I remember the times when I used to listen to every other album that had the tag brutal death metal attached to it. That was when I first stumbled across the sick world of slam. Today though, I keep my eyes out only for a very few bands of this type. This style of metal quickly lost its allure with every other band just stringing slams together, showing barely little sign of innovation. But one of the albums that I did wait for is Kraanium’s ‘Chronicles of Perversion’. This is mainly because I remember having so much fun listening to their previous release, the fantastic ‘Post Mortal Coital Fixation’. The Norwegians have followed it up pretty well with their upcoming release.
Even the uninitiated can guess how the album is going to sound. The album art and the track names, leave little to the imagination. The music is the sonic representation of the brutal, violent and misogynistic elements that the album proudly boasts. So what makes this album worth one’s while if nothing is going to be of surprise? The answer to that is that it is a mindlessly fun listen that you can rock out to over and over again.
What sets Kraanium apart from most of today’s slam bands is that they know how to string their slams together with riffs, in a way that is not boring and monotonous. The album kicks off with samples about serial killers and their victims, as is often the case, which is followed by some thrashy death metal riffs and some deep guttural vocals in ‘Rock Filled Orifice’. The thumping bass then signals the commencement of the slams.
Catchy slams are littered all over the album and they are used to write actual songs with riffs and a structure. The guttural squeals brings out the violent nature of the music. The vocals are pretty well enunciated (as enunciated as pig squeals go) and one can make out that vocalist is saying something that is not just ‘Bree!’. The groove and the thumping bass notes add more fun to the slam sections.
There is even a completely instrumental title track that is just three full minutes of groove filled fun. This track even features a guitar solo that rages on as the slams continue to pummel the listener to the ground. The fast riffs and slow slams duality is effective in keeping the listener hooked and the music fresh.
Kraanium may not be paving the way for the next new sound in metal. But they sure know how to make an album that would please brutal death metal fans. ‘Chronicles of Perversion’ is a sick, demented and fun album that would have you slamming over and over again.