Anyway, Krokmiten…you know, that name is kind of weird for a band based in Canada with English lyrics. It sounds more German, like the name of a Rammstein song. Krokmiten is a very ambitious band, and you can easily see this on their album/music video. The video is also kind of weird, like watching those crazy visuals Windows Media Player shows when you’re playing a song on it but with lyrics and the occasional image of a person or something medical related thrown in.
As I was saying, you can tell this band is really enthusiastic about their music, and it shows; the music is very good in both construction and technical quality, switches around often enough so that you don’t get bored (something that all too often plagues long metal tracks), and all of the musicians are quite good at what they do. The drummer provides intense rhythms while the guitarists shred their instruments and play the occasional solo. It’s reminiscent of early death metal bands like Morbid Angel and Death, except I got tired of those bands' songs pretty quickly. This band held my interest for a fairly long time with their cool music video and inspiring songwriting. All in all, they’re not one of my favorite bands but they’re definitely a cut above most death metal acts. Kudos to you, Krokmiten; I expect to see some great things from you in the future.
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Now this band is just a whole lot of fun; think Pantera/Black Label Society meets those Texas country songs you always hear in steakhouse commercials and you’ve got a good idea of what these guys do. They also have the uncanny ability to make several serious contenders for the catchiest songs in metal. I’m not going to be able to get "Crawlin'" out of my head for days. While none of the band members are wizards on their instruments, they really know how to put songs together, combining all the elements harmoniously and writing simple yet invigorating riffs. For me, they’re a lot better than Pantera, another Southern metal band which I could just never get into (they’re about on par with Black Label Society, although they lack Zakk’s lightning solos), which is not an easy feat for any band.