Monday, 31 October 2011

KRUX - III He Who Sleeps Amongst The Stars (CD+LP)

Interesting… I didn’t even notice I had listened to the same album three times in a row. It just keeps on and on without getting boring. Krux is the boiled down who-is-who of Swedish metal featuring singer Mats Levén, guitarists Fredrik Åkesson and Jörgen Sandström, bass player Leif Edling, keyboardplayer Carl Westholm and drummer Peter Stjärnvind. No use going through what each and everyone has been doing, mentioning names like Opeth, Candlemass, Entombed, Yngwie Malmsteen and Therion is enough. Such line-ups can easily become fuck-ups. Well, not in this case. Krux have delivered since their first self-titled release. On their third release they do it again, now more than ever! Three of the members also formed part of the band Abstrakt Algebra and the similarities are many. For some reason Krux however hits me way harder. It’s all about simple melodic riffing with doom written all over it, but without becoming drony and boring, despite the songs being quite long. Plus, Mats’ voice really fits this genre. This is a highly recommended CD, also available on vinyl from High Roller.
Janne Stark
Year: 2011
Label: GMR (CD), High Roller (LP)
Country: Sweden

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