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Kraanium - "Post Mortal Coital Fixation" (CD)

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"Post Mortal Coital Fixation" track listing:

1. Post Mortal Fixation
2. Stillborn Necrotic Fuck Feast
3. Bursting Rectal Sores
4. Compulsive Mutilation Disorder
5. Slurping the Vaginal Pus
6. Crack Whore Pounding
7. Coprophagial Asphyxiation
8. Slammed Kranial Remains
9. Sculptures of Perverse Suffering
10. Baptized in Boiling Sewage
11. Orgy of Cannibalistic Fornication
12. Entrails Full of Vermin

Reviewed by on April 25, 2012

"Once again, it's another outing of vicious down-tuned slamming that will engage the listener with songs that are extreme, yet catchy."

Most of the brutal death metal bands come from places other than Norway, but Kraanium has held its own for over a decade and now delivers this slab of brutal songs, "Post Mortal Coital Fixation," that is just as deadly as the band's previous two endeavors. It doesn't break any new ground, but I didn't expect that or even welcome that. Predictability is good when it's the same output you expect from a band, especially an act as extreme as these guys. Once again, it's another outing of vicious down-tuned slamming that will engage the listener with songs that are extreme, yet catchy.

"Post Mortal Coital Fixation" sees Kraanium alternating between brutal death metal and the controlled beat and breakdowns of slam throughout the release. This is the kind of album that has the energy to pulverize the pit and conveys true nastiness in the combination of Martin Funderud on vocals and his brother "Hacksaw Henry" on guitar. His twisted gurgling on tracks such as "Stillborn Necrotic Fuck Feast" makes him sound like some troll exhumed from a cemetery.

Martin does the prerequisite growls and squeals that epitomize good slam death, but actually retains some actual lyrics and death metal singing in songs like "Baptized in Boiling Sewage." This track also lets the drummer supply an endless assortment of blasts to bring the song to life. The rest of the band works in good unison, especially on the slower and deadlier slam tracks like "Crack Whore Pounding." In this instance, one cannot overlook the importance of a good, loud bassist. Ian Slemming drives the whole rhythm section with slabs of cavernous riffs.

Kraanium achieves the best lethal effect when they let their time changes play out. "Coprophagial Asphyxiation" alternates competently between a homicidal slower skank to drums and vocals that know when to fade in and dissolve out. Likewise, those simple and thundering noise leads from both guitarists charge the tracks like "Bursting Rectal Sores" into a circular rhythm of violence. When they just throw segments together, such as in "Slammed Kranial Remains," it doesn't stay with you as well and becomes unmemorable.

They keep it basic with the whole album, which is actually better than trying to throw too much creativity and killing the good primitive sound Kraanium is known for. While the drum flourishes and beats drives "Compulsive Mutilation Disorder" nicely with good fills, blasts and double bass, sometimes it is too much at the forefront in the mix and gets a bit hollow sounding, as heard on "Sculptures of Perverse Suffering" and "Slurping the Vaginal Pus."

While I have come to expect audio samples as intros, there are about four on this album. It gets a bit overdone as a whole in this genre. I do like the cover Kraanium does of Russian band Abominable Putridity's track "Entrails Full of Vermin," driven by those ominous slow leads that evoke old Brujeria in style. Kraanium delivers on this one by keeping it basic, raw and evil, while just adding small flourishes here and there in good transitions.

After eleven years in the scene, Kraanium hasn't toned it down one bit. With this third release, "Post Mortal Coital Fixation," these Norwegians continue to pummel out brutal death metal with plenty of catchy slam death moments driving it. While not without some filler songs and off moments in the mixing, this album delivers simple, deadly energy.

Highs: Cavernous and deadly-slamming death metal

Lows: Some filler tracks and disrupted flow in a few songs

Bottom line: Loud, downtuned mayhem makes "Post Mortal Coital Fixation" good fun.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)