Every once in a while, something truly challenging and outside of the box comes across our ears. Something we just have to share with you! Today is such a day, with the release of the debut full length by Boston trio Kraanerg.
'Of Matter' is an unorthodox and raw bastard of undeniably avant-garde proportions. This is not your average dissonant extreme Metal. Instead, it draws from the most visionary artists of the niche.
Exactly what Kraanerg are delivering here defies traditional descriptions. It's jarring, chaotic and primal, but possesses a sophisticated nuance to it that makes it clear that every twist and turn on 'Of Matter' was composed with purpose.
Maybe the following will give you a slight idea of what you're getting yourself into...
For fans of: Jute Gyte, Mastery, Orthrelm
released August 11, 2022
Aaron Jay Myers - lead and rhythm guitars, basses, toy piano, minimal percussion, background vocals/laughs
Steven Moreno - guitar, lead vocals
Dennis Sullivan - drums, percussion, electronics
Forbes Graham - trumpet improvisations on Currency The Only god
Guitars, basses, field recordings, vocals, toy piano, and some percussion recorded by Aaron Jay Myers and Steve Moreno in Boston and Medford, MA between March 2020 and January 2021.
Drums and percussion recorded by Dennis Sullivan in Denny's Basement: Medina, Ohio and Penny and Peter's Barn: High Falls, New York between January and December 2021.
All music by Kraanerg.
Lyrics on tracks 1, 5, 6, and 8 by Steve. Lyrics on tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, and 10 by Aaron.
Trumpet recorded by Forbes Graham in Roslindale, MA in March 2021.
Produced, recorded, and edited by Kraanerg.
Preliminary mixes by Kraanerg, final mixes by Paul Schmelz.
Mastered by Caley Monahon-Ward.
Kraanerg logo and cover art by Moonroot Art
Now this is a *statement*, fully formed and intentional. Simon Sludge has been pushing this punishing and dissonant sound so well with his Total Dissonance Worship label, with his own band leading the charge. For once, metal feels futuristic without needing reams of notes; these here are careful calculations for summoning the apocalypse. fyeahmetal