Once in a black moon a band of truly terrible people emerge with no regard for societal norms or common decency. An ingrained shitty attitude makes life generally miserable, and yet provides some of the most raging, sinister and unhinged underground metal this side of the Styx. Philly’s Daeva (da-ay-vuh) harness their shitty guy mentality, sharpened over many years and many beers to an acidic burn, and pour it into their debut 12-inch Pulsing Dark Absorptions, a snarling beast of blackthrash discord.
While reference points won’t be hard to identify, few bands manage to sound as energized and dexterous as this while swinging the axe of execution on first wave black metal, dissonant thrash and evil rock ’n’ roll. With a vocalist that goes from venomous rasp to mentally deranged to perfect aggressor inside the same song, this band slashes, bashes and gnashes through four original compositions with one simple message to convey: fuck off. Finally, a poser corpsing “Deathcrush” cover closes the B-side with a rusty saw blade to the throat. So wipe that smirk off, set the player to 45 and absorb Daeva’s pulsing darkness.