NekKralai are a band from Lithuania that plays a mixture of raw black metal and punk rock and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep "Kliudziau".
Spoken word samples start off the ep along with some clean playing and after the intro a very heavy punk rock starts to kick in along with the heaviness of metal and a few seconds later grim black metal screams are added into the music and the music sticks to mostly a slow to mid paced musical direction.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile the music starts to add more raw black metal elements along with some elements of 80's thrash into their blackened punk sound and there are no guitar solos or leads present anywhere on this recording until the ep gets closer to the end where they are utilized for a few seconds and on the last track there is a brief use of clean singing vocals.
NekKralai takes a very raw and old school style of black metal and mixes it with the energy of punk rock along with a touch of thrash to create their own musical style which is very retro and ignores all of the modern trends, the production sounds very dark, raw and old school while the lyrics are written in their native tongue and cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion NekKralai are a very great sounding mixture of raw black metal and punk rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ugnim" and "W.A.R". 8 out of 10.