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Crionics: Neuthrone

Poland's Crionics are back with their third offering, the industrial/ death/black metal machine titled Neuthrone. Drawing inspiration from fellow Polish bands Vader and Behemoth, as well as Fear Factory and some of the symphonic black metal acts from Norway, Crionics combine crushing death metal, long on brutal guitar riffs, sledgehammer drums, and Vader-ish vocal growls, with futuristic & orchestal keyboard tapestries.

This is some exciting and kick ass material, and as tight and mammoth sounding as the guitar riffs are, it's the blasting drum barrage that really ups the 'wow' factor throughout Neuthrone. Tunes like "New Panteon" and "Superiors" charge full steam ahead with gargantuan aggression, with all the arrangements tight as hell, as the band take their death-black-industrial hybrid into ear splitting directions. One minute the band plows into a Morbid Angel inspired rampage, on the next they hammer the cosmos with a vengeful yet trippy take on Fear Factory inspired cyber-metal, and at others they come close to reaching the black metal supremacy of acts like Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, and Old Man's Child. More often than not though this is simply brutal Polish death metal, that fans of the already mentioned Vader, Behemoth, and even Decapitated, will simply fall in love with. The riffs are at times technical, but not overly so, the drums as I mentioned are a marvel to listen to (courtesy of Darkside), and the vocals are very strong. Listen to the churning riff-o-rama and stunning blast beats on the rampaging "Humanmeat Cargo", a brutal piece made even more complete with some very effective growls from guitarist/vocalist War-A.N, and if you like your extreme metal to sound 'epic', get ready for the huge sounds on "Outer Empire".

Most of the talk surrounding the Polish extreme metal scene usually involves mostly Vader, Behemoth, and Decapitated. Well, after most folks have a chance to hear Neuthrone, expect to add Crionics to that short list.

Track Listing
01. Introduction 01:19
02. New Pantheon 03:36
03. Arrival 2033 03:10
04. NeuThronAeon 04:30
05. Superiors 04:06
06. Hell Earth 02:57
07. Humanmeat Cargo 03:39
08. Outer Empire 04:58
09. Frozen Hope 05:40
10. When the Sun goes out 04:52
11. Black Warriors (Bonus Track) 04:52

Added: June 20th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Crionics Website
Hits: 4020
Language: english

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Crionics: Neuthrone
Posted by Jedd Beaudoin, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-06-20 15:43:46
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Seems like this lot has been listening to plenty of Behemoth and hoping to create a black and death metal hybrid like that earth-scorching Polish trio. But instead of crafting something that makes the listener return time and again, eager to have ear ripped from limb and flesh scorched by the hot fires of hell, we're left with something that's fairly chaotic, largely uninteresting and which wears out its welcome by the end of the second track. Sure, there are some cool moments, like the first few bars of "Arrival 2033," but most of it goes to heck faster than the average 15-year-old can turn his cross to right once Mom walks in the room.

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