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Review: Kronos - Colossal Titan Strife
Colossal Titan Strife

Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2003
Duration: 42:35
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: January 29, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Colossal Titan Strife

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

Picture this: You're listening to the CD with headphones, and for a couple of seconds the guitar sound alternates between the left and right ear. I could almost feel my brain physically inside my head. This is just some of the pounding that this new Kronos album will put you through. This is very fast death metal, which if I were more of a faithful "deathhead" (no, don't start using this term daily) I would be able to compare to some other band, but I can't. Machine-gun style riffage at times reminding me of Metallica back in the days (but heavier) with a hint of early Megadeth and Painkiller-era Priest, insane drumming, and... Damn this is quite catchy. The guys seem to be influenced more by speed/thrash beats than by actual Death Metal and with the Death twist this is quite interesting to listen to, avoiding the "monotonous" trap that many DM bands fall into. This is the first time from memory that I actually "air-guitar" to Death Metal...

Things are more conventional Death Metal in the vocals department, very guttural (insert my usual breakfast comment here.) This is probably the first time I'm going to say that the guttural vocals flow were well with the beat of the music. Damn, lots of calendar-marking today! :) There's a lot to like here: Great diversified guitar work and intricate drum patterns, some wicked guitar solos and quite a good number of catchy yet non-compromising hooks. A refreshing sound in this overcrowded genre is always welcome, and "Colossal Titan Strife" is just what the doctor ordered. Great marriage of Death Metal and the more classic sounds. This French outfit is definitely worth checking out.

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