Two Dark Descent Records recording artists – UK Blackened thrashers CRAVEN IDOL and Chicago death merchants BERATOR – are set to team up for the Venomous Onslaught US tour. The tour marks CRAVEN IDOL’s first time in the US. This 11-date trek kicks off May 30 in Milwaukie, WI. The final date (June 10) of the tour will see CRAVEN IDOL perform at Decibel Magazine’s Beer and Metal Fest in Philadelphia, PA, where the band will unveil their own unique brand of beer, brewed exclusively for the fest. BERATOR will play the fest’s pre-show on June 9.
CRAVEN IDOL vocalist/guitarist Vrath comments on the tour, “After three albums on Colorado’s mighty Dark Descent Records, we are finally bringing the wrath to Typhon stateside! US fans have been incredibly supportive throughout our career and we cannot wait to deliver ‘Forked Tongues’ to you in the flesh!”
CRAVEN IDOL will have copies of their newest album Forked Tongues, out now on Dark Descent Records, on hand throughout the tour. With the album nearly sold out in all formats, the tour marks one of the only chances fans will have to get their hands on one of the most vicious albums of 2021.
BERATOR, featuring former members of Profanatica, The Chasm, and Nachtmysticum, will make their Dark Descent Records debut later this year with the new EP, Elysian Inferno. The EP is described as 20 minutes of fierce, old-school black/death on coke.
BERATOR guitarist/vocalist Rich Olsen had this to say about the tour, “BERATOR is ready to unleash this long-awaited reign of terror, for our upcoming Venomous Onslaught tour with Craven Idol this May/June 2022.”
Venomous Onslaught tour dates:
May 30th – Milwaukee, WI @ Xray Arcade
May 31st – Chicago, IL @ LiveWire Lounge
June 1st—Indiana, IN @ Black Circle Brewing
June 2nd- Detroit, MI @ Old Miami
June 3rd—Cincinnati, OH @ Junkers Tavern
June 4th—Rochester, NY @ Photocity Music Hall
June 5th— Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s
June 6th—Providence, RI @ Dusk
June 7th –Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
June 8th – Washington DC @ Pie Shop
June 9-11th – Philadelphia, PA @ Decibel Metal and Beer Fest
CRAVEN IDOL’s newest album, Forked Tongues takes on the anomalous tale of the serpentine beast Typhon, the fiercest of all Titans in Greek Mythology. The ‘Father of Monsters’ is said to have challenged Zeus to do battle for cosmic supremacy, ultimately succumbing to the Olympian’s might, and facing imprisonment beneath Mount Aetna. According to legend, the sporadic eruptions of the volcano are due to the enduring wrath of Typhon.
Instead of merely reciting an ancient myth, Forked Tongues acts as a sequel to the original tale, with Typhon returning to settle old scores. The power of the Olympians has waned over millennia, with their ambitions tamed by excess and indulgence. Meanwhile, the misguided worship of a fictitious Golden Age has facilitated Typhon’s escape. A corpulent Zeus now faces the hundred-headed monstrosity once again.
CRAVEN IDOL were formed as a two-piece in 2005 by J. Scourger and S. Vrath. A highly acclaimed demo caught the attention of Hammer of Hate Records, who released the Ethereal Altars MLP in 2010. Subsequently, a live line-up was then assembled, desecrating such prestigious ceremonies as the Armageddon Festival (UK), Black Mass Ritual (FIN), North Of The Wall (SCT), Old Grave Fest (RO), In The Grip Of Winter (NL), Finnfest (UK), as well embarking on a month-long European tour with the legendary Mystifier (BR) in 2018, including a performance at the Never Surrender Fest (DE).
CRAVEN IDOL signed with DARK DESCENT RECORDS in 2013, and the oath endures to this day. Forked Tongues is their third album on the label, following highly acclaimed debut Towards Eschaton (2013) and follow-up The Shackles of Mammon (2017); produced by Greg Chandler of ESOTERIC-fame. Three years to the date from recording their second album, CRAVEN IDOL hit Southport’s Vagrant Recordings to track their third opus Forked Tongues in Fall 2019.