Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review : Krhoma Death - Grating Into Corpse

Krhoma Death is among the lesser known Death Metal bands from the early 90s. One of the reasons being that they hail from France, which is not known for a lot of Death Metal, barring bands like Massacra, Mercyless and Agressor. The band have released some demos and an album titled Grating Into Corpse.

Krhoma Death's sound is similar to Dutch bands like Antropomorphia and Blessed Sickness, but a lot more Thrash Metal oriented. Especially in the mid-paced and slower sections of the songs, the similarity is evident, while the fast sections are very similar to Deicide. Krhoma Death manage to make their songs simple, yet mildly captivating and interesting with changes in tempo and structure. The riffs are interesting but mostly simple, while the solos are mostly twisted and wailing, but sometimes venture into the "James Murphy" territory. The vocalist doesn't have a new or unique style, and sticks to the conventional brutal-enough-but-comprehensible technique. The drumming is something to look out for. The drummer uses simple techniques and isn't super-fast or extremely technical or anything, but the drumming during faster parts of the song is intense and extremely similar to Deicide (as mentioned earlier).

Krhoma Death clearly doesn't aim for a specific atmosphere here, and is more interested in playing a primitive style of Thrash-influenced Death Metal, and they execute it quite well. This isn't as frenzied as Merciless or as riff-laden as Cancer, but that can be excused as it is still rather fun to listen to. Lyrically, the band focuses on conventional themes like Gore and Death and could care less about sophistication when it comes to writing lyrics, which, in my opinion would in any way be unnecessary for a band like this. The creativity involved in writing those songs cannot be questioned here, as each song is well-structured, and with enough changes in riffs and tempo that do not sound abrupt.

Krhoma Death's Grating Into Corpse is not a hidden masterpiece, but is a little gem that deserves a couple of listens by any Death Metal fan. It is an enjoyable album that doesn't bore a listener through it's playing time, but there is nothing new to note or any genius as work here. As long as the listener keeps his/her expectations from this album reasonable, there is no reason to not like this.


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