Night of the World: Drive the Knife Deeper

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Night of the World: Drive the Knife Deeper
Black Metal
Folter Records
February 15th, 2013
Release length: 27:42
Website
Night of the World is a Polish Black Metal three-piece that formed in 2011. Of the members in the group, all of which are refered to by initials, there’s NTR (also known as Namtar) as the vocalist, who is also involved with Furia, Massemord, and formerly Arkona to name a few side projects. Guitarist, bassist, and sampler “AM” and drummer “ML” both appear to have little other band experience under their belts, or just don’t seem to acknowledge any others in the past. Drive the Knife Deeper marks their debut album about two years later after being picked up by Faltor Records, and clocks in a little under half-an-hour. Do they take advantage of this shorter debut effort, or does Drive the Knife Deeper fail to impress?

It’s obvious that Night of the World is geared towards being more of a modern blastbeat fueled Black Metal band than anything. This is immediately on display with “Throatcrush,” having blistering bass kicks and somewhat faster riffs at work. Unfortunately, the chords have a dull distortion that doesn’t help to give the material any sort of major bite. Even when the pace slows down around the half-way mark and tries to give a simpler, catchier performance, it just remains uninspiring. Then there’s “Drive the Knife or Yourself Deeper,” which starts off on a aggressive scale, but gives way to slower material towards the end that just isn’t good at all. It tries to be creepy, but some notes sound off, and the even the drums seem a little exhausted. Thankfully these are the only two that really miss the mark.

“The Substance of Radical Negativity” is a much stronger track that has a little extra complexity in the performance that does bare its fangs to intimidate the listener a lot more. This is pretty consistent through much of it, but does taper off into some mid-tempo material towards the end that hits just as hard. “Urbi Et Orbi” is just a punishing beast all on its own, going straight for the juggular while frothing at the mouth with pure hatred that drips off the tighter guitars. The shouting vocals have been replaced with an enthusiastic rhasp and echo effect for good measure. All of this follows a brief introduction that is a bit on the creepy side, though, once again, not one hundred percent effective.

Drive the Knife Deeper is a nice first outting for Night of the World, but the modern audio quality laced with traces of atmospheric Black Metal and modern blastbeat tendencies doesn’t always work in the band’s favor. For as many solid tracks as there are, there also happens to be just as many that aren’t memorable, or even all that enjoyable. Had even a few things been done differently, such as a rougher audio quality (just a bit, this doesn’t have to be raw) to enforce the guitars a little more, or even dropping the shouting vocals in favor of a rhasp approach, Drive the Knife Deeper would be a great debut. Sadly, Night of the World doesn’t do this enough, and leaves listeners with a rather short album that is par for the course for the style of Black Metal they’re performing.

01. Throatcrush – 3:30
02. The Substance of Radical Negativity – 4:09
03. Urbi Et Orbi – 4:25
04. Night of the World – 4:40
05. Drive the Knife or Yourself Deeper – 5:14
06. The Serpent Within – 5:44
Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10

Night of the World

Digital review copy of this release provided by Faltor Records.