As you all know, Gehennah have been force to cancel all their upcoming shows, including their appearance at Old Grave Fest 2017. Replacing the self-styled kings of the sidewalk would be a big ask even with ample time in hand and, with the sudden cancellation taking place just a month before the fest, it is downright impossible. However, we do feel that we owe all of you to not simply leave the bill one band short, so we decided to simply find a act that deserves, in its own right, to be a part of the Old Grave, and that act is Craven Idol.
Spawned in 2005 in London, Craven Idol is rooted in that timeless place where extreme metal defies categorization. To label them as blackened thrash would be an easy way out, but there’s no denying that heavy metal is somewhere at the back of it all or that riffs often border on death metal. The statement that you can read between the lines is that the crux of the evolution of extreme metal is somewhere in the 80s, but nothing on the two full length releases feels dated. The debut, Towards Eschaton, came out in 2013, among excellent company on the Dark Descent label roster, displaying impressive skill in shifting patterns, from the hymn-like opener, To Summon Mayrion, to the manic thrashing closer, Orgies. Hard to top but not impossible: four years of toil produced the sophomore full-length, The Shackles of Mammon, released this year on the same Dark Descent label. A display of songwriting maturity, with the same razor-sharp edge, and attention to detail, from the perfectly suited production to the cover art, by Daniel Corcuera, a powerful take on Sascha Schneider’s 1896 wood carving Mammon und sein Sklave.
Please note that due to logistics reasons, we have had to shift the band schedules, so that Urn will play on Friday October 13th and Craven Idol on Saturday October 14th. The exact times will follow, in a few days.
Embrace of Thorns
Angel of Damnation
Two days passes, at the price of 130 lei/29 eur, can be found at http://www.rtmc.ro/old-grave-fest-2017/tickets/, on www.iabilet.ro, in Private Hell Bar (Strada Soarelui 5, Bucuresti), at Titus Constantinescu (tel. 0722814991) and at http://www.letsrock.ro/…/OLD+GRAVE+FEST+Necrophobic+Gehenna… or directly from Romanian Thrash Metal Club members. One day tickets, at the price of 70 lei/16 euro, are available on http://www.rtmc.ro/tickets-2017/ and on https://www.iabilet.ro/site/event/26555/.