Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: Kurnugia - Tribulations of the Abyss

Today we visit the magical land of Cleveland, Ohio to visit Kurnugia, a death metal group who got their start in 2012. A year later, the band released Tribulations of the Abyss as a promotional CD, and now has found itself a physical pressing through Blood Harvest on the same release date in 2014 as many other neophyte death metal acts. Let's go ahead and give this one a spin to see how it stacks up. Oh, and did you know that in Sumerian mythology Kurnugia is the underworld and the land of no return? The more you know!

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Blood Harvest
Release Date: September 8th, 2014
  1. Plague Winds
  2. Diseased Angels
Total Playtime: 10 minutes, 40 seconds




Rating: 7.0/10





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Today we visit the magical land of Cleveland, Ohio to visit Kurnugia, a death metal group who got their start in 2012. A year later, the band released Tribulations of the Abyss as a promotional CD, and now has found itself a physical pressing through Blood Harvest on the same release date in 2014 as many other neophyte death metal acts. Let's go ahead and give this one a spin to see how it stacks up. Oh, and did you know that in Sumerian mythology Kurnugia is the underworld and the land of no return? The more you know!

Starting off with a strong Deicide sound, "Plague Winds" has catchy back-to-back tremolo riffs that are joined together by dusty power chord bridges. The guitars offer up a decent serving of technicality, but nothing exceptionally over the top. The framework of the track is mostly comprised of double bass drum kicks, with the rest of the kit rarely deviating from blast beats. The atmosphere is as dry as scorched earth, giving a sarcophagal feel to the content; much like that of the Egyptian themed technical death metal act Nile.  The tempos here have a tendency to slow down a little, allowing room for the listener to absorb the ancient deathly aura that impregnates the material like a fine mist.


Where the first track leaves room for slower segments, "Diseased Angels" is a brutal assault from beginning to end. The methodological techniques have taken a back seat in lieu of a dry run formulated from tremolo riffs and more blast beats; needless to say, the drumming on the album is in need of some deviance. The longer, adjoining power riffs from the rhythm guitar are layered under the tremolos from the lead, and it's sad to say but on both of the present tracks these cornerstones lack much innovation. The configurations have been heard dozens of times before, across multitudes of albums and hundreds of bands, though they are catchy and worthy of some fist pumping action.

The audio that lays within Tribulations of the Abyss is as arid as its cover art, and gives the material an endearing desert-like quality. The next time I step into a tomb and the mummies rise from their chambers I'll be sure to throw this short EP on before kicking some ass, Though other than the climate of the content, the album is weak when it comes to creativity. Sure, the tried and true architectures are fun for a few spins, and those who haven't been rubbed raw by this era of new old school death metal; but at least this one turns away from Grave, Autopsy, Asphyx, (for the most part) Death, and instead focuses on bands such as Deicide, Nile and to some degree Morbid Angel.

Digital Download Provided by: Blood Harvest

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