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Norwegian black metal troupe Khold keep the evil at a medium pace and the overall sound clean but heavy on its latest endeavor KREK. On the group’s 10-track offering, rather than blind your senses with blistering guitars and rapid-fire rhythms, songs like 4 maintain an ominous beat which allow the guitar’s diabolic progressions to ring out in a semi-doomy state, while 6 finds the outfit toying with blast beats before nestling into a nefarious pattern of slow churned devastation. Weighing in with mid tempo majestics and metallic might combined, Khold’s brand of pronounced extreme metal appeals to the Sabbath folks on down to fans of Dimmu Borgir and Emperor.
- Mike SOS