Kronos - _Titans Awakening_
(Warpath Records, 2001)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
If we aren't going to sound different through our musical ideas or execution, then at least let's pick a weird sound mix. OK, maybe that -wasn't- the idea behind _Titans Awakening_, but Kronos did end up with a strangely separated guitar sound, leaving a rather wide center stage for the bass, vocals and especially the prominent drums. The death metal on offer here tends to be fast and furious yet occasionally groovy, with an obvious highlight on the very upfront drums, and Kronos keep some strong momentum throughout most of the record. Only during "Bloodtower" do they go out of their way to create something different, but even though they are successful in that specific case, the rest of the album is a lot more straightforward. Most of the highlights occur during the first half of this 38 minute long album, causing my rating to be somewhat lower than what the promising first four tracks seemed to indicate. Kronos do create a strong and dynamic percussive attack throughout, though; _Titans Awakening_ is quite an enjoyable disc overall, subtly different from the norm even if hardly original in a significant way.


(article published 14/1/2002)

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