Released: 2014, Wraith Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
“Slow, dark […] like an abandoned insane asylum” is the description of this Russian duo’s first musical endeavour. They’re labelled as doom/black metal/rock, which gives me very high hopes of an aural pleasing of epic proportions when I press play on the proverbial tape. Sadly, I’m in for quite a disappointment instead. So, their intentions may be well and good, but their lack of actually performing is overwhelmingly diminishing any notion of doom and gloom. Granted, they might be well on their way to send me to an asylum, but that’s only due to their ability to drive me nuts from playing the guitar so poorly.
“So, Matt, what do they actually sound like, then?” Well I’ll tell you – Think of their songs like drawn out intermezzo’s one often finds on any number of black metal albums. More a mood-setter than actual songs as it were, droning and swirling guitar riffs and chanting vocals coming from far away, as if one is listening to the cries of a ghost long since passed. If this is their agenda, then they’re very much on to something, indeed, they just need to polish up on their axe-wielding skills and learn how to weed out the superfluous bits in their soundscape.
Right now, there's too much noise and odd bits of guitar-fiddling-about that makes absolutely no sense to me. It’s like listening to Black Sabbath and Dream Theater at the same time: By themselves – excellent. Together – a sonic mess that leaves you drained and confused.
Given time, I’m sure they’ll make something of themselves, but for now – I’ll pass and stick with Watain and Alcest, two of my all-time fave bands who really know how to cook up a batch of emotionally quivering tunes. Now I just have to figure out what the heck their moniker means. “Strafk”? Well, it can’t be any worse than “Kvist”, I suppose.
Review by: Mattias Nilsson