Kraanium
Chronicles of Perversion

I don’t claim to be any sort of Slam aficionado or expert, but a few releases have slammed the shit out of me recently; Bloodscribe’s Prologue to the Apocalypse, Abominable Putritidy‘s The Anomalies of Artificial Origin reissue, Dysentry’s Fragments, Whoretopsy’s, Never Tear Us Apart,  Cumbeast’s eclectic Groovy Massacre, and this, the fourth album from Norwegian stalwarts, Kraanium.

Much like their last effort, 2012s  Post Mortal Coital Fixation, the recipe is unchanged and fucked with. Huge, down-tuned slams, gurgly burled vocals disturbing samples and a few blast beats and misogynistic  song titles like “Human Skin Fuck Doll” and “Sodomize Her Headless Corpse” . But, it appears on Chronicles of Perversion the band has focused even more on slamming, pounding wreckage with an even more mid paced delivery and less tinny blasts. At times, its almost like a down tempo form of slamming death metal with a shit ton of double bass or slower massive grooves and bass drops, that seems surprisingly developed.

For example, the title track, a lyric free instrumental is a massive, patient number that even has a melodic lead solo in it amid the slow burning chug. I mean, yeah there are blast beats all over the album (i.e. “Evisceration of Pre-Teen Cadavers”, “Human Skin Fuck Doll”, “Fermented Uteral Mastication”, “Rusty Knife Defloration”), but they seem short-lived and often pretty piece metal, But the album is at its neck snapping best when it lurches a lumbers like Jason Vorhees patently and unstoppable while  stalking prey.

The monstrous, beefy slams of “Hung By By Your Entrails”, “Destined for Surgical Defilement”, ‘Acid Cumbustion”, “Human Skin Fuck Doll” and a stoopid heavy in their simple, but devastating delivery. In particular, “Sodomize Her Headless Corpse” and closer “Revisitate to Mutilate” make me just involuntarily spasm and slam like a gorilla on ‘roids. So fair warning, don’t listen to this in confined spaces if you are prone to such fits. You will try to hate fuck the nearest person or inanimate object.

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Written by Erik T
September 7th, 2015

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