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Crikey - Future of the Loss
Crikey! He is a naughty boy, isn’t he?”, said Steve Irwin about ten seconds before he got stabbed to death by a fish. A fucking fish! This still pisses me off, since it’s one asshole less to sincerely get annoyed by on TV. Alright, I admit it, this has nothing to do with the German metal band you wanted to read about upon clicking this link.
So what do you want to know? Well, I’ll just tell you head on: this is a band with huge potential. But that doesn’t mean anything, now does it? Well try this on for size: guttural vocals (in the lower death metal tradition) over thrashing guitar riffs, with rhythms that remind one of the pre-thrash era (being Motörhead). And on the other hand, you could link it to Helloween. Then it’s straight into the heavy metal harmonies. Oh, metalcore! No wait, what’s that part, it sounds just like.. Shit, do I hear a violin? Oh, no, it’s death metal again. What the fuck!
Here’s your problem, folks: these Germans crammed way, way too many ideas into this debut project. It’s a chaotic amalgamation of heavy metal styles that sounds pretty fucking cool for about fifteen seconds, before slamming into another genre. That’s a damn shame, because it sounds loaded and promising.
What isn’t a damn shame, rather a damn shitty idea, is that usage of a violin I mentioned earlier. I'm personally not a fan of any classical instrument in heavy music, but with Crikey it will be hard to deny that it’s totally out of place. But then again, what place would that be? What the hell are these guys playing in the first place?
Now, again: Crikey has great potential. Someone should get their asses in a studio with a great producer. Or perhaps fire seven of their forty-three band members. Get some consistency in this chaos. You can hear it will be great if half the ideas get tossed out, starting with the god awful violin. Come again, thank you.
Crikey - Future of the Loss
60/1001Details Twilight Zone Records
Released on Friday May 23rd, 2008
Too much

Writer @Lex on Monday Jun 23rd, 2008

Tags: #Crikey
Tracklisting 01. Chaos of feelings
02. Embrace the demise
03. Beg for
04. Dreamt to cure the pain
05. Future of the loss
06. Shades of you
07. Leave
08. Arise from fall
09. With(in)sanity
10. At last
Line up Christoph Mieves - vocals
Klaus Spangenberg - vocals
Robert Balner - guitars
Jochen "Blake" Blachuchinski - bass
Andreas Mantei - drums
Uwe Hass - keys
Andrea Justen - fiddles