Kharva is a band that’s best described as being absolutely pummeling, with no intention other than to pound listeners into submission. They don’t play technical or complex music, they don’t sell themselves as introspective, they just crush and rip their way through their approach on death metal. Pounding and groovy riffs are reminiscent of Bolt Thrower, the least mystical sections that Demigod conjured, or some of the other groups that extremely prolific members of the band are also involved with, but despite being reminiscent of other groups Kharva have their own distinguishing flavor that I keep coming back to. Brief moments of melody pop up for just long enough to draw attention and vanish just as quickly, adding an extra layer to an already extremely catchy album. Vocalist Jacob Forsberg rasps over the music at a pitch that’s just a bit higher than what listeners unfamiliar with the band might expect from their music, but he does so excellently, perfectly fitting the music, and timing his assaults well with the riffs and the primal drumming, which ranges from more standard death metal beats to some punk ones, always perfectly suiting the music, and often carrying a riff far further than it might otherwise be palatable.
Though I said earlier that the band willfully steps away from complicated songwriting, that isn’t to say that the composition was done carelessly—there’s a large variety of influences integrated into this demo, and each song flows excellently through them, and even at their most similar, extremely well written transitions separate riffs that on a less competent release would blend together, leaving behind a distinctly memorable assault.