Here Comes the Kraken
Here Comes the Kraken


4.5
superb

Review

by TrojanWhore USER (6 Reviews)
June 11th, 2009 | 53 replies | 18,129 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A brilliant display of talent and songwriting ability, Here Comes the Kraken's debut is as consistent as it gets when it comes to brutal deathcore.

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

Here Comes the Kraken are a brutal technical deathcore band hailing from Mexico of all places. They combine ferocious technicality, guttural vocals and cunt smashing breakdown riffs - but isn't that what every deathcore band seem to do?
Some could say yes, but the fact is, Here Comes the Kraken are ridiculously good at what they do. Every member is very competent and the band's songwriting skills are certainly not average. There are frequent bouts of guitar wankery, usually
in the form of sweeping but it is always welcomed. After the obligatory introduction track, things really get going with Don't Fail Me Darko. Right from the onset, you know this band mean business; tight blasbeats aplenty, very well done vocals
incorporating a mix of high screams and low growls and a good blend of brutality and melody in the riffs. Oh and another thing that might surprise you - audible bass! It doesn't always follow the guitars either which is refreshing. Put simply,
Don't Fail Me Darko is a brutal collection of riffs and impressive breakdowns (you won't find overly simplistic open chord chugging, there is a lot more substance to the guitar parts than most generic deathcore bands). Not much past the halfway
point, you're ears are treated to an absolutely terrific guttural roar; for those that way inclined, you can rape your ears
over and over until fully satisfied.

The rest of the album follows suit really. But what sets this band apart from their deathcore peers is the way they can seamlessly blend extreme brutality with a great sense of melody - it is clear that the songwriting skills of the band are
very well developed. There are some superb double bass drum patterns (parts of Into the Slaughter Basement has some sick groove-laden riffs) and generally, the drums are interesting and varied enough to keep you interested. The rhythm section is probably one of the most impressive I've heard in the deathcore genre - Into the Slaughter Basement has an excellent bass solo section before plunging you back into the depths of musical insanity.

Other album highlights include Underwater Visions, a rip roaring track that features some awesome bass work, varied vocals and a great melodic section, proving that Here Comes the Kraken aren't always 100% brutal 100% of the time. All in all, the
band's debut is extremely impressive and I would rate it very highly in the brutal deathcore genre - definitely check this out if you're into old Through the Eyes of the Dead, The Boy Will Drown (although they're more tech/spazz), Postmortem Promises and all those other deathcore bands that everybody on Sputnik loves to hate.

Recommended Tracks
Don't Fail Me Darko
Into the Slaughter Basement
Underwater Visions
The Legend of the Rent Is Way Hardcore



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RoundOnEndHiInMiddle (4.5)
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jrowa001
June 11th 2009



8750 Comments


i tried listening to this a while ago and i didnt like it at all

xequalscore
June 11th 2009



437 Comments


Seeing as how Kraken are amazing creatures, there is no way this can't be good, right?

ianjulian
June 11th 2009



623 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I saw them play live and they are phenomenal

SmurkinGherkin
June 11th 2009



1769 Comments


I shall look into this as the only deathcore i have heard is bmth lol

Wizard
June 11th 2009



19240 Comments


Hey Trojan, haven't seen you around for a long time. Good review, but a few formatting issues with paragraphs.

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Nikkolae
June 11th 2009



4769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this isnt really that technical, d say this is more like melodic deathcore, if such abomination indeed exists

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lobby
June 11th 2009



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album was enjoyable, but a 4.5????

Pebster49
June 12th 2009



2991 Comments


Wow, this sounds awesome. Probably not 4.5, but way better than a 2.5 too. Im thinking 3.5-4ish, best deathcore I've heard in a long time.

masterofcum
June 12th 2009



428 Comments


krappen is more like it

Pebster49
June 12th 2009



2991 Comments


oh we have a clever fellow here

TrojanWhore
June 12th 2009



752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The deathcore haters on sputnik came in twos hurrah, hurrah...

Band is awesome, end of.

IWhisperedSilence
June 16th 2009



17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

...And I thought Mexicans were only good at mowing lawns.

Amazing album.

ZenIsNotChosen
June 18th 2009



94 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Has anyone bothered to check out the lyrics to some of their songs? They make no sense at all.

Xplisit
June 22nd 2009



1646 Comments


band rules

TrojanWhore
June 23rd 2009



752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who negged? Because I mean, what the fuck.

SmurkinGherkin
June 23rd 2009



1769 Comments


I just realised the title for track 8 haha

nevertoolate
July 16th 2009



79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is killer, drums are insane, vox are undescribable at points in a good way and Ive heard they slay live

TrojanWhore
July 16th 2009



752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Has anyone bothered to check out the lyrics to some of their songs? They make no sense at all.


Maybe you're just retarded mate.

Xplisit
July 16th 2009



1646 Comments


"I just realised the title for track 8 haha"

yeah on their myspace you can find the demo version of the song. the intro riff is played over jack black's singing of the legend of the rent

combustion07
July 16th 2009



5340 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

School of Rock reference makes this essential.



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