Written by: Blackie Skulless
Not far from my stomping grounds, Philadelphia, PA based Daeva somewhat helped my recent growing taste for certain styles of black metal. Though they’re heavily thrash induced, the lone EP entitled Pulsing Dark Absorptions is an evil and crushing spin. Their only release to date, it’s full of breakneck speeds, blistering blackened vocals, and evil lyrics to the max. Very much one of those things that passes by before you even realize it.
Comprised of four tracks and a Mayhem cover, there isn’t a lot of time for any kind of filler or screwing around. For optimal experience, it’s layered nicely to allow the drums to pop really well, displaying advanced fills all over the already crushing riffage. “No Effective Banishings” weaves this in with tremolo picks to really inject that harsher feel, allowing slower passages to come across more menacing. “Clenched Fist Of The Beast” is a rather straightforward track with a noisier effect, backed by chaotic execution.
The B-side of Pulsing Dark Absorptions just pumps more hate into the proverbial veins. There’s a growing feeling of contempt and absolute anger at the world and its overseers, which is brought to saturation in the (almost) title track. This one hits right away the hardest, saturating the pummeling energy and furious speeds. We’re then absorbed by “Descending The Miasmal Void” to leave an empty taste of nothingness in our mouths, before a cover of “Deathcrush” to close us out. Call it blasphemy, but I actually prefer this version. I was never a fan of Mayhem, and Daeva tightened up the things I didn’t like about them here.
Really, this is just an intense ball of sheer hatred and darkness. The riffiness is pretty prominent which may make it easier to digest, but man, talk about a nasty EP. It’s a shame that the band hasn’t followed up with anything further, because there’s definitely some potential that blows past the black/thrash norms.
“Daeva gives zero thanks or acknowledgements. Fuck off!”
Daeva - Pulsing Dark Absorptions was released Nov. 17, 2017, by20 Buck Spin.
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