PAGES.inddWhat with the subtle consumer advice regarding one Ethereal Shroud album and Angry Metal Guy’s upcoming (and doubtless gushing) review of the new Trials disc, you may have noticed a theme on our brave little blog: blatant conflict of interest. Never one to miss out on a shameful trend, I’ve decided hop aboard the choo-choo of duplicity and perform an honest, above-the-board review for the completely unaffiliated French brutes in Kronos. These intelligent, good-looking, and talented musicians have taken a Tool-worthy break from the death scene since 2007, presumably in order to write an album so spectacular that it makes a modern classic like The Devil’s Cut look like some retro crap that only Steel Druhm could enjoy [You just made “The List.”Steel Druhm]. In order to make this nightmare within a nightmare a reality, the band has signed with Unique Leader, the industry titan of perfect and perfect-sounding death metal releases, and announced that July 24th will herald the arrival of their opus Arisen New Era, which can be pre-ordered in concert with other well-made and reasonably priced merchandise from your local Unique Leader outlet.

Arisen New Era blasts forth from your skull like a nascent goddess of wisdom with “Infernal Abyss Sovereignty” and doesn’t dip in quality after the song’s first minute. Plenty of chugging, chromatic brutality and lightning-fast tapping is here to be had, but unlike many of their peers, the band uses technicality as a garnish rather than a crutch. Songs progress based on the strength and occasionally, catchiness, of their riffs and structure and never does the band resort to wankery to fill up space. This keeps the album at a brief and very palatable 36 minutes and encourages near continuous replay when you’re in the right mood to hear knockouts like “Raptures in Misery” and “Brotherlords” again in all their violent Hellenic glory.

Finding themselves situated as they are in one of metal’s most monotonous and derivative subgenres, Kronos do their damnedest to keep Arisen New Era fresh from moment to moment and largely succeed; a couple sour riffs sneak in from time to time, but they’re swiftly outcompeted by more tasteful cuts. There’s not a whole lot in the way of rest or experimentation here, save for the lovable flamenco-influenced outro of “Aeons Titan Crown,” which is bound to sound just great on your limited edition blue/white haze vinyl copy, inducing chills that only an Arisen New Era hoodie can do away with.

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The production and mastering of the album are spectacular as one would come to expect from such an established name in the brutal death industry, sounding massive, crisp and enveloping with a spectacular (relatively) DR of 5 across the board – though you’d guess it was a 6 or 7 with how easy it is to hit replay once “Hellysium” throws its final punch. In a rare reversal of AMG recommendations, I’m actually left wanting another song or two to keep the album going. The riffs are blazing fast but semi-melodic and very engaging, everybody’s playing at full steam and sounds great, even the well-mixed bass, which is always present and appropriately boosted when it steps up with more technical licks.

I’ll admit that Arisen New Era is by-the numbers, but Kronos picked a great set of numbers to go by. The album easily beats out Dawn of Azazael‘s latest effort in both memorability and its relative absence of fascist themes, and I’m actually a bit sad that I have to stop listening to it when I get the new Cattle Decapitation promo. If uninventive but well written death metal like this and A Tunnel to Eden keeps crossing my desk, maybe 2015 won’t be such a bad year after all. Take that, El Cuervo.

 

Rating: 4.0/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Record Label: Unique Leader Records
Website: Facebook.com/KRONOS
Release Dates: EU: 2015.08.07 | NA: 07.24.2015

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  • Fisting_Andrew_Golota

    You should just use this band’s logo as your avatar on AMG, dude.

    • Kronos

      UL sent you, didn’t they?

  • El_Cuervo

    Bastard

  • Excentric_1307

    I think you should have written the whole thing in third person, just to see who can keep up by the end of the review.

    • Kronos

      I would have finished it a year late just from the sheer grammatical horror.

  • Remember, we get a cut of any/all kickbacks, bribes, gratuities, gifts and bling.

    • Oberon

      I thought AMG paid in less severe beatings and more beatings?

      • Kronos

        See above.

    • Kronos

      “We get a cut”. Hah, more like you give me a cut, you greedy bastards.

  • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

    I’m really hoping someone comes to this review as the first ever thing they read on AMG and thinks that we let the band review their own album.

    • Isn’t that what we actually did?

      • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

        After cleverly switching the 4 and 5 on their keyboard, of course.

        • The Lascivious Snape

          Implying an original intention to give the album a 5 out of 4. I like it.

  • fgt

    This is very nice and that artwork is godly (hurhur) as well. Been looking for a good Tech Death band along the line of crushing riffs and relenting speed that *kinda* matches Hour of Penance. I shall purchase, listen and enjoy post haste.

    • Kronos

      You know, there’s this great band called… what is it… Flushgod Apoocalypse? that plays music very similar to Hair of Penis, except actually entertaining.
      Only listen to their first album, and do so at half volume.

      • fgt

        Yeah, well, that’s just, like, you opinion, man. HoP are one of the few techdeath bands I don’t forget exist a couple of weeks down the track, they also are pretty damn good live as well, different strokes I guess.

  • Prostidude

    4 guys in the band pic… are those the entities you embody due to severe schizophrenia Kronos?

    • Kronos

      That’d be MPD and yes.

  • Dr. Scorpion

    Now i want Grymm to review Grymm.

    • Stay tuned, I may review the steel drum act that plays at the local tiki bar every weekend.

