I still plan to investigate the French Metal scene you know. Thankfully some of this work is distributed to me directly from TMO HQ, so thanks for that. KORUM is another French band, the third in my promo package that plays a mix of Death/Thrash Metal. Normally this genre can get quite boring after you’ve listened to lot of underground stuff within a short period but I guess I asked for it hehe.
KORUM have shown through their second album “No Dominion” that they mean business. On the sheet they don’t look like much, the standard Brutal Death Metal fare all over again. That’s not half of what the Parisian’s are capable of.
What you get is Brutal Death Metal with insane technical blasting and progressive power rounded off by an incredible tight performance, there’s little room left for any Thrash Metal; my god how those fingers must bleed after each rehearsal but I guess that’s the price you pay when playing this style.
So what we’re left with is a half hour of Brutal/Technical/Progressive/Death Metal, devastating but with strong melodies as well. The band uses two vocalists (one high pitched/hardcore screaming and one growling) to further emphasise their main trademark: brutality! There’s some small CANNIBAL CORPSE influences heard in the riffing, they have this constant changing effect which I loved so much about “The Wretched Spawn”. The arrangements are loaded with jaw dropping riffs. The guitar playing of Nicolas Coudert sweeps the floor clean of any straightforward riffing that was present before he entered the picture, sweet candy for those who love fast crashing riffs that still have structure.
It’s the guitars that totally grab me, they shine throughout in every song. “Damage” has more of that CANNIBAL CORPSE sickness in the riffs, arrggghhhh, insane stuff coming out of the molested speakers. The album ends with an indifferent outro; nothing exciting, just random noise, guitar feedbacks and a bass doing some spontaneous slow jamming. The band loosens up in the track called “Ex Post facto” with some GOREFEST like sluggish rhythms assisted by more delightful guitar noodling. The only downside I see is that there’s a slight repetition in the riffs; while they’re godlike at some points, I get the feeling that I just heard them in another song and another before that, you see?
The music is brutal so naturally the sound is also brutal. The bass is more Jazzy with a very organic sound that’s clear and light. Each song is a battlefield where the instruments clash with each other bringing some crushing audio violence
Wow, what a rush! All you Death Metal bitches ought to check this album, guaranteed to blast you off your chair more than just a couple of times. (Online May 17, 2004)