Kurokuma – Advorsus (Review)

KurokumaKurokuma are a UK sludge/doom band and this is their debut EP.

It’s time for Kurokuma to bring the heavy. These three songs are oppressively weighty, consisting of sludgy doom metal with enough intensity to crush a bus.

It’s good that the band know how to add nuance though, as this just makes their music more in-depth and increases its longevity. To this end, elements of psychedelic drone appear here and there, meaning that not only can Kurokuma floor you with their heaviness, but they can also entrance with moody atmosphere.

Predominantly growled vocals lead the band’s assault, although higher screams are also used sometimes.

These are well-written songs that are intelligently-structured and flow with ease. The sheer brutality of some parts of the songs interact well with the more restrained or subtler moments and the compositions as a whole are very nicely put together.

Combining heavy sludge with an emotive edge and dark atmosphere is not the easiest thing to do, but Kurokuma seem to pull it off with ease.

Kurokuma have created an impressive first release. I look forward to their first full-length album. Based on the merits of this EP, it should be something special.

Ones to watch, for sure.

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