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Krvsade - Judgement Day

Judgement Day
by Quinten Serna at 12 February 2020, 10:18 AM

The macabre and morbid: subjects rarely touched or graced by creatives due to their malign and decrepit nature, and yet still despite - or perhaps in spite - common abandon and opinion they still hold certain sentimental sways over us, forever yet coaxing us into certain methods of thought and catharsis and just as Lovecraft explores the depths of the human condition through Randolph Carter’s search for knowledge so too does KRVSADE explore darker themes through “Judgement Day”.

The leading track begins with a hastened quick step immediately counting into the torrent of metal that is “Judgement Day”. The song manages a small refrain from intensity during the pre-chorus and immediately surges back through accentuated arpeggios whilst weaving in and out of relentless tremolo progressions. A much slower song, at least by introduction, “Keep It In The Church” has more rhythmic complexity to it additionally it sports tempo intricacies moving in and out of faster rhythms along with pairing them with drums that either follow mirror in speed and intensity or juxtapose the rhythms.

“Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again”. The creator of the Dunwich Horror, offspring of the Nameless Mist, the key and the gate, the Outer God Yog-Sothoth cares not for the trifling nature of humans, creatures, or cosmic beings; a creature of unknown form and origins whose intentions cannot be comprehended by lesser creatures, such is the subject of the ending song, “The Key And The Gate”. A slow burn commences the song, a solemn and somber chord progression accentuated and matched by drums the combination of which becomes the verse.

The instruments are well recorded with the drums having an intense pop and blast behind each beat, something I’ve never truly heard before in a recorded piece but that I think works well for the band in their pursuits. The guitars are crispy and bold leaving room for both the bottom end and the vocals. The bass is solid, defined, and even whimsical in some instances, though is difficult to discern in certain areas. The vocals illustrate perfectly the raw energy of the band, and are themselves remarkably easy to discern.

Strewn between the avenues of Thrash and Death Metal, KRVSADE, does well to carve their own path in the niche compartmentalization of each and has a special place on my playlist for their eldritch track on seeking Yog-Sothoth, whose song title comes from the Lovecraft short story Through The Gates Of The Silver Key. There does exist elements of each track that feels a bit trite or banal, but the ability of the band to build on one another is remarkable and well incorporated; cold, boisterous, and energetic each track serves as a prelude to a much more grand machination, and “Judgement Day” as a whole serves as proof of what’s to come.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Judgement Day
2. Keep It In The Church
3. The Key And The Gate
Jeb Laird - Bass
Keegan Dennis - Drums
Andre Evans - Guitars and Vocals
Arthur Reid - Guitars
Record Label: Independent


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