent force within the world of black metal, for whatever reason, yet I have not encountered all that many within the confines of death metal. Necroven is one such band and, to tell the truth, had I not known this fact, I would have just gone on the assumption that it was a full band.
Descent into the Cryptic Chasm is a two song 7” release that has followed 2 demos (both in 2011) and a full length album in 2012, and is my introduction to this malevolent force from Las Palmas, Spain.
What this single delivers is two dirty and grimy death metal tunes of the most brutal variety. Evidently, Necroven are not an outfit that are pandering to the technical side of death metal, no sir, instead this is a descent into the unrelenting pounding of old school USDM, and it’s pretty damned good. I wasn’t too happy with the drum sound, as it did sound a little hollow in places, but the guitar sound and vocals were executed perfectly.
This is guttural death metal that has indeed crawled out of the Cryptic Chasm, and is certainly enough to pique an interest in checking out more material from Necroven. It might not offer up too much in terms of originality, but what it does deliver, it delivers very well.
1. Descent into the Cryptic Chasm
2. Weapons of Degration
Descent into the Cryptic Chasm is released on November 8th by Blood Harvest Records.