Die Old-Schooler (Gründung 2005) von „Craven Idol“ feiern ihr 15-jähriges Jubiläum mit dem ihrem Opus „Forked Tongues“! Die Veteranen aus Nord-London schwören auf die alten Götter und ihr Album geht in die griechische Mythologie, genauer zur Bestie Typhon, einer Schlange, die die wildeste aller Titanen gewesen sein soll. Heute habe ich ein Interview zum Album für euch – Albumrelease ist der 23.07.2021.
Tobi – Metal and Me
Vrath – Craven Idol
Hello Vrath from „Craven Idol“. My name is Tobi. I run a Facebook page and a webblog. On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with my wheelchair. On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals.
In the future I will also write about hygiene measures, as this is important for me as a high-risk patient and for my readers too. Of course, I also write about the bands‘ performance. Today I have a few questions for you about your new Album „Forked Tongues“.
First of all, I want to ask you, how are you and your Bandmates doing at the moment? England is facing the Delta Covid Variant and i hope, that you are allright.
The UK is indeed seeing a surge in the number of Covid cases… all whilst the government is pretty much lifting all bans and letting people run free into their doom. We are based in North London where cases are fairly low and almost everyone has been vaccinated, so we are OK for the time being. Thanks for asking! Hope things are well in Germany!
If you meet someone who did not now what kind of Band „Craven Idol“ is and what kind of Music you make – what do you tell him?
Metal speaks louder than words, so I would point them to our new album ‚Forked Tongues‘, ha! But if only a verbal option was available I would describe it as old school extreme metal in the vein of Bathory and Sodom. We are often dubbed black/thrash, most likely do to some resemblance to Aussie bands like Destroyer 666 and Gospel Of The Horns. Really my goal has always ben to invoke the days when metal was new and there weren’t phantom rules and regulations as to what you could play… that sense of freedom and glory!
What brought you into Metal, in which Genre did you start, before making it „Extreme“?
My first impressions of rock music came in my early youth through my parents‘ record collection, bands like AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Black Sabbath. In my early teens I started digging deeper. Via Priest and Maiden, I discovered more ‚underground‘ acts like Satan and Venom that totally blew my mind. Not only did this introduce me to more extreme realms, but made me want to play in bands myself… so I picked up a guitar.
What are the differences between „Forked Tongues“ and your previous album?
It’s a more complete record is more ways than one. The full band participated in is creation, and we grew as song-writers beyond recognition. Production-wise, we entered Vagrant Studios who polished it all off with a raw AF sound. And then there’s the lyrical concept … but more about that later.
Why did you choose „Typhon“ as the central thing on „Forked Tongues“
It all started with the previous album ‘The Shackles Of Mammon’, which featured a common thread/theme throughout, whilst telling a complete tale from A-Z like ‘Forked Tongues’. On the second album we explored the themes of avarice and greed, and their relation of humanities current downward trajectory. In fact all of Craven Idol’s covers since the very beginning depict this downward spiral… a gradual descent (from the gates of hell to its nadir).
The story needed another chapter and it was then I discovered Typhon, the father of all monsters in Greek Mythology. I’m a keen student of mythology, literature, and history (in fact I also studied German literature for several years; partly at the FU Berlin). So when I came across the tale of Typhon in the Transformations of Liberalis I became quite obsessed with the idea of writing a follow-up chapter to the ancient, but little documented, myth. We started working on the third album before the second was even released, and after the first two songs ‘Venomous Rites’ and ‘Even The Demons’ the path was set.
Especially the final two Songs – each of them catches the nine Minute mark, stands out for me. Do you want to tell my readers more about the song?
Vrath: The album tells the story of Typhon’s return. It is written to gradually grow in intensity and complexity. The questions between good and evil, or shall we say with the status quo and the unknown, seems like a simple binary topic until one actually faces the latter.
The Titanomachy was the war between the first and the new gods (known as the Olympians). In the very last phases of the fray, Gaia (the Earth) summoned all her remaining strength to create Typhon, the fiercest of all Titans; a hundred headed dragon or hydra (depending on the interpretation). A battle for universal supremacy between Zeus and Typhon ensued… seas boiled, mountains were hurled, the earth shook… until finally Zeus defeated his archfoe by trapping him under Mount Aetna. On ‘Forked Tongues’, Typhon escapes Tartaros and wreaks havoc once again.
The final songs on the record tell of Typhon’s tyrannical reign… a cautionary warning of all craven idols. The masses, dreaming of a fictional Golden Age (that never was) have killed their gods and face the consequences. Just like any story, the ending is an accumulation of everything that came before. Every section and chapter is there to build a completed song rather than a mere collection of riffs. We never set out to write long numbers… but that’s what the tracks, the story, and the concept demanded.
