Short songs demand that every second count—that every millisecond justify its brief and limited inclusion. Pittsburgh's Narakah is well aware of this, and have crafted their next album as an extremely short, extremely punishing work: Blast Haven contains just twelve minutes of rhythm-hopping, body-wrecking death metal and grindcore. Jump into the annihilating corridors within right now via our exclusive stream:

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Heavily influenced by the weirdest that other media—video games, film, and illustration—have to offer, Blast Haven's wide-ranging concepts are matched in their abnormality by the extremity of their execution. Songs like "Lazar Ritual Sodomy" whirl along at grinding speeds, but the dour tendrils of death metal seize hold and tear gaps in the structure to nest in. Small sci-fi-oriented blips, synthesizer intros, and odd samples dot the album; these tint the malevolent fury by offering glimpses into the themes that the growled and screamed lyrics perhaps don't immediately reveal.

Interestingly, the longest track on the album is an interlude: "Cynocephalus (Destro's End)" is almost double the length of any other song. In a lot of releases of this ilk, that would be strange, but I like how it fits here. After the album's initial three tracks are through and sonic dominance has been established, it helps establish the rich (if extremely demented) conceptual depth that's also present — because while yes, this is a lighting-fast album packed with violence, there's substance to the skull-splitting.

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Blast Haven releases February 12th, 2021. Pre-orders and merch available via the band's Bandcamp.

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