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Krux : Krux II

Krux explore the fusion of Doom Metal with the sounds of Hawkwind and Goblin.

This is the second album released by Krux or the more psychedelic and progressive alter ego of Candlemass. Just like the first album was built upon the sound that Candlemass had on ’Dactylitis Gloomerata’ and ’From The 13th Sun’, this album moves on the same direction, exploring the fusion of Doom Metal with the sounds of Hawkwind and Goblin. Leif has written the majority of the songs, leaving some creative room to his friends too.

The album opens with ‘Serpent’, a song that has less space/psych elements than those found on the first album, but with a thicker and dirtier sound. ‘Devil Sun’ that follows shows influences from the Italian giallo/horror film soundtracks and to me it's the gloomier and bleakest song in the entire album. ‘The Sea Of Doom’ and ‘Lex Lucifero’ are more mainstream, sounding close to the last two Candlemass albums, but thankfully these similarities do not ruin the good impression the album made on me this far. Next comes ‘Pirates’, an absolute live song; I had the chance to listen to the song on a live recording from a show the band did few weeks before the release of the album and this song was incredibly heavy and raw, my favorite from this album. Also impressive is the performance of Mats Levén on ‘Depressive Strokes Of Indigo’, a slow, heavy song that I'm sure in the future will be considered a classic. ‘Too Close To Evil’ could have been featured on any of the last two albums released by Candlemass. The album ends with ‘The Big Empty’ that follows the general atmosphere of the album, but a few new elements brought by the different songwriters give it a new fresher sound.

On the whole, the album keeps the same direction and quality as their first. Few minor Candlemass elements that are obvious here and there might take away some of the uniqueness that Krux showed on 'Krux I', but they manage to keep their distinct identity. I recommend it not just to Leif’s fans but also to anyone who is seriously into Doom Metal.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Serpent
2. Devil Sun
3. Sea Of Doom
4. Lex Lucifero
5. Pirates
6. Depressive Strokes Of Indigo
7. Too Close To Evil
8. The Big Empty

Duration : Approx: 48 minutes

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Reviewed on 2011-02-08 by Dimitris Plastiras
Aesthetic Death
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