Krokmitën - Alpha-Beta

01. alpha-beta

If there's one type of band I instinctively steer clear of, it's the type that constantly makes me look around and ask "where am I? the fuck is that? the fuck is this? " You know, Blackjazz/Unexpect/proggy prog kind of stuff. Stuff that makes me want to run wailing back to the death metal stronghold and play with Tonka trucks.

Occasionally, however, said death metal stronghold is infiltrated by "experimental" stuff. Krokmitën has strolled into it, twirling its mustache, twiddling its fingers, and have plotted something big with the concept album alpha-beta. Something all experimental like. And when something as structurally weird (for DM, at least) as this moseys on in, I can't help but feel a little suspicious.

Luckily, this is a comparatively safe experimental album. And I like that about this thing in particular quite a bit. The WTF moments scattered throughout don't at all detract from the album's death grooves. They're there to surprise and keep the listener entertained, not to show off. The album doesn't revolve around them.

Although the lyrics read a bit like what you'd expect from a writing seminar run by Jeremy Loughner, they're easy enough to ignore if that's not your kind of thing. There's an abundance of solid riffing, an abundance of excellent growling, and some pretty vicious-sounding drumming as well. The band is skilled, and you'll likely bang your head along with them quite a bit during this. As for the more experimental, ambient/orchestral bits, they too are, for the most part, enjoyable. Also, when the album's brutal moments crescendo, they succeed in bringing on the spine quivers and Mick Jagger lip contortions--a feat worth recognition.

Bottom line, this isn't an album to causally toss on while drinking and/or around friends. Nor is it supposed to be played while alone, puffing tobacco, tugging at your goatee, pretending to understand the obnoxiously cryptic Baudrillard book you're looking at. It's experimental stuff. You're going to have to experiment with it.


Written on 20.08.2011 by
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Carl Berg - 20.08.2011 at 13:21  
this isn't an album to causally toss on while drinking ... Nor is it supposed to be played while alone, puffing tobacco, tugging at your goatee

This album really isn't for me

Very well written review though!
Mr. Doctor - 20.08.2011 at 13:52  
Screw you! Unexpect is awesome... I'm going home.

Cool review though.
qlacs - 20.08.2011 at 14:38  
Review is ok, but mentioning Shining and Unexpect is way too much exaggeration.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.08.2011 at 19:22  
Not bad. Not really approaching experimental territory but I appreciate their approach (mostly retrain and deliberate repetition) and the overall sound is nice (a bit Daath-like at times) and it's always nice to see bands try to do the whole 1 song per album thing.

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