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Grond - Worship The Kraken

Worship The Kraken
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 11 March 2017, 11:35 AM

Sometimes, coincidences can capture our attention without being done in a way that we can’t deny, and I’m not speaking about some kind of copying of something like that, just simple things, like band names, line-ups, and the like. Being extremely honest, the first feature of the Russian quartet GROND that called my personal attention is that they have a drummer/singer, a rare feature in the days we are living now. Here they are with their latest album, “Worship the Kraken”.

I’ll speak honestly: my mind compared the feature of the drummer/singer with a classic quartet in Death Metal, the Concord gods from AUTOPSY. But the comparison ends here, because these Russian slaughterers have their own musical personality. They play a sick and insane form into Death Metal, sounding like a fusion of the elements that you can find on bands as MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, ENTOMBED, CANCER, and something from AUTOPSY (specially on the technical approach used on the rhythmic session), but have in mind: these guys have guts and personality, so let their music blow your ears and devastate your minds!

Even being aggressive and sick, their musical work has a very good technical insight, and these features demand a good sound production. They got it, because they don’t try to sound as the forefathers of Death Metal, with a raw quality without need, but here they sound pretty clean and with defined instrumental tunes. This aspect makes the songs from “Worship the Kraken” truly tasteful. Sometimes as fast as hell, other ones slow and bitter, they really can conquer every Death Metal addict that listens to their work.

Be prepared for a massive Death Metal slaughter!

Best brutality assaults: “Kronos the Devourer”, where the tempos oscillate between some fast and aggressive ones with some slow and technical parts (where bass guitar and drums are really creating excellent technical moments); the raw and bitter grasp of “Steel Coffins” (again the contrast between fast and slow moments is presented, but these guys know how to create insane riffs and sickening solos), the raw and energetic Death Metal rush from “White Waters of South”, their personal version for “Blood Monk”, an old song from old Black Metal lords from GOATLORD (that here gained a more violent outfit); the hooking tempos from the bitterness called “Worship the Kraken” (fine grunts with hooking slow parts), and the slaughters called “Japetus the Ice Gate” (that features Lasse Pyykkö) and “Typhoon is Coming” (featuring Kostek Dolganov).

Be brutalized, be captured by their Traditional Death Metal ways, and worship GROND.

Originality: 7
Songwriting: 9
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Invocation
2. Kronos the Devourer
3. Steel Coffins
4. White Waters of South
5. Blood Monk
6. Worship the Kraken
7. Below the Thunders…
8. Devonian Tyrant
9. Japetus the Ice Gate
10. Typhoon is Coming
Kist - Drums, vocals
Dust - Guitars
Raze - Guitars
Daemorph - Bass
Record Label: Xtreem Music


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