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Norwegian metal has always been more of a country for black metal more than any other genres for me, with the country being the birthplace of the dominant style of the genre as we know it now. Add to that the fact that I know close to nothing about slam, Kraanium‘s new full length album, Post Mortal Coital Fixation is honestly a rather challenging album to listen to and enjoy initially. The band’s hiatus between 2002 and 2006 was not really a big issue for Kraanium, seeing how most of the band’s material were put out post-hiatus anyway.
Little did I expect the ability for a brutal death metal band like Kraanium to really put in such heavy grooves apart from the usual crushing guitar riffs that this subgenre of death metal has been known for, as the band introduces their abrasive form of music right from the beginning with Post Mortal Fixation. With Stillborn Neurotic Fuck Feast, the band begins their onslaught with fury, as vocalist Martin’s gurgling growls greet the listener, backed by the punishing instrumental section. The crushing, and at the same time rather groovy riffs of guitarists Mats and Vidar are doubled and made heavier and more intense by that low, rumbling presence of bassist Ian, all the more so with the heavy battery of drummer Mitch, all contributing to that suffocating atmosphere that stays throughout the entirety of the album.
The thing that was also rather interesting is how the band manages to play with such speed and intensity, yet at the same time having the song progress at a rather slow and doom-ish tempo, like on Bursting Rectal Sores, often resulting in that impending sense of doom and helplessness that one cannot run from. To further enhance that theme of horror and gore in their album, the band also includes spoken sound samples sparingly, such as those on the intro of Compulsive Mutilation Disorder.
From the views of one who is rather new to slam though, Post Mortal Coital Fixation has been a rather enjoyable album, and to be honest is quite an overwhelming introduction to this genre in general.