KRAWORATH “Instinct to Kill”
If you cannot find the right musicians to form a band and accomplish your musical vision then do everything yourself. That is what Roman Kartashov from Saratov, Russia, has done with his brutal Death Metal outfit Kraworath. Roman loves brutal US-style Death Metal à la Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Internal Bleeding and such. Uncompromising and mercilessly brutal, filled with savage and primitive aggression, that is what Kraworath music is really all about. Instinct to Kill, the debut album from Kraworath, should please many brutal Death Metal fans out there especially fans of the aforementioned bands. Vocals, guitars and bass have all been carefully played but the programmed drums tend to make the songs a bit too robotic and clinical sounding. Roman should at least consider hiring a real human drummer for Kraworath. It would make a real impact on Kraworath songs. Keeping in mind Kraworath is just one-man project, I think we should take our hats off to Romans accomplishments and dedication. This is nowhere near as bad as you might think and, in fact, it is a pretty decent release.
KRAWORATH “Instinct to Kill”
Aside from being the home of more one man black metal bedroom acts and pagan themed folk metal outfits than you can count, Russia is also home to a surprisingly active and virulent brutal death metal scene, with bands like 7 H.Target, Katalepsy and Abominable Putridity leading the charge. Kraworath, based along the Volga River in Saratov, is a one man brutal death metal outfit that has, to date, released two full length albums; Instinct to Kill (2014) and Purification Through Pain (2015). Instinct to Kill is the bands debut album and was originally released digitally in March of 2014 and then on CD by More Hate Productions in September of the same year. Cold Raw Records then reissued the album on a limited run of CD-Rs in March of 2015. Performed by the young Roman Kartashov, Kraworaths style is firmly rooted in brutal death metal, featuring tons of blistering trem riffs, chunky chord progressions, breakneck speed percussion and deep, roaring vocals. The percussion seems to have a nonstop barrage of snare pops and running double bass, only briefly relenting when the music focuses on slow paced, rhythmic chugs. Kartashov clearly has some solid guitar skills, as the riffs are razor sharp and there are flashes technical fretboard wizardry, but it is never overly flashy or takes away from the constant barrage of pummeling brutal death metal. The albums thirty-seven minute running time begins to wear on the listener, as there are not any respites throughout the entirety. “Cannibal Revelation” and “Werewolf” sport about the slowest sections of the album, and even then the percussion to seems to continue at warp speed while the chunky riffs slow down. Instinct to Kill is fast paced, with some tempos bordering on grindcore at times but never fully embracing it. The production is crystal clear and quite superb, especially for a one man bands debut album, allowing the sharp riffing and abrasive vocals a front seat in the mix. The lyrics are rather juvenile, standing pretty much par as far as basic brutal death metal lyrics go. Really, this is not an album that is going to turn any nonbelievers into diehard brutal death metal fanatics. It is not the most imaginative album on earth, but it is solid as far a pummeling brutal death metal is concerned.
KRAWORATH “Purification Through Pain”
Russian Roman Kartashov does not want to make compromises. It is easy to pull all the strings if a) you do everything yourself, including writing both music and lyrics and b) you handle all instruments yourself without any outsiders telling you what to do. Kraworath is a one-man band, the sole creation of Mr. Kartashov, who has done everything from playing guitars to vocals to programming the bass and drums. It must take some time to learn to do everything from start to finish and I can only imagine how rewarding it must be to finally deliver the goods. Purification Through Pain is Kraworaths second album and relies heavily on US technical Death Metal bringing to mind names such as Cannibal Corpse, Deicide and Dying Fetus without sounding too much like any one of them. Roman has undoubtedly dedicated a lot of time getting Kraworath sound to be as professional and carefully crafted as it is even if some of the programmed drum parts might sound a bit too robotic and cold. Despite this Roman has a good sense of Death Metal arrangement and it shows on Purification Through Pain. There is nothing on this record he should be ashamed of. On the contrary, I believe he should be proud of his accomplishments. For fans of Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus and such, here is something worth sacrificing your organs of hearing to.
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