That KRUX is the side band of CANDLEMASS' Leif Edling, in which we also can find ENTOMBED bassist Jörgen Sundström on guitar should be known to most of you (and if not, then it is now, hehe). That their self titled debut had been released earlier this year most probably as well, that they already have their first DVD out, rather not. I was pretty surprised, too, to learn that after one CD only we already get a live DVD, but let's take a closer look…
Nine songs on the CD, ten songs on the DVD and "Sibiria" is not among them... Meaning that "Shadowplay" and "Abstrakt Sun" come from somewhere else. If you look into the past and more exactly the joined past of Leif Edling and singer Mats Levén, then you will find the name ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA and you have found the answer, plus a bass solo by Leif...
Musically we, of course, get the quite own Doom Metal of KRUX, by far not as epic as CANDLEMASS, but a bit dirtier in the sound, even though they still are far away from bands like ST.VITUS etc., more modern, like a mix of BLACK SABBATH and ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA, with more distortion, also not suited for everyone, but sounding pretty original still, also thanks to Levén's passionate vocals.
The quality of the recording is impressive, very, very clear picture and sound, which, if you like the music, of course, presents you with a pretty entertaining evening. Even the monstrum "Lunochod", honouring the Russian space missions, has found its way onto the DVD, with the same spacey sound as on the CD. The only point of criticism here is that the live atmosphere is almost non existent as Mats hardly communicates with the fans, which is a pity.
The extras, apart from an image gallery, are an interview with Leif and Jörgen that give us some informationabout the beginnings of KRUX as well as the album and a video for "Black Room", which altogether is quite dark, pretty abstract and looking at a child with a gun also seems a little suspicious, but still visualizes the song very well.
Now if a live DVD already was justified I will leave to your own judgement, if you only look at the quality that we are presented with here, then I have to say that if you like this sound, "Live" is a good investment. (Online September 9, 2003)