Monday, October 20, 2014

Kraken-Ep (2014)

The glory days of thrash are back- this is the REAL  thrash. Never before had a band taken their hatred and violence to such an astounding level. Fast, brutal, and above all, skilled musicianship in this 2014 monster. There's no shortage of menacing riffs and shredding solos, the drumming suffocates, and the guitar and bass obliterate. All of this is possible due to a truly crushing production job. The vocals in particular destroy everything in their path. Deyner is Hell's equivalent of Jesus; he can be no other than the Devil incarnate. He's at his most demonic here, purely blasphemous. His growling is made all the more frightening by the fact that one can still decipher the lyrics - which are, by the way, evil at its best. Each and every song is worth a listen (hell, they deserve WAY more than that), and no track is weaker than any other. The most memorable may be ,"Blood, Fire, Death, Pain",  the new version of "Memories of Pain" and "Zombie". The guitar solos are somewhat atypical for shredders; they are actually highly memorable. Some are fairly long, which in this case is a huge plus. They're extremely intricate and equally deadly and effective. This Ep's solos are some of the best thrash has to offer, which is saying a lot in a genre known for its solos, they play fairly loud and independently, sometimes rivaling the guitar itself. The drumming is also great. Always precise, always powerful, thew drummer redefines just how fast and how well one can play the drums. The instrumentation along with Deyner's Satanic vocal delivery adds up to a completely devastating listening experience. Kraken marks a trend of nearly perfect brutal thrash metal and they would make a name for themselves as the head of the Peruvian death/thrash movement along with Necropsya, Epilepsia, Zavotage and more, for now they are at the top of their game. Cool artwork made by Mortus as well!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

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