Kavrila - Rituals III

17 Feb 2021 - Thorsten

Blackened Noiserock | Narshardaa Records | Release date: 26 Mar 2021

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Hamburg’s most interesting band between hardcore and black metal complete their Rituals trilogy with the release of yet another interesting record.

Having been founded in 2016, Kavrila quickly released their first songs in the form of the first Rituals EP featuring four songs and a running time of 12 minutes. The songs were produced pretty noisily and generally lo-fi. They were pretty fast and raw but that was also part of their appeal. The last track “Night”, nevertheless, highlighted the band’s ability for slower, longer songs bathing in atmosphere while not denying the heavy vocals. In 2018, after the release of their first full-length the year prior, Kavrila unleashed Rituals II, with five tracks and 13 minutes. The songs were still very unpolished but a bit more on the doomy and gloomy side of things. A transition record it seemed at first glance, leaving the listener with the question where this band would go with the final part of the trilogy?

That can now be answered: Rituals III will be brought upon us at the end of March and all fans of noisy, heavy, uncontrolled sounds somewhere between Black Shape of Nexus and Mantar, LLNN and Ovtrenoir should pay attention. The guys from the (cold) North of Germany really have achieved a somewhat more punkish sound this time and yet there is no lack of full-throttle sonic assaults with lots of other parts – one might even recognize some Turbonegro-bits. On the other side these songs not only rock like hell but also have some nice little twists and add-ons. Like the slow, atmospheric intro of the opening track “Sunday”, or the noisy swirls igniting “Longing”. The songs have a clearer and more refined production which is a real asset to the whole soundscape of Kavrila, because this way they can play with the dynamics much more.

Another good aspect of the band is that they got something to say, take “Equality”: The band reminds us that children don’t hate other groups but that they are taught to hate. And that only through teaching them one creates inequality.

A band one should reckon with, even if this trilogy is complete now – but who knows which beast they will set free next?