KRATON - World Eater

Kraton - World Eater

5 songs
22:37 minutes
***** ***
(self released)


Two years ago, local death metal newcomers Kraton left a very favourable impression with their debut demo Ker. In the meantime, vocalist Mike was busy with his other band Dreadnought which released an also exceptionable album last year. Now itís once again Kratonís turn, and after the debut which had nearly enough minutes to be a longplayer, we get with World Eater this time "only" a five track demo. Also the band has changed their way of distribution. If the debut was still a free download, you have to pay this time a modest sum. Any why not?, considering that instruments and studio gear arenít free.

So what has changed since Ker? I dare say "not much", which is of course not so bad when everything was just fine to start with. Just like the debut, World Eater is also clearly labelled a demo, and as such doesnít come with high end production values. But it still sounds much better than the kind of demo tapes I was used to from metal bands in the early Nineties.

Kraton consider themselves a blackened doom death metal band, and frankly this can mean a lot of things. Basically they are a good old-fashioned death metal band which most of time plays steaming mid-tempo riffs full of ferocity. Occasionally there is room for faster parts, as on Devoured for instance, reminding of the good, old proto thrash metal from Eighties. The doom component is also justified by some menacingly slow parts. The instrumental parts of the songs have been recorded live at the bandís rehearsal space at the Bricherhaff (and now go to Google Maps and look it up, damn it!), only the vocals were recorded later on. This makes on the one hand for a very authentic feeling that few bands can conjure, even if on the other hand one might only assume how great this would have sounded, had it been done with higher financial means. Also the vocals, which are great and without reproach, could be, in my opinion, a little more prominent in the mix.

Apart from that, World Eater is a worthy successor to Ker, and every fan of handmade death metal should feel right at home with this quintet.

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