Of all the albums I got from Xtreem Music records this one is by far the most impressive. What the others lacked this one has, and then some! Where the others were great but held back by production, or simply just not being quite as good as the best KRONOS deliver a fantastic brutal slab of Death Metal with enough hooks, variation, melody and all round excellence to rekindle the interest in this reviewers stoney heart.
With many comparisons being made to such technical wizards as CRYPTOPSY and some brutal acts with hooks like SEVERE TORTURE only with more melody I was quite excited to hear what this could deliver and let me just say that it delivers the best bits from each of those aforementioned styles. The music is a fine blend of Swedish melody (which is played perfectly and frequently and still manages not to hinder the relentless brutality), extreme aggression (no pun) and grooving riffs with powerful brutal vocals and excellent tight guitar rhythms and percussion. All of this is captured perfectly in an awesome fat production which gives ample bass and great guitar sounds.
The guitar riffs are often quite Thrash oriented which adds to the dynamics of the album, and they have a tendency to use lots of sharp pinch harmonics which snap your attention into every riff. Listen to "Colossal Titan Strife", "Haterealm" or "Kronos" for some fine examples of beautiful melodic lead work and riffing coupled perfectly alongside some of the most brutal, grooving and catchy Death Metal you're likely to hear.
The musicianship is exquisite and the compositions are next to flawless, with each track being instantly accessible to any Death Metal fan. Added to this the production that wraps it all together is powerful and most importantly heavy. This is as good as modern Death Metal gets, and it can easily stand shoulder to shoulder with the classics. An essential purchase for any fan of Death Metal. (Online March 18, 2004)