I’ve very much enjoyed watching Draghkar’s development, from their debut demo World Unraveled to their split with Desekryptor from earlier in the year. The Endless Howling Abyss is their first EP, and our first larger taste of what their capabilities truly are.
With a wonderfully filthy sound, Draghkar’s return is very well-received by yours truly. The band’s old-school-flavoured death metal is on better form than ever on this EP, and it’s great to see them develop further. These new songs see the band’s personality come through in their material even more, and the tracks here are more nuanced and textured than their predecessors.
Of course, there’s only so much nuance and texture you can have when it comes to death metal, so the context needs to be appreciated when reading such comments. Essentially, the band’s songwriting has improved further, and the music they have crafted on The Endless Howling Abyss sees them stepping up their game.
The tracks feature many good riffs and Draghkar obviously know how to construct some crushing guitar lines. Macabre melody is used well to create dark atmosphere, and the compositions allow for different dynamics and paces to be effectively deployed.
The singer’s deep growls are even more inhuman than they were previously, and his cavernous delivery fits well with the underground production that the EP has. Speaking of which, the band have definitely struck the right note with the recording. Savagely raw, yet solid and sturdy, The Endless Howling Abyss has exactly the kind of sound that a release like this needs. Top work.
Well, I always had high hopes for Draghkar, and so far they have continued to meet and even exceed these. If they can keep up the levels of quality that we see on this EP, then any future full length that they deliver will be a very exciting prospect indeed.
Very highly recommended.