Melodic Black Death Metal

FFO: Wintersun, Insomnium, Ensiferum

This damn lively MELODIC BLACK DEATH METAL troupe under the leadership of singer and guitarist Ivan Chertov fortunately still holds on to their musical vision with iron determination.

The latter is effectively composed of lusty, whipping hardness, surprising dynamics, a distinctive wealth of variations and often quickly igniting melodies – an explosive mixture that leaves no extreme metal maniac cold!

Trademark of the trio:

Murderously obsessive material, always completely in love with detail and predominantly grippingly anthemic. The majority of it proves to be highly distinctive.

Recently, CRAVING joyfully and decisively signed a new label deal with the established label Massacre Records.

The guys announce:

“Our new album – not only our fourth, but probably our most ambitious when it comes to power, catchiness and heaviness – is ready and we’re happy to have teamed up with long-time label Massacre Records to unleash it on the world.

Can you hear the sirens’ call yet? We’ll make sure there’s no escape, especially with the new partners by our side – be ready!”


Ivan Chertov • Guitars, Vocals
Jonas Papmeier • Guitars
Wanja Gröger • Drums


2012 • Craving • Full-length
2013 • At Dawn • Full-length
2016 • Wielder Of Storms • EP
2016 • By The Storm • Full-length
2022/23 • tba • Full-length


Previous album “By The Storm”:

9 / 10 “… an impressive work that fits seamlessly into the series of previous releases. The band has not allowed itself to be pigeonholed so far and also this time the three guys just do what suits them. This approach suits the formation well and should further expand the fan base with the new record …” (The Pit)

8 / 10 “… a well thought-out and written piece. It is even better as a living-breathing album. The musicianship in this album is pretty epic and the stories in the album are even better. I wouldn’t say this is a typical storybook album, but it does tell a story within its elements. If you like Epic Power Metal with a bit of Folk thrown in, you’ll enjoy this one.” (Metal Temple)

8 / 10 “… CRAVING develop from album to album and don’t think anything of stagnation. That’s good! “By The Storm” has a much higher Black Metal share in the songs and features with “Wenn der Wind sich dreht” perhaps one of the best German-language Metal songs ever. Strong album of a strong band …” (ReaperZine)

8 / 10 “It’d be easy for CRAVING to take one route and stick with it, but with the nuance they’ve provided with a mix of aggressive and melodic tracks, they are a better band for it … a diversity of ideas, and interesting songwriting keep ‘By The Storm’ afloat for its 72-minute span … the band has shown progression …” (Dead Rhetoric)

8 / 10 “‘By The Storm’ is a consistent continuation of the ‘Wielder Of Storms’ EP. If you like straightforward melodic death and black metal with epic choruses, you should definitely listen to the album.” (Silence Magazin)

7,5 / 10 “… intelligent songwriting with catchy melodic arcs … great … their live activities can also be seen. So CRAVING toured in the support of Powerwolf, Debauchery and Illdisposed, just to name a few. On their works have also contributed such illustrious greats as Chris Caffery of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, or Nils Löffler of Orden Ogan guitar solos …” (Time For Metal)

7 / 10 “… deliver another sovereign album, which even has a real hit with ‘By Storm’, which can keep up with genre classics like ‘Iron’ (Ensiferum) or ‘Darkane Times’ (Suidakra). …” (Powermetal DE)

7 / 10 “… could please followers of bands like Equilibrium, Arkona, Alestorm and Orden Oganz. Especially positive is that the folky elements are guitar-based and do not consist of drone as with many other bands …” (Metal DE)

“… f*** good – I love it!!!” (Gedo • The Elitist Music Reaction Channel) 

Craving – Spirits Of The Dead

Craving – Wielder Of Storms

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Band/Artist location – Oldenburg, Germany
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