Sound — 9
"Here Comes The Kraken" are a 4 piece death-core band from Mexico. Whilst the thought of another generic death-core band might make you cringe, don't be alarmed because HctK are one of the best death-core bands you will ever hear. This is original sounding death-core at it's best. This self titled release features: the fastest double kick drumming you may possibly ever hear (almost as fast as some of George Kollias from Nile's work), melodic and brutal riffing, some of the best death-core shrieks and gutturals and as many sweeps as you see on a Between The Buried And Me CD. Throw in some Misery Signals style ambient interludes too. Oh, and audible bass! That's something you rarely hear on a death-core CD.
Lyrics — 7
The Vocalist's lyrics is pretty much undecipherable as he growls and shrieks his way around the tracks. The lyrics are your standard Death-Core fare, explaining how much he hates someone, themes about death and revenge. Some of the lyrics are quite well written, the majority are just average. The vocalist has got some chops though with the ear piercing shriek, the ground shaking guttural and some inhale pig squeals just to change it up occasionally. No clean vocals on this one folks.
Overall Impression — 10
This is one of the best debut albums I have heard, definitely some of the best death-core I have heard to date. There are flaws however, the production probably isn't as good as it COULD be, the guitar wankery sounds out of place at times, the breakdowns are simply still breakdowns and that after track 4 you might be saying "Did I Hear That Already?" Most Impressive Songs: Don't Fail Me Darko, Confessions Of What I Have Done, Underwater Visions and From The Deepest Darkness. This is a band that could have a pretty big future ahead of them. Recommended to everyone who can handle some brutality, who is tired of stale death-core and wants something original. Highly Recommended