Korum - _Son of the Breed_
(Sekhmet, 2002)
by: Brian Meloon (8 out of 10)
Korum are a French band who play a mix of thrash, death and hardcore. Their style alternates between riffs which are straightforward and bludgeoning and those that are technical and intricate. The vocals alternate between a shouted style and a deeper growling style, at times using both concurrently. The rhythm section is tight, and though there aren't any guitar solos, the guitars do have a chance to show off occasionally. Given the technicality of some parts of the material, the performances are excellent. The songs are generally fast-paced and short, with non-standard structures that get right to the point and keep the intensity up fairly well. The production is very good and clear: all of the instruments are clearly audible, especially the bass. This should be enjoyed by a wide variety of metal fans. There's enough technicality here to satisfy those looking for it, but not too much to take away from the more brutal aspects of the album.

(article published 1/9/2002)

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