„Iron Age Of Devastation“ was your first single including a video. Why did you choose this song and will there be more singles with video to follow?
It took us a very long time to decide on the first single… honestly each and every song would have done the job. There are no fillers on the record! Iron Age Devastation is a quite catchy number, which tends to be what singles go for. It’s also incredibly intense so it a good ‘sample’ of things to come. The second single ‘Even The Demons’ was released on Invisible Oranges some weeks ago (no video though). A full album stream should follow fairly soon!
How excited are you when you think about the release. It is a special one because of your Band anniversary.
From the moment we formed Craven Idol as younglings we knew it was for life. In that sense, 15 years feels almost an insignificant period of time. That said, I’ve never been as excited about a Craven Idol release before! The reason is almost entirely musical… we lived and breathed this records for months and it turned out EXACTLY how we wanted it to.
What where your thoughts after seeing the Cover Art for the first time?
The cover artwork by Eliran Kantor came together in phases and we worked closely in aligning the painting with the album concept. That said, I have been overwhelmed by this man’s talent since the very first black and white draft. The idea of a gatefold was around from the very start, which gave Kantor a large canvas to work with… the results are quite astounding… a modern day masterpiece. I honestly don’t know how we’ll outdo this one! The idea was initially to be based on Hokusai ‘The Dragon Of Smoke Escaping From Mount Fuji’.
How is it to you to stay in contact with your fans via social media in these pandemic times and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?
Whilst we communicate with fans daily, we aren’t especially active on these platform. People who like our music have gotten used to it I believe. When it comes to underground metal, I don’t find social media to be particularly suitable. It’s about the music.
How did you deal with the restrictions in the meantime? How much does it restricted you in your working life?
I work from home, so it didn’t drastically change my personal routine. Luckily UK laws allowed us to keep rehearsing throughout, so we just kept going as normal! Of course having no gigs is a real bummer… especially touring! Lord do we miss touring!
Which Music do you prefer to relax?
Honestly… 90% of the time it’s heavy metal. A lot of NWOBHM, Manilla Road, Priest…. spinning these on wax relaxes me way more than pretty much anything else.
Which Musician has inspired you the most?
The true ace Quorthon Seth. The sheer number of genres he created are astounding. One man against the world. It was never about anything but sheer passion…
And which Album, if you have to chose one?
Tough one… you would get a different answer every day … today I’ve been spinning ‚Open The Gates‘ by Manilla Road, so let’s pick that one!
Get away from the music a little. What about hobbies of you?
Beer… Honestly though, my hobbies outside of this band are probably more bands, ha! I have quite a few these days (though not as many as in the past), including a heavy metal band called Phaethon and a black metal act called Crom Dubh. Also, I’m based in North London so I naturally support the only football team from North London, Arsenal FC.
Do you do „a normal Job“ beside making Music?
We all do… turns out horrible hellnoise isn’t all that lucrative.
If yout got one wish…?
It would be most agreeable if within my lifetime popular music would regain even the tiniest bit of integrity… that a monotone electronic beat topped with off-key chatting on a flanger wouldn’t be considered the pinnacle of achievement… that people would listen to music – whole albums even – and appreciate the craftsmanship, and not be distracted by how many dollars some dipshit stuck up his/her ass at a celebrity cyber-cotillion. Sadly metal is joining this game these days, cheap gimmicks and one-joke-wonders headlining above legends. The bar can always go lower… and it’s our duty to stop it.
A few words to your Fans out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?
Thanks for your support! Already the response to ‘Forked Tongues’ has been excellent. We played one of our best shows of all time in Berlin back in 2018 (with Mystifier) and we hope for many more in the future!)
Thanks for the interview. Many greetings to all of you. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and good luck for the Release of your new Album!
Danke fuer das Interview, Tobias!
Sadistik Vrath | Vocals, Guitars
Suspiral | Bass, Vocals
Heretic Blades | Drums
Obscenitor | Guitars, Vocals
Tracks „Forked Tongues“:
01. Venomous Rites || 04:14 Minuten
02. The Wrath Of Typhon || 03:54 Minuten
03. Iron Age Of Devastation || 03:58 Minuten
04. Even The Demons… || 05:25 Minuten
05. Forked Tongues || 05:20 Minuten
06. Deify The Stormgod || 09:22 Minuten
07. The Gods Have Left Us For Dead || 09:06 Minuten
Danke für euer Interesse an meinem Interview mit Vrath von Craven Idol! Das Album kommt, wie gesagt, am 23.07.2021 über „Dark Descent Records“ in die Läden. Meine Review werdet ihr auch demnächst lesen können. Bis dahin bleibt gesund und munter, euer Tobi! Heavy Metal never dies!