Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Kronos - "Arisen New Era" (Album Review)

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 24/07/2015
Label: Unique Leader Records


By any definition, Kronos are not re-inventing the wheel, but they have made an artistic and technically impressive death metal album which takes in mythological subject matter and superlative performances matched by the excellent production. As they have now returned, long may Kronos continue. Vive (le/la?) Kronos. Vive La France!

“Arisen New Era” CD//DD//LP track listing:

01. Infernal Abyss Sovereignty
02. Zeus Dethroned
03. Soul-Voracious Vultures
04. Rapture In Misery
05. Klymenos Underwrath
06. Aeons Titan Crown
07. Brotherlords
08. Purity Slaughtered
09. Hellysium

The Review:

Here we are, at last. I often think that what I want to hear, RIGHT NOW, is some French death metal taking in the brutality of Greek Mythology. Thank Mount Olympus for Kronos, then! The band return after a seven year break to re-enter the brutal/tech death metal fray. The band whip up a storm on “Infernal Abyss Sovereignty” and “Zeus Dethroned”. Indeed, this opening pairing hits so hard and fast that before you know it, the band's stall is laid out and you are into “Soul-Voracious Vultures”. There is great lead work on display throughout the record. The production is surprisingly bassy- which I don't dislike- and this gives the album a somewhat unusual sound and character.

“Rapture in Misery” has an excellent “trading rhythm guitars” opening and then adopts an unusual rhythmic motif. The vocals are expertly delivered, too- double tracking and panning are used to good effect. It is also very, very fast. “Klymenos Underwrath” is another blasting example of technical death mastery- pinch harmonics and rolling bass drums are assured. “Aeons Titan Crown” nods to their 2003 work with its title and is again unusual rhythmically. The bass is very prominent on this one and really jumps out of the speakers. This is all very much death metal with a strong tech death bias. Easily more comprehensible than Nile and not as tech as something like Arkaik, but more tech than mid-period Morbid Angel.

With nine tracks on the album, there is more than enough to satisfy your deathly desires- a little goes a long way. “Brotherlords” exemplifies this well with its labyrinthine riffing and myriad time changes- this is challenging stuff and a million miles away from “Scream Bloody Gore” or Bolt Thrower. That said, it is not jazzy like Atheist or Cynic so is easily brutal enough to get your head banging. “Purity Slaughtered” continues the record's tendency towards songs of four minutes in length but with more parts than the average thrash album in one song. A superb lead section in the last minute really lifts the track as the bass continues to stamp its authority on the album.

The coup de grace of “Hellysium” finishes this impressive death metal set in good style. Great changes and trading guitars again add flair to this album. By any definition, Kronos are not re-inventing the wheel, but they have made an artistic and technically impressive death metal album which takes in mythological subject matter and superlative performances matched by the excellent production. As they have now returned, long may Kronos continue. Vive (le/la?) Kronos. Vive La France!



“Arisen New Era” is available here

FFO:  Prostitute Disfigurement, Nile, Katalepsy, Decapitated

Band info: facebook

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