Prey For Nothing - Kivshan

9 songs
58:00 minutes
***** ****


Israeli technical melodic death metal band Prey For Nothing have been around for sixteen or seventeen years, and have released in regular new longplayers, although there was a seven year pause before they have now come back with their fourth album Kivshan, which is the Hebrew word for furnace. The quintet sees itself stylistically lying somewhere between Metallica and At The Gates, which isnít so far off the mark, except that Prey For Nothing add technical intricacies that make their music also interesting for fans of a more progressive metal sound.

The opener Angels Of Atheism is a fast-paced melodic death metal piece, at not even five minutes the albumís shortest track. Its more direct approach makes sure that this is an ideal entry point to this hourlong rollercoaster ride that will show us many faces of this band. The following The Sword Devours is at nearly eight minutes the albumís longest track, and displays a far more atmospheric side of Prey For Nothing. The guitar riffs come with djent attitude, the vocals are deep and fierce, thereís tons of groove, but instead of making this just another basic groove thrash metal song, the progressive instrumentation makes sure that there is tons of stuff to discover. Ocean Of Tar and Each Otherís Throats deliver more death thrash excellence with lots of astonishing guitar work. The seven-and-a-half-minute long title track is possibly the albumís highlight. It works like a semi-ballad, there are choir vocals that evoke a lot of tragic melancholy, and the vocals are in Hebrew, a language that feels like custom made for extreme metal.

The second part of the album consists of the four part The Pinnacle suit, which is a new interpretation of the Jewish Pardes legend. The four conceptually linked songs add up to nearly half an hour, and once again deliver what made the first half of the album already so intriguing: crunchy death thrash parts, progressive riffing, technical impeccability, melodic / melancholic intermezzos and an incredibly powerful production to keep it all together.

The band considers Kivshan a protest album, because only by pointing your fingers at what isnít working in your country might enable things to improve. Inspired by old legends, the Jewish ethos and the current political climate, Kivshan is a textually courageous album that also offers solid progressive extreme metal with an incredible sound, showing that you donít need a record label to come up with a professional output.

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