MetalBite Review by JD on 3/14/2017 8:04:04 AM
Norway is known for its black metal scene and one that always has intrigued me on so many levels… but the Norwegian stoner/doom metal scene needs to be discovered, and my eyes have been opened. A weird twist in that scene is the offering by the band known as Krakow.
Hailing from the city of Bergen, known for offering cold and dark black metal, comes stoner/doom/post metal band Krakow. Low, sludge and doom driven metal that has a strong experimental angle to it is exactly the right way to describe this four piece act. Not afraid of pushing the boundaries of things, they eye on what they can deliver that is unique to them.
With slow, almost ponderously painful riffs and scant variations in tempos blending with spacy lo-fi vocals, Krakow hypnotises the listener into one unhurried world. Going for an atmospheric feeling of a glacier, they move through the songs like a drugged sloth – heavy riffs and bass rumbles lets one’s mind drift. Songs like 'Atom' and 'Of Earth' tell tales of wonder, dark ideas and other things… the musicianship driving the idea home.
This album is a musical oddity… it does not shred or pummel us like most metal genres, but this artistry and musicality set in ultra-slow gear is a shining example of thinking a different way. This was very refreshing, a stoner/post metal band that can keep my interest, while going off on varying tangents that are far from our world. Brilliant!
Rating: 9 out of 10