February 15th, 2013
Release length: 27:42
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