1- las vegas is a piece of shit
3- i hate this band
4- captain america
6- yalta (the night joseph staline stole my heart)
7- i feel you
8- drive run
total running time : 53’25’’
the K squad:
KRUGER: "Cattle Truck" kruger
recorded by R. Bovey & Totörhead, mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Opeth, At the Gates, Hammerfall, Sludge) and mastered by Peter In de Betou (Entombed, Nine, Dismember, In Flames, Shovel)
distributed in Switzerland by Irascible Distribution
review by Artur Felicijan____
was talking about shitty number of good bands that the land of cheese
and chocolate has to offer, apparently I was wrong, for I've been struck
in my ears twice in two weeks by a couple of Swiss bands. I already
hailed the latest Sludge output, but this one really blowed me away.
Truck" is the latest and second creation of this fine Swiss act -
Kruger, and if I quote the makers themselves it's their "new ugly
and chubby baby". They describe themselves as a mix of Neurosis and
Entombed, but this truly is more than less a crappy description, as they
are far more profound than that. If they need to be quickly described,
I'd say they're a great mix of destructive, down-paced metal, that runs
on the gas of depressive or too-drunk-to-stand-up riffs, with melodic
fluorescent-black atmosphere that at times borders to some unearthly
kind of Core music. That's right!
The minute I heard the ingeniously entitled "Las Vegas is a piece of shit" I knew this band is a piece of a good one! The song begins with a weird "pork intro" and later continues with heavy pacing and desperate shouting, which is, mind you, the regular tune this singer executes on this album. There are some singing parts, but mostly you'll hear maniacal vociferation in the vein of "drunken-SS-commander meets Satan".
Each track has it's own
feel that's very intense and despite the heaviness and aggressive
nature, it sounds fresh and ear-friendly. Kruger apparently know what
good music and sense of originality is, since they showcase it with each
and every second of their performance. They've got the rhythm which is
listenable, but in the meantime it's technical and interesting. They go
for the old-school sound of guitar and bass, making it clean and massive
throughout the whole album. Every guitar part goes with the whole image,
and the erection of each song is made with perfect vocal insertions. I
didn't had the chance to get deeper on the lyrics, but I think there's a
strange presence of "depressive humor"- whatever this might
be, and I couldn't get by not to notice a sense of activism or some form
of political claustrophobia. You'll definitely need to get a booklet
with lyrics on this one, for songs entitled as these surely hold an
interesting flow of poetry.
Truck" is a cool 8-piece of shit, to my surprise enriched with a
Depeche Mode cover - "I feel you", performed very Krugerish,
yet recognizable from the very first moment to the last second of it.
You'll get blown away by what this band has to offer. Be a metal-head,
post-hc freak or just a fan of aggressive sound, you'll without a doubt
find something within these tracks that suits your style or the way
music attracts you. Although, I think Kruger will suit the
"advanced" listeners more. There's a lot of melody and catchy
riffs, headbanging patterns, and great darker and emotional moments, but
nothing sounds fake or naive. I truly wait for their next output and
hope to get even more into their style, which is presented on personal
standouts of mine, such as "Las Vegas...",
"Speedometer" and "I hate this band". These tracks
are all just one great bomb after another, which are finally cut by a
bit more hard-core tune of "Captain America". "Motorfuck"
returns with now already significant Kruger minor-riffing and
down-tempo, cut again by a incredibly powerful "Yalta (The night
Joseph Stalin stole my heart)". The whole Kruger climax is reached
with an almost 11-min epic "The drive run".
"Cattle Truck" is an album, truly worth having in your record
collection (and the layout looks nice too!).
rating it with an almost grand prize, as I want to see them get even
better and perfect their style, and hope to rate them with 10 the next
time!!!! Great job!
track: "The drive run"
date info - March 15th - Locomotive - Paris: Kruger will play with the Dillinger Escape Plan
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