Kriver, a five piece band hailing from Brazil, seems to have pulled off the combination of power and death together so well, that it inspired me to write about it! It is definitely strange to see elements of death metal in a power metal band, some of us would think of it as a musical abomination, but let me clear this up. Kriver has executed this mix to excellent proportions. The songs still hold the true essence of power metal with touches of death vocals which make it nothing but fiercer. The vocalist does a mighty job with a very mighty voice, his medieval ballad style singing truly is amazing!
The music? It’s simply fabulous, with the ambient sounds of the keyboards / piano transporting you to the vast world of fantasy, Kriver brings through with it’s music! Sounds range from pure fantasy sounds (as in music you are expected to hear in games or anime) to beautiful medieval progressions, which honestly gave me goose bumps while listening to it.
The guitars are so well balanced with the powerful vocals and the mellow yet dramatic keyboard / piano progressions. Everything has been so nicely moderated that no instrument over powers each other at any given moment other than the obvious guitar solos! The guitar solo in the song ‘Scions Resolve’ is quite impressive! The solo not being only about speed itself, captures the listener in its progression, a very melodic solo all in all! The solo of ‘Our Silent Border’ while being a short one takes you to the heat of battle in its grace and speed. The bass is not dumbed down in this band as most other power / epic metal bands tend to do, with the exceptions of bands like Hammerfall.
This album truly shines with its 4th and final song, ‘Ghosts Should Not Care’. While it may be the mellowest of all the songs, it holds the EP in an almost majestic state, this song gave me goose bumps with it’s incredibly melodic piano progressions and flawless lead harmonies flowing along with the vocals gloriously like a battle hymn. One thing that stood out during the whole song was the prominence of the bass guitar, the bass lines in certain places were nothing but enchantment of epic levels. The whole song has a fairytale flair to it, a truly epic song.
One thing that really made me notice this EP was the amazingly executed album art. If any of you have been fans of games like Fable, Dragon Age, War Craft and such, this album art will be candy to your eyes. The glowing magic stone circle reminds me a lot of Skyrim’s enchantment table. The level of detail is beyond what most other digitally designed album arts have.
The lyrics which I was scouring for on the internet proved to be a futile attempt until I managed to find snippets on the facebook page. I must say the language and style of writing used by this band is truly epic. Here are some examples:
“Our towers shone, from dusk till dawn
Proud banners high, sigils of earth and endless Sky
All ye who fight with me, shall inherit glory as far as eyes can see ”
-From ‘Our Silent Borders’
“Now, this haze shall soon fade away
Like fog in cold rain
On the night our fates turn twain”
-From ‘Ghosts Should Not Care’
“Unending nights take their toll, growing cold
But my quarry´s resolute, as is my resolve”
-From ‘Scions Resolve (Retribution)’
With the pure sound of power and death Kriver transports you to their own world of fantasy in their 4 song long EP, ‘Foresight’. I personally think this is a journey no power metal fan should miss, step into the portal!