Krom comes from Joplin, Missouri, not exactly the hotbed of heavy metal in the United States. Possibly named for the Bathory song, the O and M in their name should stand for old school metal on their first full-length album Chaotic Evil. The foundation, of course, is classic heavy metal with a huge layer of 80's thrash which is finally iced with some real old school Florida death metal (I might even suggest there's a touch a traditional doom metal at times.) Even the devilish cover art reminds of those early 80's tape trading.
Frankly, there's nothing novel here, but this is not a bad thing. Why? Because Krom whips, thrashes, and pummels with skillful chaotic abandon throughout this work. The music is not all one thing and redundant, and therefore boring. No, Krom mixes the above elements like true students of their craft impressing their peers and fans in the process. At times, Krom can be rather clever folding their forms into breathless adventures as on Reacharound Rambo, Chaotic Evil, God Forgot About Us, or Gutsick. Fans of the classic thrash/death metal genre will find Krom's Chaotic Evil to solid American example of the classic form.
Fans of the classic thrash/death metal genre will find Krom's Chaotic Evil to solid American example of the classic form.
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