Tech Death Thursday: Kronos

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Tech Death Thursday goes brutal! Join me in diving into the discography of Greek mythology fanatics Kronos.

But first, the news:

– The first Tech Death Overload festival has been announced for February 6th, 2016 in Montreal. Thus far, only three bands have been confirmed (First FragmentAepoch, and Teramobil), but they promise many more to come. Check out the website here or follow their Facebook page for details.

– I’m a little late to the party on this one, but Blaskhryt have a new (well, new as of May) song on their Bandcamp fo’ FREE! It reminds me more than a little of Capharnaum.

– Blood Red Throne have a new song set to gameplay of Hatred, and it’s (probably unintentionally) hilarious. Thankfully, the song is much better than the video.

– Remember that Gorod song you couldn’t listen to last week? Well now you can! Peep “Celestial Nature” over at Decibel.

– Obscura have finished mixing and mastering their new album! If you don’t believe me, believe Linus Klausenitzer‘s dreamy eyes. Would those eyes lie to you?

– There’s yet another new Rivers of Nihil song out, and in this writer’s humble opinion, it’s the best one thus far. Check out “Sand Baptism” here, and look for Monarchy on August 21st.

– No Clean Singing has premiered the title track of Inhuman’s upcoming sophomore release, Conquerers of a New World. Another song can be heard at either Satanath’s or the band’s Bandcamps. Conquerers will be out on August 30th.


Kronos’s first outing, Titan’s Awakening, is largely what you’d expect from a brutal death metal album: sudden tempo changes, lots of low-end diminished riffs, basement-tier production, and incomprehensible gurgled vocals. It’s not bad; just predictable. Awakening does set itself apart from other BDM albums with a significant presence of melodic hooks. Though the first half of the album is pretty straightforward, songs like “Dismember” and “Disease of God” have a few moments that are downright catchy. Lyrically, the band doesn’t get into as much mythology as they would on later albums, but “Mashkhith,” “Sysiphe,” and “Eternal Mindtrap” hint at things to come. All in all, it’s a solid album, but it lacks some of the distinguishing features of their future efforts.

Right off the bat, Colossal Titan Strife sets itself apart from its predecessor. The chaos of the first album has largely been exchanged for melody here, which results in much more straightforward and memorable songs. The bassist and lead guitarist’s formidable skills are more on display here as well, with ripping solos on “Submission” and “Monumental Carnage,” as well as complex bass lines on “Haterealm” and “Kronos.” If Decapitated had decided early on to write about gods and titans, it would sound a lot like this. Strife is a significant step up from Awakening and comes with my highest recommendation.

The Hellenic Terror takes everything great about Strife and turns it up to 11. The hooks are catchier and the riffs far more complex than anything previously attempted. This album also sees the band experimenting with new song structures, mixing up time signatures and odd harmonies. “Suffocate the Ignorant” even has a bizarre calm section in the middle that sounds unlike anything appearing on Awakening or Strife. The production has a more modern feel here, too. Everything has been cleaned up, leading to a much clearer mix that sacrifices none of the power present on the previous two albums. It’s on Terror that the band truly comes into their own, pulling away from their brutal death roots in order to establish a clearer identity for themselves. The music is more cerebral than many of their peers and the mythological themes are in full force here.

Fast forward eight years later and finally we reach Arisen New Era. Kronos’s latest is also their most complete; I’m unsure as to whether or not this is a concept album, but the music thematically fits together so well that it may as well be one. The excellent production from Terror is still intact here, and it’s apparent that the band has greatly improved as musicians during the interim between albums. Musically, Era is the most complex album in their discography and features some absolutely brilliant solos, my favorite appearing partway through “Klymenos Underwrath.” They take greater advantage of their dual guitarists here too, doing far more than just harmonized riffs. “Aeons Titan Crown” features a cool call-and-response riff in the beginning, and “Brotherlords” has a few segments where each guitar is playing something completely different while staying melodically coherent. Arisen New Era is shaping up to be one of my top albums this year, and can be streamed in full here.

Though I only discovered Kronos recently, it didn’t take me long to completely fall in love with this band. Fans of tech and brutal death should not skip this, and I highly recommend digging into their back catalog.

That’s all for this week. Until next time,

Stay Greek

I mean Tech. Fuck.

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  • Tyree

    Any one ever see the movie Cronos? It’s an early Guillermo del Toro film. Pretty grim shit, also some what hilarious. Bathroom floor blood is pretty flavorful I guess.

    http://i.giphy.com/8Y6gQAYMdWZgI.gif

    • yessir, GDT + Ron Perlman = greatness

      • Tyree

        Check out The Devil’s Backbone to if you have not already. That’s his first one, and one of my favorites by him.

        • KJM

          It’s probably my favorite since I’ve done time in boarding school and know what that’s like.

      • Malted Hate

        Except when it’s Hellboy. All in all I really like Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth being my favorite) but way to pick up maybe the coolest (and Most metal) comic ever and turn it into a generic superhero/ Monster summer flick.

        • you and i shall have a gentleman’s disagreement. Hellboy (1 & 2) and Pacific Rim are summer blockbuster films with that special GDT touch that no other filmmaker could have provided. i wish i could give you specifics, but it’s just that special something he does

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

            I’ll back you on this.

