Londonâ€™s premium metal force Craven Idol unleash their second album of ruthless first wave blackened thrash in the vein of early Bathory Gospel Of The Horns Manilla Road and Inquisiton. After four years of toil the U.K. four-piece present: The Shackles Of Mammon an uncompromising and unique blend of tag-less extreme metal from the early days of horrible hellnoise. Inspirations are many Be it heavy metal Gods such as Mercyful Fate Candlemass Sortilege or Manilla Road Early pioneers like Poison (Ger) Samael Razor Bathory Venom Pretenders to the throne like Gospel Of The Horns D666 Inquisitonâ€¦ But donâ€™t be fooled â€“ this is no tribute act. Recorded at Birminghamâ€™s Priority Studios and engineered by Esotericâ€™s Greg Chandler (and mastered by Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound) The Shackles Of Mammon boasts an old school production as well as Craven Idolâ€™s most fierce and varied songs to date. The album boasts artwork by the extraordinarily twisted Daniel Corcuera. The artistâ€™s powerful take on Sascha Schneiderâ€™s 1896 wood carving â€˜Mammon und sein Sklaveâ€™ is a striking work of art. Lyrically the album deals with the vices of man the plagues they unleashed upon themselves and the rationalisation of its own actions â€“ be it in tragedy or ruin â€“ through the creation of deities and cults. Mammon the – Demon of Avarice – reigns above all whilst the black arts and countless religions seek to justify human failure.