Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Kruger-Adam and Steve


Influences are listed as Breach, Entombed, Neurosis and Tool and the current band members include vocalist Renaud, bassist Blaise, drummer Raph and two guitarists in Margo & Raul. And for this (experimental) Swiss heavy metal/post-hardcore five piece, who are not to be confused with the two separate Kruger-named bands from Russia, this PledgeMusic-funded LP is reported the end game. As in no more music and "Let's all go out on a high note fellows!" if the rumors are indeed true. If that is to be the case then this Lausanne-based collective (active since 2001 with this 8-track release, once more produced by the band members themselves and mixed by Cult of Luna's own Magnus Lindberg, serving as album number five) has a nice swan song here. Every bit the band that the above four influences suggest, with the cleverly-titled "Adam and Steve" clocking in at just over 47 minutes(!), Kruger here close the gap between music and noise all while traipsing about in the cold dead of night. To be sure this one is bleak and oppressive and filled with little in the way of light, but for Kruger it all ends up well as "Adam and Steve" is heavy hellfire, death and of course all-out devastation! There's no need to expect mercy or compassion out of a record like this one and you are sure to come out of the experience all the more cynical (if not devoid of all emotions like the constant vibe of this soundtrack of the abyss!) and that's not a bad thing in the least ghouls and boys! Thank the dark maker of all things bleak and ominous for this maniacal post-metal stab at hostility as honestly this right here is all we need to make it through another day! It's the life of the party friends! Especially as who amongst us really needs more "hopped up on happiness" Top-40 pop shit? Not I....

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