Surprising, and surprisingly better than expected. That's a good summation of Korrosiah's debut disc Creepy Feelings. This French band has a strong thrash and death metal found, the latter thanks to the grisly and growling vocals, but their overall style is a hybrid of influences. You can hear traditional thrash and death metal, but also metalcore, and even some European power metal, all bound together by some melodic and progressive metal glue. Generally, I would note that such a diverse combination shows a lack of direction, but not in Korrosiah's case. They make it work in a surprisingly satisfying way.
Fundamentally, the melodic progressive motif betters what could be utter mediocrity. Cripes! Every body and their brother are combing hardcore or death styles with thrash these days. But Korrosiah tempers that decisive harshness and general hardcore mucking ab out with interesting shifting and conniving arrangements, a strong sense of melody, and cracking fret work. While some tunes, like strangely average Liquidator and Dreading, barely rise above modern death/thrash metal, other simply soar with intrigue. Zodiac and Greed push against conventional wisdom standing death metal on its head with invention. And the core songs Venom, G.A.D., and Casus Belli are well-developed and mischievous compositions that show Korrosiah' progressive and melodic sensibility.
Even with the death metal vocals, which seem odd in the whole context, the true champion here is the music: progressive, aggressive, melodic and creative. I thinking the songs might sound quite awesome, not with exchange of clean vocals for the dirty, but with no vocals at all. But that's merely speculation.
Korrosiah's Creepy Feelings is a sound and strong debut standing conventional thrash/death metal on its collective head with their aggressive use of melodic and progressive arrangements. Recommended.
Korrosiah's Creepy Feelings is a sound and strong debut standing conventional thrash/death metal on its collective head with their aggressive use of melodic and progressive arrangements.
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