Draghkar formed in 2016 as a nod to the foregone Finnish death metal days. This California-based trio put out their first demo as a cassette (remember those?) in 2017, entitled World Unraveled. In early 2018, they had two split albums done with Desekryptor and Ossuarium. This latest EP, The Endless Howling Abyss, will be released by Craneo Negro Records with a limited number of cassettes on Nameless Grave Records.
The Endless Howling Abyss is four songs and 20 minutes in length total. Draghkar have cut away the technical filling to give this album a focused, raw, classic death metal sound. What you hear is probably what you would get live. Although I appreciate the classic death metal sounds of yesteryear’s tape trading days, I find that the instrumentation could have been more organized and and with more chemistry among the songs.
The riffs delivered via “Eternal Disintegration (Of the Body and of the Mind)” are a saving grace, but otherwise, Draghkar‘s The Endless Howling Abyss lacks enthusiasm.
The Endless Howling Abyss is out July 27 on Craneo Negro Records / Nameless Grave Records. Buy it here!