Signed to Spinefarm Records worldwide and featuring members & previous members of Cry For Silence, Hexes, Gallows & SikTh, Krokodil have just put the seal on their debut studio album, set for release this autumn .
With all of the personnel coming complete with ‘other lives’, it’s taken a genuine commitment to the cause to launch something new, plus a collective excitement at what that ‘something new’ might be… in this case, a record that, according to Krokodil guitarist Daniel P Carter of Radio One Rock Show and Hexes repute, “will be the start of something pretty special…”.
Flanking Carter on beards, riffs, rhythms and roars are a choice selection of players whose many and varied abilities to make a glorious racket are already well documented; there’s the SikThrhythm section of Dan ‘Loord’ Foord (drums) andJames Leach (bass); there’s Cry For Silenceguitarist, Alessandro Venturella; Laurent Barnard, from the heady world of Gallows; and upfront at the mic, Liber Necris vocalist Simon Wright, the six coming together to create a body of work that succeeds in marrying brutal aggression to haunting melody, heavy groove and coiled-spring dynamics; music that isn’t afraid to (sometimes) take the less travelled path…
‘Shatter’ & ‘Dead Man’s Path’ have already seen the light of day via a limited edition blue vinyl 7” (500 copies hand-numbered by the band), issued in support of Record Store Day, April 2014 in the UK, and Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro makes a guest vocal contribution; generally, however, the band resisted the urge to pull in friends and famous faces… the plan was always to end up with a cohesive group of songs, and whilst the recording, mixing & mastering (overseen by Steve Sears Jr at Titan Studios in Watford, just north of London) took a while to complete, the result of busy schedules, the final tracks show a clear vision and a direct line of attack.
In other words, it’s 100 per cent Krokodil.