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Review: Krohm - The Haunting Presence
The Haunting Presence

Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 56:29
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: October 15, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (12 Votes)

I'd been waiting anxiously for this one. Possibly one of the most unheralded black metal bands to have crawled out of the USBM scene, Krohm impressed me with both of their demos, and even more so with their debut album 'A World Through Dead Eyes'. All of their releases thus far are teeming with expansive atmospheric riffs, dark atonality and bile soaked larynx destruction - and this, their new album, is no different I'm glad to say.

Opening with 'Black Shores', the band push their fast paced 'Det Som Engang Var' worship early on, however more Xasthur-esque disharmonic flourishes are to be found later on in the album, with some very doomy ambience to be found throughout some of the later songs too (possibly due to the fact the one and only band member Numinas used to play keyboards with the monolithic doom/death merchants Evoken). Although the album kicks off at a fast pace, the album as a whole is slightly more of a mid-paced slow burner, which crackles and fizzes with distain like a flame slowly cooking dead flesh. However, for the parts that do hit the pedal to the metal, it conjures images of flying at top speed through a snowbound forest, with icy branches whipping your face, and sleet pelting you mercilessly. Each track lasts between 7 and 10 minutes, each telling a different tale of foreboding sorrow without once growing tiresome or repetitive, a sign of great song structuring. In fact, Krohm's ability to actively gather and repeating strong riffs into moody ice-behemoths and top them off with a ton of unrestrained harmonies really works a treat with the cavernous arpeggios and void-like openness of the album as a whole, and I can't get enough of it at the moment.

Solemn, dark and with an overwhelming feeling of frostiness, Krohm should be in your 'need to check out' lists if this style of music does anything for you whatsoever. Ardently bleak, spine tingling and most importantly - chillingly excellent.

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