Extreme folk metal? I can't think of a better way to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. Craving have all the theatrics and look of Cradle of Filth with the power and lore of Alestorm. I know I don't do comparisons as a regular thing, but in the case of Craving you can't help but notice these two worlds coming together. At the same time there is no joke here, the music is seriously hard charging with powerful melodies, and skilled instrumentation. What makes them band of the week? The fact that a bonus cover of "Game of Thrones" is so well done you would expect the hit series to break it out. So... if you're in Canada and getting your Turkey on, do it with some Craving, (please note the lack of awful craving pun). Anywhere else in the world just turn up Craving's "By the Storm." You won't "crave" metal anymore, (sorry). - Martell
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The music from Germany's Craving carries influences of extreme metal, folk, power metal and classic with it to leave a real battlefield behind. Their self-titled debut and its follow-up "At Dawn" as well as numerous shows and festivals all over Europe (alongside Ensiferum, Equilibrium, o.a.) already proved the strength of the band and their songs. These also won over acts like Helge Stang (ex-Equilibrium), Nils Loeffler (Orden Ogan) and Chris Caffery (Savatage) who did guest appearances.
On their newest piece of work "By The Storm" the band is feistier than ever with a matured songwriting and a production that leaves enough space for all musical ingredients. Guitarist and singer Ivan Chertov produced the album on his own and once again left the mixing and mastering to Christoph Brandes (Finsterforst, Necrophagist, Imperium Dekadenz). Their passion for the literature of George R. R. Martin not only inspired their lyrics but it also lead to the idea of doing a cover-version of the "Game Of Thrones"-theme. This bonus track rounds down the album perfectly.