Words by Jimmy Glinster
Today’s review offering is an Alt-Metal Trio from Bris-Vegas who go by the name of Krave.
They’re about to drop their sophomore EP Inner Asylum on October 8 and I’ve been nice enough to make some time to get a review sorted for their release. Hopefully they’ll shout me a drink next time I make the short drive up the road to catch one of their shows. And yes, that was hint, Double Jack and Coke. As you may have guessed, subtlety isn’t my forte!
Lead single Puppet jumps straight into a bouncing guitar riff with single kicks powering it along until it hits a catchy, slightly off-beat groove. The vocals are clear, powerful and crisp and as the song hits its chorus the guitar picks up into a twisted thrash riff while the kicks jump into some syncopated triplet blasts. We then get a rocking guitar solo followed by a chorus finale with the vocals hitting an even higher peak. Not a bad little EP opener.
Living On kicks off with a tasty little rocking chugged out chord progression and some lead guitar overdub’s reminiscent of 90s hard rock. Vocalist Siana Davis wails over the simple rocking riffs with powerful clean vocals, and the guitar licks keep rolling in. The clean production allows us to hear each part of this 3-piece feed clearly. Guitarist Ryan White blesses us with a rocking guitar solo mid-song, then we hear those powerful vocals take over again while drummer Sam Bertolone provides some thumping tom fills in the background which keeps things interesting.
Another slightly stoner sounding rocking guitar riff throws us into Anxiety, not literally, that’s just the name of the song. The guitar pulls back in the verse to leave the drum and bass flowing under Siana’s once again powerful vocals. This tracks a bit of a cruiser, which may actually help relieve your anxiety. It does get a bit gritty after a drum and guitar
interlude, which includes some killer riffing and possibly one of the fastest set of stuttered hi-hat I’ve ever heard.
Next up is a slow burner titled Red Flag, which really shows off the range and power in the vocals. Some interesting guitar effects give the song an unusual and eery psychedelic vibe. Enter a short Wah solo which eventually shadows the vocals as they fill the bridge of the track, and take us into a pulled back and drawn-out conclusion.
A slow smooth bass into sets the opening pace for Take Your Bow before we hear a softer delivery of vocals over some thumping tom hits. The guitar eventually joins the party with some rung out single notes, and then the full band hits as the song takes on a slightly faster pace. This is only momentary though as they pull back into the slower and haunting pace of the intro and first verse. Heavy reverb over the vocals and guitar make it sound like the band is performing in a massive underground cave. We then hit the chorus again and the song speeds up and gets a little heavier once more. It continues to build through an extended bridge and then ends all ends right back where the song began.
For the second release for an upcoming band, this is not too bad an offering. I suggest you all check it out on your chosen streaming or download service when it drops on October 8.
Yeah, I said “drop”, don’t hold it against me, or do …