Kronos - _Outrance_
by: Paul Schwarz (4 out of 5)
Although this is a 7-track demo, it only has 4 true songs, with an intro, an outro, and a 3-second grindcore blast being the other tracks. This demo tape is Kronos' first and it has to be said this is pretty damn impressive for a first demo. After a 'demonic' spoken intro, Kronos reveal themselves as a brutal death metal band with real aggression and potential. A lot of bands have played the brutal death style, but it is still possible to make good music in this framework and this Kronos has, on a small scale, achieved. Although the first song, "Sadistik Retribution", was a good relentlessly brutal death metal song, my fear was that the rest of the demo would be indivisible from this one song. Kronos has not fallen into that trap, however. "Enslaved by the Madness" has a thrash metal-esque riff that would do Kreator proud, and later songs have different idiosyncrasies which keep the demo varied, as well as good, and prevent the tracks from merging into one-another. Well worth getting, this is definitely a band who could go a whole lot further.

(article published 10/3/1998)

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