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|November 24, 2011 - "Alpha-Beta" review on Nightfall in Metal Earth
Source: http://metal.nightfall.fr (in french)
Site: Nightfall in Metal Earth
Date: November 24th 2011
Note: Here's a review we had translated in english from french, for your convenience. It's obviously very difficult to translate opinions without altering the ideas. In order to keep the meaning as much as possible, reading fluidity might be a little off. So bare with us here!
Tell me about a concept ... A 46-minute piece of wild Industrial Death / Black coupled with video animations synchronized to the music. Yes! There's a high chance that you'll be mesmerized by those migraines inducing images while listening to "Alpha-Beta". And the best part? In addition to being original in its approach, the Montreal trio offers everything for free on their website www.krokmiten.com! That's it for packaging. Attractive, right? And for that matter, take the time first to appreciate this first album's artwork... does it reminds you of a Thrash classic?
Once you jumped into this pool of visuals, that you dare to experience the video or not, it is easier to swallow this experimental metal band. This good big thrashy and glittering Death / Black is undoubtedly fed with electricity in a dark laboratory. There's Industrial details everywhere on this record, like a kind of acid in your veins, a psychotropic delirium, but not too extreme. The Quebecers also had the good sense not to drown us with a hyper polished production. Because the guitars' saturation and the pestilential atmosphere that exists on "Alpha-Beta" would have been too overwhelming. No, they kept it simple. And it works, because after many long plays of this album, at first intimidating and claustrophobic the format becomes more unified that we once thought. Without being the album of the century.
Holy shit, we can't deny it, it takes patience! Think about it a little: 46 minutes of guitar neck wankery, nitpicking, hallucinations and sometimes rough attempts to creep you out. This is not obvious. You must be overly persistent. Don't ever forget that unhealthy flow of energy that goes through your brain, it will help you stay hooked for the trip's duration. Unless you eat industrial for breakfast ...
As to dissect this work, I think that listing the most brilliant parts (like the first 14 or 29 minutes) is not only overly subjective but it would diminish what the Quebecers wanted to create. A 46-minute chunk divided into different parts is equivalent to a normal track listing. Why not do that? Their choice. Not mine. Maybe not yours but hey, if you take the time and trouble for it you'll have great time. Especially when the trio gets mad and pushes the tempo up and make their instruments scream, only then we really acknowledge KROKMITËN, the big thug infused with modernism and industrial metal.
I didn't think that I would get that much into this violent and powerful fascinating world. But I did and without too much trouble. And I think fans of Extreme Metal and Industrial in particular, will get into this unhealthily epic piece filled with tortured riffs and tremolos. A real creepily lit execution chamber, with deadly discharge of poisonous bites. Even the slower sections will feed you with some wacko Stoner/Doom, as if the knife quietly slit a wound.
"Alpha-Beta" is a curious offering in this second half of the year, an ambitious project that I'm not entirely convinced of yet. The video aspect does not turn me off but I do not just feel the need to stay glued in front for it for 46 minutes. I will probably not be the only one like this but if you feel like a brave guinea pigs... No, I prefer to concentrate KROKMITËN's not too soft music, a monster of an exemplary generosity.
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