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Kromosom: Live Forever

Imagine what it would sound like to yell, as loudly as you are able, into a tin can. I'm guessing the result would be muffled, noisy, and awful. This album sounds something like that. The promo materials call it "crust," a legitimate style of extreme music, but the way these guys do it simply doesn't work. Throughout the whole thing, there's a tinny, distorted sound that never lets up and almost never goes away. I'm guessing this is done deliberately, mostly so the band can play up their extreme assault on the ears. I don't see what purpose it ultimately holds, especially since it makes the music all sound the same, the lyrics incomprehensible, and the craft inexplicable. For a debut release, this album does more to push listeners away than to welcome them in. Another problem is that the sound drowns the bass out far more often than it should; this is sad because the bass lines are often the best parts of the songs. Sometimes it comes through loud and clear, only to be cast aside by the entry of the awful treble and distortion of the guitar. Even the drums are regularly reduced to background beats, hardly the stuff of good extreme music. The vocals probably come closest to matching the constant assault of the distortion, but they are incomprehensible in the worst possibly ways. I was reminded of Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," not exactly a masterpiece of clear articulation. Unlike Elvis, though, this guy plays up the tininess of the sound and leaves listeners exhausted.

The good news is that the fifteen tracks go by pretty quickly; recommended if you like noise.

Track Listing:
1. DBH
2. Bred to Lose
3. Shapeshifter
4. Paranoid
5. Fallout
6. Are You Free?
7. Chaos Night
8. Systematic Death
9. Living Dead
10. Live Forever
11. Hysteria
12. Swine Control
13. Wasted Life
14. Force Fed Lies
15. Sentenced to Life

Added: January 11th 2013
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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