|April 23, 2012 - Alpha-Beta reviewed on The Mix Eclectic
Site: The Mix Eclectic
Date: April 23rd 2012
The embodiment of metal as art, Krokmitën's album Alpha-Beta consists of precisely one track. At 46 minutes long it's an imposing beast, but quite honestly the time flies when experiencing this masterpiece of experimental metal. There is an accompanying lyric video with psychedelic imagery to befuddle the mind and is available for download in 720p high definition, should you feel inclined to dedicate your entire brain to this metal leviathan. The music is also available as a single massive MP3, or as a set of 19 MP3s intended to be played on "gapless" capable players, which all should be. These 19 chapters, as they are referred to by the band, have their own titles and are also present on the CD.
The concept of the album is the man-made creation of the antichrist, from what I can glean. It's certainly an interesting concept, and is carried well by the album. Musically it is, understandably, relentless. There are breaks and instrumental passages, and progressive elements are certainly present, but the entire duration of the song is an immersive death metal experience. The drum work is atmospheric and carries the character of the album, often at the forefront as the jarring, crunching guitar riffs strike the senses again and again. The album is intended to be listened to from start to finish in one go, and so it is better to experience the complete work as one mind-expandingly brilliant piece of music.
As an aside, the artwork is really quite wonderful, too. I can heartily recommend getting the desktop wallpaper. It's certainly made my monitors stand out in the office.
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