Some works are just destined for greatness right from the beginning once the first note is laid forth and when that first stroke of the brush for the cover art is put down. All the signs point to these works being truly staggering right from the beginning with different clues from one release to the next, and it should never come as a surprise for the masses that the works in question actually do end up as grand as they could ever be. The lead-up to the brand new effort from Craven Idol was salivating to say in the very least, but there are few words that can fully capture the grand glory that is the unyielding intensity of this album.
As one of the greatest bastions of extreme metal that refuse to stay in any single style for more than a few minutes at a time, Craven Idol has always been a name to know across the fifteen years that they’ve been around without exception. However, it’s with their third full-length album that they’ve reached an entirely new peak the likes of which is sure to make them one of the greatest performances that the year will have thrown our way with not many other acts being able to compare to the ultimate grandeur that “Forked Tongues” lays forth in every single track and I dare anybody to deny all that is thrown down here. Quite literally everything about this record takes the concept of epic to the fullest extent as it’s right from the very beginning that Craven Idol makes an experience that’s a true force to be reckoned with as they make full use of the speed, intensity, and unparalleled mastery over multiple forms of heaviness that makes these seven tracks something that needs be heard by any metalhead worth their salt this year. We’re always to get records that are sure to stand out from one year to the next, but it’s in every possible way with “Forked Tongues” that 2021 has a record that can surely be considered as one of its most compelling works without a doubt as there is not just something for everyone within the massive work, but an overwhelming epic sense that graces that absolute entirety of the album that immediately makes it a work that has to be experienced no matter what.
Every year will always have a few select albums that are practically mandatory listens for all that they bring forth, and it’s without a single doubt that Craven Idol has crafted just such an experience with these seven works of awesome magnitude. The raw power that’s to be found within “Forked Tongues” is just the beginning of the plethora of excellence that’s to be found within its bottomless depths, and it’s a trek that I cannot help but whole-heartedly persuade everyone to investigate as soon as possible for its something that won’t leave your psyche any time soon.
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