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Kruger
Redemption Through Looseness

Company: Listenable Records
Release: 2007
Reviewer: EC
Genre: Heavy
Rating
-



  • Like a machine, a drone that spits out riff after riff of monotone sounds



  • Switzerland's hybrid metal band made an impressive debut in 2003 with "Built For Speed". The group followed with a critically acclaimed sophomore effort in "Cattle Truck". Now the band returns with "Redemption Through Looseness", a new set of tracks that sees the band firmly embracing their experimental roots, providing a backdrop of washed out fuzz that sounds like Gorefest, Entombed, Isis, and Of Graves And Gods thrown together in a mosh pit of riffs and 'core stances.

    For me personally, I much prefer the blues drenched stoner riffs of this type of sub-genre and Kruger simply doesn't have enough of that. Why am I comparing apples to oranges? Because Kruger sounds like they could be the next Entombed or Crowbar, but when push comes to shove the band sounds like a machine, a drone that spits out riff after riff of monotone sounds. Sure the band hits on a few grooves and allows for some lyrical access, but the whole thing is just off kilter and sounds "innovative" just to be different. The band is tight, allowing a wall of sound to pulverize and shake the very foundations of thrash metal, but when toned down and washed out in a sea of wide riffs and vacuum-like rhythm the whole thing comes across as a real mess.

    The Bottom Line - Music for those simply yearning for "more than just music".


    About this Writer:
    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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