The Kraken – … Rises (EP Review)

This is a five-track debut from this Adelaide 4 piece. The bio states sludge/stoner/thrash but for you genre nazis, I really do not see anything wrong with just calling this heavy rock/thrash metal. The solos are strong and the drumming especially is a standout. The vocals remind me of a young James Hetfield which of course means that it has immense potential.

The opening track rises begins with a galloping riff and with plenty of double kicks. This is a very energetic, educated-sounding style of rock combined with a raw-sounding production which adds to their natural sound. This is a perfect opener and showcases their strengths. Slow decay is next and this is a slower rock tempo with a tasteful lead.

Purps is my favorite track and is an uptempo track where the singer shows his high notes. There is a cleverly placed change to ask us to go space trucking which makes all the difference and ensures this song is memorable. Hole has a southern feel with a creeping, tense groove. The final track, Let go begins with a more musical intro that would not sound out of place on a prog-rock album. This evolves into a solid, hard-riffing track that brings us to the end of a great album. Hard to believe these guys have only been going a year.

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Release Year: 2014
Label: self-released
Category: EP
Country: Australia

Reviewed by Matt