Craven Idol - The Shackles Of Mammon LP (Black vinyl)
I had a lot of fun with 2013’s Towards Eschaton. It sat right in this nice little sweet spot between blackened death metal and heavy/speed metal where it had just enough Motorhead influence to be fun and easily enjoyable, but had enough grit to avoid coming off thin and superficial. It’s unfortunately a common pitfall of bands that blend an extreme aesthetic with 80’s metal influences (something like Speedwolf comes to mind as an example). Craven Idol is a bit more whimsical and melodic than most bands you’ll find on Dark Descent’s roster, and I, for one, consider the change of pace to be quite refreshing.