From the Vault...



© 312-685-SLAM Records
Year of Release: 1994

track listing
  • My World My War
  • Suicide King
  • Rest In Peace
  • Agony
  • Coma
  • Hypo-Critical
  • Where Are
    The Children
  • Meaning Of Life
  • Premonition

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    This week's review is by a local Chicago band, by the name of Krom. Their 1994 self-titled CD was found in the famous Cutout section at a local record store. The Cutout section is a treasure chest. You will be amazed at what you can find, for less than 7 bucks a CD. Browsing through the mass quantities of out-of-print CDs, WSVNRadio has spotted a lot of CDs that are very interesting... Groups and artists, such as Lenin & McCarthy, Icos, Tatina, Corey Stevens & Texas Flood, Black And Blue, The Mr. T Experience, Metal Blade Records' 15 Anniversary, and even television's Crystal Bernard; their CDs have been left in the Cutout section, and we all can't help but wonder if the remaining talent we saw and didn't buy while browsing through this section, could have been the next future stars of the music entertainment industry.

    With that in mind, let us look at the band Krom. I've never heard of Krom, but something told me to buy the CD. This album must have been released by the band themselves, for it doesn't have a major or minor record label, other than showing their PO Box address and phone number as references. With song titles such as "Suicide King," "Rest In Peace," and "Agony," without even hearing one note of Krom's music, you would guess that they are a heavy metal band.

    The best way to describe Krom's music is just that -- Hardcore Heavy Metal. Krom consists of Crispin Tapia (bass), Rudy "Rude-Dog" Flores (drums), Lou Diaz (vocals), Heck Rivera (guitar), and Ed Combs (guitar).

    The opening track, "My World My War" grabs your attention so quick, you can't help but listen to it more. It starts out as your typical hardcore metal, yet towards the end, it does slow down rhythmically, then once again, jumps back into the hardcore metal rock.

    "Suicide King" relates to the Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne Paranoid album, especially the tune "Electric Funeral", with a more hardcore edge. "Rest In Peace" can relate to the early Metallica -- fast, hard-core thrash metal. It then merges into "Agony," which starts out as a mysterious heavy metal ballad -- yet once again, cranks into another hard-driving, crunching thrash heavy metal sound. "Agony" just may leave you in agony though; this one may classify as a song to be placed at the bottom of the pile.

    "Coma" starts out slow, as in Metallica's "The Unforgiven." But once again, it kicks into another hard-driving heavy metal rock sound. This one is pretty good, but it would have been much better if it was a ballad from start to finish, as the Metallica "Unforgiven" classic.

    Just as the opening track, as exciting and attention-grabbing as it is, "Hypo-Critical" is another attention-grabber. Yet, the vocals may not be as great as in "My World My War," it is now apparent that a break is needed, from the bone-crushing, hard heavy-metal rock that the ears can only take.

    But it seems there is no end to the heavy-metal rock our ears are trying to digest -- the remaining songs -- "Where Are The Children," "Meaning Of Life," and "Premonition" are all loud encounters.

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Heavy Metal as much as the next person. Yet it would of been nicer, if a slower paced ballad was in the mix. But for the metal fan who just can't get enough of the loud, high-volume, bone crushing, heavy metal rock, Krom just may have the qualities of being another Metallica or Motorhead fan favorite.

    Unfortunately, there aren't any websites on Krom (that we could find), therefore we couldn't find any information on any other Krom CD releases. However, there is a PO Box and phone number on the CD for anyone who may be interested in Krom's music:

    P.O. Box 41159
    Chicago, IL 60641-0159
    or call (312) 685-SLAM

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