Sunday, August 18, 2013


Pavement Entertainment

I almost passed on this promo from Cleveland's Kriadiaz when I saw that it featured a former member of Mushroomhead. That was until I saw that it was (locally) well-known guitarist Dave Felton (Hatrix, ex-Centurion, ex-Purgatory) whose work I've always appreciated. On this self-titled album, which looks as if it was originally released way back in June of 2012*, Dave Felton is joined by some old friends of his. Chief among them are heavy metal veterans Bryan Trembly (ex-Spawn) on bass and Emery Ceo (Ritual Of Torment, ex-Ritual, Ex-Torment, ex-Tormentor and ex-Dark Arena) on drums. Meanwhile it appears as if this might just be the first rodeo for lead vocalist Mike Ruz. If it is then kudos to Mike as he handles the role of lead vocalist here with ease. There's an air of authority to his voice which fits this band's form of homegrown, bad-to-the-bone, southern metal sludge fest like a glove! Officially Kriadiaz was formed in 2010 and, in addition to this quite hard-hitting debut album, the Metal Archives makes mention of a demo CD that was released by the band. Whether that is true or not I can't verify (or simply choose not to at this junction), but it's neither here nor there when we're talking about what makes this band tick. With Kriadiaz you get a band that is a million times removed from what Dave Felton was doing in Mushroomhead and all I can say is thank God for that! The band's promo offered up the promise of real metal and they most certainly delivered just that-real metal. As Dave Felton put it "We didn’t use any samples and we all played our own parts with out any digital doctoring." He goes on to say "Its Heavy Metal. What can I say?". And he's exactly right about that! This is heavy metal that's partly along the lines of Crowbar, Down, Kill Devil Hill and Pantera. It's thanks to the vocals of Mike Ruz (who sounds rather like a poor man's Phillip Anselmo) that the Pantera reference comes into play, but it's not like you could hold the two bands side by side like they were twins or something. It's more like this Ohio heavy metal band walks the same long road as Pantera, Crowbar and Down which translates into a southern style of metal with a simple side of groove. OK, so notice how I said that Kriadiaz was "partly" along the lines of Down, Crowbar, Pantera and Kill Devil Hill. Here's the other part of the equation with this Cleveland 4-piece: Black Sabbath. No, not so much the doom aspect of early Ozzy-lead Sabbath. Instead these guys (occasionally) take in some of Black Sabbath's (later period) heavy metal sound with the emphasis being on the "HEAVY" part. It's the other side of coin that Kriadiaz is interested in. So, as they tinker with Black Sabbath's brand of heavy metal, their much more concerned with getting that heavy crunch style of playing Tony Iommi to work for them instead of the doom and gloom. And they pretty much do get it to work for them. In a nutshell this is raw heavy metal with a few nice wrinkles thrown in to make it interesting, but it the end it never forgets that it's first and foremost a "HEAVY" metal band that plays REAL heavy metal. What more could any metal fan want?

*It looks as though this album was initially released on Shark Sausage Records which I kind of suspect was the band's own label.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavier than elephant balls! Good stuff right here

10:08 AM  
Anonymous hncreature said...

Mike Ruz was the guitarist for Torment / Ritual / Ritual of Torment - This would be his second singing gig with the first...Parmageddon...being a band doing heavier covers and now Kriadiaz - I never knew he had the pipes he did and blew me away when I heard some stuff from the other band

6:50 PM  

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