  • Dr. Scorpion

    I now miss HMG. Damn you Kronos
    :P

  • Kalsten

    After seeing the incredible album art, I expected any reference to God of War.

    Anyhow, I liked the song a lot, and I am looking forward to listen to the full album (hopefully they will put it in Spotify, as they have the previous one). By the way, the problem of having such a generic name, is that Spotify put you together with a rap and a dance artist. I’d love to see the face of someone listening to the “dance music” Kronos, and then Spotify throw him a death-metal to his face. Priceless.

  • De2013

    This is getting just … too confusing.

    Nevertheless will this review dub me into buying the mentioned products, including the hoodie, and I will be a happier human being.

    • Come for the hoodie, but stay for the conflict of interest.

  • Dr. Scorpion

    Does any one hear the similarity to the new Sulphur Aeon ?

  • The Lascivious Snape

    Fun review, but I gotta say, this bit:
    “…unlike many of their peers, the band uses technicality as a garnish rather than a crutch.”

    This is the requisite tech death album review line. Look for it in every review of every tech death album. And side note, it’s never true.

  • Kryopsis

    Kronos (the AMG contributor) reviewed by Kronos (the band)?

    • Kronos

      Pretty sure the score would be similar.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Thanks Kronos, I’ve got no idea if you’re completely taking the piss or not! Looks like il’ll have to listen to the music and make up my own mind!!! How inconvenient!
    How much are those hoodies btw…?

  • Tom Hardy

    Streamed the full album on Metal Underground after reading the review. I had a different reaction. Vocals come off too high and strong and the style isn’t to my liking. Sounds like a typical UL band and apart from a few decent lead driven song writing parts, which are few and far between, the rest of it is lackluster, musically speaking. The first track to me showed promise when I could hear bits of the last 2 Deeds Of Flesh as sort of part of the backbone of the song and it could’ve been what would save the album from being boring I thought but unfortunately the rest sways in a slightly different direction. Nothing really grabbing, making me wanna go “Hey, let me hit repeat on this one”. I notice a comment mention Sulphur Aeon and I got pretty much had the same reaction from that release as well. I guess if you dug SA, maybe you’ll dig one?

    Digressing a little to admit how I miss the UL of old to be honest and wish they had better customer support, dipped in the past 6/7 years. The last good release the label put out was Portal to Canaan.

    • Kronos

      Man you really don’t like anything.
      How would you like an unpaid job?!

      • Tom Hardy

        That would indeed suck, a lot. But with people close and dear around me, I think I could get through.

        I do like some stuff, please don’t misunderstand! Hmmm let’s see, if were speaking specifically Brutal Deathmetal, here’s what I see in my CD rack – Portals to Canaan and Of What’s To Come, Consume The Forsaken, Psalms of the Moribund and Passages into Deformity (Defeated Sanity are probably the pinnacle of the genre right now), Pierced from Within, Serenadium, Planisphærium and Exodromos, Mental Prolapse Induces Necrophilism and Degenerating Anthropophagical Euphoria, Sarcoidosis, Inhuman Grotesqueries and Motivated by Hunger and Intrauterine Cannibalism, Instruments of Torture and Festivals of Death, Molesting the Decapitated, The Anomalies of Artificial Origin, Dead but Breathing, Supreme Entity, Nourishing the Spoil and Reek of Pubescent Despoilment, Desecrate the Vile and Realism of the Ungoldy … I mean there’s a lot more within this genre itself that I enjoy and it’ll take me a long time to list most of the CDs I own in this genre. All of these albums resonate with me – top notch, no filler and do their job well.

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          You should do it Tom, proposition AMG and move up the page!
          I always enjoy your harrumphing and it would be interesting to hear about some of these Brootal bands.

          • Tom Hardy

            Ah, so that’s what Kronos was referring to, I completely missed it. And thanks for the vote of confidence, you’re too kind Carlos. Not sure how I’d go about contacting the site since there isn’t much in the FAQ’s about reaching out to be a contributor.

    • Worldeater

      Allthough i liked Sulphur Aeon a lot, i´m with you on this one. The embedded track is quite enjoyable but the rest of the album lacks variation and is kind of generic. Reminded me of The Kennedy Veil review: “There’s absolutely no departure from form and no surprises, but there are no mistakes either. […] It’s heavy, it’s brutal, it’s produced well and performed with precision, but it’s not really remarkable in any way except in how perfectly it avoids being remarkable.”

      • Kronos

        Oh, throw my words back in my face, why don’t you?

        • Worldeater

          Well, that’s the downside of followers, who memorise your reviews by heart!

  • Quick, someone make a band called Dr. Fisting and make an album so it can be reviewed here! I am wondering what the cover art would be. I imagine that somewhere in the center would be a sphere…or maybe some type of round hole….

  • The two (2) new songs I’ve heard absolutely smoke. Can’t wait for this album. Thank you for the review!

  • Phenomenal death metal! It’s what death metal used to (and should still) sound like.

    When I am almost “death metalled out”, a band like this comes along and makes me a Death Metal fanatic again….

    The riffage… it’s BRUTALLY great!

  • Darren Sammut

    Excellent writing, great review of a great band’s long-anticipated latest opus.

    • Kronos

      Not sure I understand the placement of that Araucaria, but thanks.

  • De2013

    Finally had time to listen to this; forgot that it was from July 2015.
    Amazing record. So many good riffs!