Craving are a band from Germany that plays a mixture of melodic death metal and black metal with folk influences and this is a review of their 2014 album "At Dawn" which was released by Apostasy Records.
The album starts out with a very heavy and brutal, melodic death metal sound along with blast beats and deep growls which also use black metal screams while also bringing in a mixture of mid paced and fast parts which also lead up to melodic guitar solos before bringing in acoustic guitars and more folk orientated sound along with clean melodic singing.
As the album continues the folk elements become a huge part of the music while the album still remains true to a heavy, brutal and melodic black/death metal as well as bringing in atmospheric and symphonic sounds and they bring a heavier sound to this genre which has not been attempted by a lot of bands as well as bringing in some very well known quests from a variety of many different metal genres and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
On this recording Craving bring a new sound to the folk metal genre while having the melodic black metal elements this genre usually has and adding in brutal death metal to create an album that really stands out in this genre.
Song lyrics are written in a mixture of English, German and Russian and cover folklore and paganism themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Craving are a very great sounding mixture of melodic death, brutal death and folk metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Mek" "Targaren Wrath" "Garden Of Bones" and "Hellraiser". 8/5 out of 10.