          • Malted Hate

            I Know I know they are Good films. Its just that I’m such a fanboy of the comics that I was very disappointed. Special #2 (That whole beer drinking sob scene with abe sapien UGH).
            I can recognize that they are fun movies and have an inherent quality to them, they are just not my favorites.
            Pacific Rim I haven’t seen yet so I can’t comment on that.

          • i haven’t read the comics, so i’m granting you all the points. i thought that scene was hilarious/touching

          • Malted Hate

            Give them a shot if you like comics. Its pretty mind-blowing stuff.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I’ll back you up on this. I haven’t read them all, but I really liked the ones I read.

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

            Same

    • Akerskronks ov Steele

      I saw the ads for the latest Guillermo Del toro film. Looks fuckin crazy. The best is when he collaborates with Sam Raimi.

      • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

        Sam “Spider-Man 3” Raimi?

        • Tyree

          The best thing that man has done is Evil Dead. I’m not a fan of much more.

          • Akerskronks ov Steele

            I liked Drag Me To Hell. Not so much the new Evil Dead.

          • Tyree

            See, I liked the Evil dead series 1 & 2 and Army of Darkness. The new Evil Dead was brutal but nothing great. Just good old bloody gore. Drag Me To Hell really didn’t do much for me at all honestly.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            I thought Drag Me To Hell was pretty bad.

          • KJM

            Yep, crap on a stick.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Part 3 was a giant abortion.

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

            I don’t think any film has made me feel quite as disappointed as Spider-Man 3. That was the day I realized just how cruel a place the world can be.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, part 2 was the best. But as I look at that whole series, it was all bad. And part three took the cake. Too many villains, bad story, emo Parker. Horrible.

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

            The new Fantastic 4 movie is sitting at an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

          • lulz, i been enjoying reading those reviews. fun to watch a sinking ship

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

            I expected it to be bad, but I didn’t expect them to make it worse than the last two FF movies.

          • NO JOKE! you’d think somebody in charge would be saying that same thing to him/herself

          • JW(E)G

            This pretty much sums up why nobody gets FF right, IMHO: https://twitter.com/petersimeti/status/628957332161069057

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            The first FF-movie wasn’t all bad! At least three seconds were enjoyable!

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

            I have a very high threshold for dumb movies, but I never actually finished Rise of the Silver Surfer.

          • I finished Rise of the Silver Surfer.

            It sucks.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            They still keep fucking up that franchise.

    • KJM

      Seen it long ago.

    • Guacamole Jim

      Seen it, kinda dug it. The effects were terribad, but the story was actually pretty cool.

  • JW(E)G

    I have been intermittently looking for a good discography summary for Kronos since the AMG review of Kronos by Kronos.

    Thank you kindly, Spear/TovH. I now know what I must do…

    • Spear

      You are most welcome! Given how much people talked about the new one already, I thought a full discography review was in order.

      • Lacertilinger

        Ya dun gud Spear

  • DCLXVI

    love the intro sounds of slaughter

  • DCLXVI

    Not a big TD fan but I’m really digging this Kronos….
    it’s got windows down music up at the stoplight potential.

    • Roll roll, roll your coal,
      Black lungs are but a dream.
      Fill the sky with dark black smoke,
      *Cough -er, *Cough, Yippee!

      GL

      • DCLXVI

        <3

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

    Great writing, Spearow. I’ll check this out when I’m in a less somber mood.

  • I still cannot get over last weeks band, Alustrium.

    The new Kronos song is trill, though.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I’ve only heard the latest but it’s Ripping! Surprisingly rippind even, since it doesn’t really appear my kind of music at first.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Well I did liaten to the first album (mostly) and it is not for me. Nor very good. Playing the second now, or well, a couple o’ songs from it and it’s inatantly better. Although so far hasn’t really hit me.

  • Once again, Spear kills with his recommendations.

    Good balance between brutal and techy (non-widdlie) music. Thanks, dude.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Mmmmmm, this is good and heavy. Spear ftw!!

  • Hubert

    I liek dis

    • Guacamole Jim

      i liek u

  • Waynecro

    I’ve been playing Arisen New Era in the gym for about a week now. It’s brutal and super catchy. I like to do a little dance (a combination of lunges and stomping around in an imaginary pit) between sets of squats to keep my legs warm, and Kronos provides the groove I need to move! Also, A Loathing Requiem’s Acolytes Eternal.

    • Lacertilinger

      I tried that A Loathing Requiem a few days ago, might have to revisit.

      • Waynecro

        Do eeeet! Also, if you haven’t already, check out The Path of Apotheosis by Inferi–a melodic-death-metal band that features A Loathing Requiem mastermind Malcolm Pugh. Inferi crushes and incinerates dicks simultaneously.

  • Vladimir Poutine

    Man, this is some good stuff. Between this, Balmog, and the Cattle Decap that better arrive tomorrow, my ears are in for a nice beating over the next few days.

  • Brouroboris

    I’m a big tech death fan but it shits me no end when the lyrics/pronunciation don’t flow naturally. That klymenos underneath lyric video case in point.