Reviewed: August 2021
Released: 2021, Dark Descent Records
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis
Craven Idol, stalwarts of the old school blackened thrash sound have returned with their third full-length album, Forked Tongues. As the name might suggest this is another beautifully satanic tome of pure evil put to music, however that is not the case theme-wise.
However, if you want your metal the way a strong mix of black metal’s dark ideology mixed with catchy and memorable galloping shreds from the ever-strong thrash metal world, this band have got you covered. From the moment you press play it feels like you’re on a vicious descent into the underworld accompanied by an avalanche of fiery brimstone thanks to the amazing work of drummer, Heretic Blades.
Vocalist Sadistik Vrath screams and growls through stories of demonic fantasy and blackened mythology, inspired by the story of Typhon, the fiercest titan in the Greek mythos who did battle with Zeus. For those of you who love all types of classic antiquity told in its most vicious and darkened form, then add this album to your collection.
Lengthwise, the songs mainly last only 5 or so minutes which is good for those who enjoy some old school short songs, or if your attention span is quite limited like mine. Though the band end this excellent studio outing with two 9-minute tales “Deify the Stormgod” and “The Gods Have Left Us For Dead.” Having enjoyed all the albums and been kept hooked from the beginning, I found these lengths no problem, for Craven Idol are that kind of band who know how the keep the audience focused from the get-go.
If you want a dark mythical tale of ancient deities doing battle in a setting of fire, brimstone, dark spirits and other ancient horrors, then Forked Tongues has got you covered. Well done to Craven Idol here, for they’ve solidified themselves into the highest echelon of renown in Britain’s blackened thrash world. Great Job.