Krüger

For Death, Glory and the End of the World

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This Swiss outfit makes heavy, metal-tinged post-punk somewhere between Isis and Helmet, with echoes of their countrymen, Knut, thrown in. There's also some U.S. noise rock of the post-hardcore variety (think Unsane or Converge) to their sound, which is unsurprising since Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou produced this disc at his Godcity studio. It's not all punishing sonic assault, though. For Death, Glory and the End of the World has some melodic interludes (that's where the Isis influence becomes most prominent) and some nice-ish, clean-ish backing vocals, when the frontman's not shouting like a drill instructor. If Kruger have a problem, it's that they're a little faceless; they don't quite come across as innovators or purveyors of a unique sound you can only hear by listening to this album as much as they do folks who have put their own spin on stuff that's already out there. But at least they're not a metalcore band. That's gotta count for something.

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