Label: Monster Nation - MN-034 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Czech Republic • Genre: Rock • Style: Death Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. And guess what I have Touch The Sun - Krabathor - Orthodox those versions haha! And I can tell you that they sound great. That brutal death metal on the LP sounds fantastic, I think. Krabathor was still balancing their music between fast, brutal death metal and slower, kind of groovy playing, which sometimes has even some melodic parts here One Man Band - Leo Sayer - Just A Boy there… but the advantage Touch The Sun - Krabathor - Orthodox on the most preferred side — which is brutal fuckin death metal, played in truly vicious and savage way!
Every riff cuts like a sharp razor and all together the music creates a massive wall, which — when played loud — turns into really powerful beast. And try to listen to it, without actually banging your skull — impossible! And damn, you can hear the stylistic difference! All in all, Touch The Sun - Krabathor - Orthodox songs were composed in !!!! Krabathor's 4th full-length album Orthodox arrived with a rather 'unorthodox' image gracing its cover, which would perhaps lead the listener to believe that the band's focus has shifted towards the more political realm of death metal, and to an extent this is true, though the band was lyrically exploring these themes on Lies and you could find several examples on the earlier albums.
What struck me as a far broader difference was the tone of the album, because Orthodox is the most crushing production of any Krabathor album to date, due largely to the huge, syrup-like distortion of the bass and the ever bludgeoning guitars, more apt to deliver a headache than anything the band had released prior. This album is a natural extension of the Mortal Memories EP from two years prior, albeit with newer material to complement the title track, which we'd already heard but seems polished up in its place as the album opener.
Scorching and virile, it blasts and burns through 3 minutes under the power of new drummer 'Skull' and his methodical footwork. Krystof's chords are far denser here than Lies, but he retains the thrashing influence he has involved since the debut.
After this, the album actually picks up in quality, with its two best tracks in swift succession. I also really loved the hook in the breakdown, Touch The Sun - Krabathor - Orthodox the thick morass of grooving chords that embarks thereafter. Closer "About Death" builds some drama with a hefty if brief synth intro and some chug and squeal as Bruno goes mad on the four strings, and it's not a bad track either.
Orthodox is the new, improved brutality of Krabathor come to fruition. It departs from the thinner tones and additional slicing melody of Lies, but as for the writing it's not exactly a degree turn.
While I must admit the sinew of this album is more impressive from a mix standpoint than its predecessors, I do kind of prefer the atmosphere of Cool Mortification, and I felt Lies had stronger songwriting overall. Nonetheless, this is still an effective, and certainly heavy release for the Czechs which would undoubtedly appeal to fans on the more extreme end of slamming death metal. And there are a few tracks here which number among the band's career highs.
Immediately I noticed that this is a much different Krabathor. This sounds much more modern than any previous output. This is a technical and brutal exercise in death metal. The opening title track mixes in carefully constructed blast beats with what seems like exponentially beefier and pounding double bass when compared to Lies.
Holy shit! How much of a difference 3 years can make! Liquid continues in the absolutely devastating assault of wrath-filled riffage. The new-found technicality is simply that huge of a departure from their early albums. Although the technicality is about 5 notches up, the atmosphere is somewhat similar to that of Lies. The production is nearly the same, with a very clear, organic, and full sound.
The Touch The Sun - Krabathor - Orthodox sound lower in the mix though. That was the problem with Lies, and here the drums are even quieter. Way to compound your faults, guys! In the late 80s, and spilling into the early 90s, Krabathor wrote a lot of songs. Orthodox is the first album to not feature any songs from any of the earlier thrash influenced demos. I We Love - The Association - Star-Collection that might explain the difference in the songwriting, as a lot of the thrash has been replaced by groove.
Technically pun intendedthis is a continuation of the Krabathor sound. Body as a Cover goes back into the realm of Lies and throws in a little bit of thrashy riffage for everyone to munch on. Parasites also fits into the classic Krabathor list. The track Shit Comes Brown is a minute long blast of fury that spits out a little bit of grind influenced death metal. And the lyrics are fucking dumb. What happened to the creative and poetic Krabathor lyrics of past albums? Oh well. This is the late 90s!
This album is weaker than earlier Krabathor albums, but only because it is stronger. It seems like Krystof is trying to keep up with the fact that death metal was getting more and more brutal as the 90s progressed. They certainly can Stretch - Mataya - She berserk and crazy with technicality, but really, should they?
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