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Review: Craving - Call of the Sirens
Call of the Sirens

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 50:08
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 13, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Call of the Sirens

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

This German band has been around since 2006 and Call of the Sirens is their fourth full-length album, though I have never heard of them and there are no reviews here at The Metal Crypt (both statements now no longer true). They play a fierce yet melodic style of metal that weaves together different genres quite smoothly. There are a lot of traditional riffs, often played at high speed to go along with blasting drums, harsh, death shouts, clean singing, and even tremolo picking, though nothing as raw as second-wave black metal. There are folk elements to the songwriting, when it isn't roaring out of the speakers, like the almost sea shanty vibe of "Blood ov Franconia" and some excellent male and female choirs on the chorus of "Death March" which really elevates the track. There are a couple of covers at the end of Call of the Sirens, dance tracks from Elaina Tsagrinou ("El Diablo") and Go A ("SHUM"), that sort of fit the album with the folky, seafaring vibe that Craving gives their metalized versions, but they still sound a little out of place and it is obvious they weren't written by the band. Regardless, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Call of the Sirens, thinking as I did it was going to be just another melodic death metal album. I hear bands like Amon Amarth, Alestorm, and even Bathory which seems like a roll of the dice to mix, but Craving came up sevens, so it is well worth checking out.

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