Draghkar – The Endless Howling Abyss

Rating: 3/5
Released: 2018
Label/Distributor: https://www.facebook.com/ixcraneonegroxi
Buy Album: https://draghkar.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/DraghkarBand/

Album Tracklisting
  1. Traversing The Abyss
  2. Swallowed By The Dark
  3. Eternal Disintegration
  4. Fading Into Emptiness
Band Line Up

BW – Guitar/Vocals
Daniel Kelley – Bass
ES – Drums


The United States has given us a wealth of damn fine extreme metal bands over the years. Indeed, American Death Metal has been so influential that the styles of its pioneers can still be heard in the sounds of contemporary bands. This is especially true of Draghkar. Although they claim to have been influenced by Amorphis, the Greek Black Metal scene, and Mercyful Fate, to my ears their sound is distinctly old school American. “The Endless Howling Abyss” is their debut EP, coming after a number of split albums and demos. They have the potential to become something special if they are able to develop their own sound and not lean so heavily on the past.
The EP opens with “Traversing The Abyss”, a heavy and discordant ball of scuzz. The taut downtuned riffing is discernibly late 1980s/early 1990s in its feel and absolutely reeks of Autopsy. In contrast to many modern DM bands who really up the technical and complexity stakes, this is refreshingly simplistic. Whereas the opener takes a while to get going, “Swallowed By The Dark” goes for the jugular straight away. Ugly as fuck, this is a stinking, bloated corpse of a track, grisly and claustrophobically free of melody. The malignant aggression of “Eternal Disintegration” falls somewhere between torture and ecstasy and is a lot of fun to listen to. Closing track “Falling Into Emptiness” offers something slightly different with its spiteful, punky approach. It spits and grinds until the listener is a pile of organic powder.
This is likeably vicious stuff. The filthy guitar tone is full of grime and scum and anchors the band’s somewhat retrograde sound. As decent as this is, the incessant and blatant worship of the likes of Autopsy and Impetigo becomes a bit tiresome. What Draghkar lack in originality they make up for in sheer venom.
Review by

Owen Thompson