Kruna: Last Century

    Kruna

    Last Century, the debut album from Italian extreme metallers Kruna may not be offering anything distinctly new but it is one hell of a towering confrontation with torrents of anger, passion, and intensive sounds to please any metal driven heart. The release unleashes a compelling fusion of viciously addictive rhythms, frighteningly carnivorous riffs, and scorching melodic fires for a result which is constantly compulsive listening and more often than not quite irresistible.

Having sparked strong attention with their 2007 demo Fragments Of Memories, the quintet from Vajont spent the past few years expanding and honing their songwriting and creative skills whilst consistently igniting live stages. Now they are set to enflames passions with their Riccardo Pasini (Ephel Duath, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Extrema) produced first full length confrontation. Their previous release is said to fuse their early influences such as Sepultura, Slayer, and Black Sabbath with the newer sounds of Black Dahlia Murder, Soilwork and Hatesphere at the time. That description still stands in regard to the album but the Bakerteam Records released Last Century shows the band has stretched and expanded their ferocity and invention even further  to at times also offer loud whispers of bands such as Whitechapel, Napalm Death, and As I Lay Dying.

Opener Man God’s Temple immediately takes chunks out of the senses with ravenous riffs, crippling rhythms, and a fiery groove BT 021 Coverwhich twists around the ear whilst searing its flesh. As the caustic vocal squalls of Daniele De Piero bring their abrasion to bear upon the listener, the thrilling rhythms of drummer Aaron Sabadin cage and quell all resistance whilst the guitars of Irvin Sabadin and Enrico Clarin prey and torment with acutely crafted grooves and venomous sonic riffery. It is a wholly impressive first encounter with the bass of Riccardo Padoan bringing its own individual menace to the raging onslaught with malice and enterprise.

From the corrosive start the album continues its immense stance with Bloody Centuries and the excellent Confessor. The first gnaws and consumes with a furnace of intensity and abusive rhythmic violence speared by again finely tuned acidic grooves and breath-taking energy whilst the latter is a tsunami of rhythmic violence and exhausting intense malevolence. It is also highly contagious with an intermittent groove lashing the ear and an insatiable hornet like insistence and sonic spirals igniting the strongest passions before its stunning presence. Complete with eager melodically gaited guitar persuasion the track is easily the best on the album and impossibly infectious.

Phoenix comes next and features a guest appearance by Alberto Zannier of Italian melodic death metal band Slowmotion Apocalypse. Again it is an excellent fury with equally striking musicianship and melodic blistering to its tumultuous presence. After the brilliance of its predecessor it certainly has a battle on its hands to compete but nearly grabs the same heights and passion to compete with Confessor.

Songs like Death Without War, Back In Time, and the closing pair of Death By War and Armor impress but also underwhelm a little as arguably they of all the tracks, fail to deliver anything unheard before. They are still fully imposing and enthralling riots though and will continue to find an eager welcome for their feisty and merciless passion and sounds. Before those final songs though extra fires are ignited firstly with Ten Lies, its crushing energy and ruthless rhythms leaving feelings in bliss whilst a bass resonance complete with a throaty quarrel is possibly the finest moment on the album, Padoan finding a satanic menace and voice with his four stringed beast which is just stunning. Mob and Not For Me also leave a tortuous and deeply satisfying ardour in their wake to complete what is an arousing and impressive release.

     Last Century may not have anything particularly new to bring to the storm on the surface but with things bubbling below and an insatiable intensity as well as skilled enterprise; the album shows Kruna to be a band extreme metal is destined to have a lot of time and greed for.

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8/10

RingMaster 26/03/2013

 

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Carved: Dies Irae

   CARVED (1)

     Having made a strong impact with their 2010 EP, Italian death metallers Carved have returned with their debut album Dies Irae to confirm all the promising and eager thoughts earned previously for their carnivorous and dramatic sound. The nine track release is a gripping and imaginative slice of melodic brutality which arguably does not venture into any new pastures for the genre but nevertheless seizes and rewards the senses with impressive and provocative aggressive invention.

Formed in 2007, the sextet from La Spezia as mentioned brought plenty of acclaim and positive responses their way from numerous international extreme metal zines with their first EP, a release which also brought the band to the attention of black/thrashers Necrodeath who took them on their 25th Anniversary European tour. Shows with many notable bands including Schizo, Vexed, Bejelit, Mastercastle, Death Mechanism, Destrage, and Doomraiser followed before the band began recording their first album. Completed at the beginning of this year, the Bakerteam Records released Dies Irae is a formidable and impacting release which is sure to ignite the interest and passions of extreme metal even further.

The opening Dies Irae (Praeludium) is a delicious instrumental, a dawning world and emotional expanse with a brewing BT 022 Covergrandeur and imposing atmosphere. At its final caress the following Echo Of My Cinderella (The Final Symphony) surges through the ear with a composed force and melodic enchantment especially elevated by the washing keys of Mattia Nuti and female vocal soothing. Immediately and consistently the song captivates with its scorching warmth and impending intensity soon translated into an uncompromising onslaught ignited by the gnawing guitar snarls of Alessio Rossano and Damiano Terzoni. The predatory growl and sharp twang of the bass from Lorenzo Nicoli is the final spark to the tempest driven by the vicious overbearing growl of vocalist Cristian Guzzon. His delivery ravages the senses with unbridled contempt but is tempered by the excellent melodic invention and unassuming touches which persistently break out on the excellent full starter.

The previous track shows there is plenty going on beyond just melodic death metal and as the likes of Enter The Silence and Scripta Manent (Bullshit) continue the outstanding encounter, the often unexpected and unpredictable invention is open and thrilling. The first of the pair is veined by what is to be an impressive feature of the album, the raptorial rhythms of drummer Giulio Assente as well as a tight ear gripping groove. Bringing some additional and inspiring clean vocals into its intense heart and incendiary guitar sonics and solo, the track captures the imagination with irresistible power especially when an electro whisper spreads to a louder voice. The second of the pair is a savage yet majesty brawl upon the senses, its presence antagonistic yet endearing with a fluid engagement between both extremes. One of the bigger highlights on the album the track is an exceptional conspirator to the passions.

Both At The Gates Of Ice and Black Lily Of Chaos offer scintillating pinnacles to the album as well, the first featuring outstanding vocals is a thunderous and glorious proposition. Such the strength of the extra vocals and their effect on an already impressive song there is the hope that the band explores this union more ahead in their creative intentions. The second track steals top honours upon the album, its unforgiving energy and malevolent predatory urgency irresistible whilst the grievous delivery of Guzzon and the breath of the song leave fires burning inside. The track does offer a full respite from its brutal furnace midway, a step in calmer melodic persuasion unpredicted but pleasingly crafted for a folk/progressive lilt. The eventual return after a smooth transition of merging extremes, to the intensity and venomous delivery though is even more welcomed and completes a tremendous and inciting slab of imagination.

     Dies Irae is a great debut and to be fair though it does not exactly break down boundaries the more of its company you immerse within the more elements and small things begin to revise that initial view. Carved on the evidence of their album is set to have a strong voice within extreme metal if not now certainly in the near future.

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8/10

RingMaster 26/03/2013

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