Album Title: The Corroding Age of Wounds
Label: Kneel Before The Master's Throne Records
This is the second full-length album from Kratornas, a Philippine band playing grinding black metal.
The production on this record is quite clear, with high, thin guitars and gurgling snarled vocals. The thumping drum sound is right up front in the mix, and tends to bury everything else during the blasting parts.
In terms of songwriting, this album is much more coherent and structured than Kratornas' earlier works. The crazy solos are still present, but the riffing is more restrained, almost in the Bathory mold. Stately, catchy riffs like the one at the end of "Beasts From The Sea" add maturity to the band's sound, while the frenetic blasting parts remind me of their earlier works. Unfortunately, I think the drum sound really ruins the fast-paced parts; it's just impossible to enjoy them with the steady, one-note thud of the drums drowning out everything else. Too bad, because the mid-paced and slow parts are great, much better than on the earlier albums! Songs like "Chaosblade", with its insane intro, full-bore blasting, and stomping main riff, really emphasize how much this band has grown.
This is worth checking out if you like both old-school riffing and shredding blasting sections, but I think I'd recommend the band's earlier works over this, solely due to the drum-heavy production. I can certainly recommended it for those who already have the other albums, though.
Standout Tracks: "Beasts From The Sea", "Chaosblade", "Interstellar Doom"