Technical death metallers Terminal Function have gone smaller with the release of their newest EP Krakstören. Described as “aggressive and progressive,” the band had set out to write shorter, more explosive songs. With there being only three tracks to discuss (it is an EP after all), I’ll get right into it.
It opens with “Chiral Ghost,” and it is heavy. The track explodes with a signature death metal sound that has tons of energy, while (either intentionally or unintentionally) adding some prog-rock elements. The drums are incredibly impressive and the guitars are superb. Guitarist Mikael Almgren says, “The lyrics for ‘Chiral Ghost’ were inspired by a dream I had about meeting your past and future shadow self. I guess you could see it as a metaphor for reflecting and being aware of your past while at the same time thinking ahead, keeping different time perspective in your mind simultaneously. The music alters quite a bit between the usual tech metal odd time signatures, fast parts and slow heavy sections with some haunting guitar parts, which made me think the topic of the lyrics would suit this song.”
He also breaks down the other two songs, which I’ll get to in a bit. “A Sociopath’s Delusion” sounds like your traditional death metal jam, with low, guttural growls and rage-induced screaming throughout. The guitar work is particularly incredible on this one. Lyrically, according to Almgren, “‘A Sociopath’s Delusion’ is about having an alternate alter ego [sic] that is basically only focused on personal gain and profit.”
The third and final track on the EP is “Axis Gone,” and it is a great way to close out the album. Almgren says, “‘Axis Gone’ is themed around a rather dystopian world scenario.” Another traditional death metal jam, this one features some incredibly heavy drumming and wild guitars. The timing of the track can be a bit odd, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.
Krakstören is great for what it is – heavy, a touch beautiful, and incredibly satisfying. These three tracks will only leave you wanting more (seriously, I do wish there were more tracks on this album). The EP is out now, so be sure to pick up your copy. You won’t regret it. Final score: 4 out of 5 axes.
01. Chiral Ghost
02. A Sociopath’s Delusion
03. Axis Gone
Victor Larsson – vocals
Mikael Almgren – guitars
Stefan Aronsson – guitars
David Lindkvist – drums
Written by Mitch Ellerbrock for Bloodrock Media on December 15, 2017