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Kerretta - Single Review: Chroma Queens

10 Dec 2018 // A review by butch181

Chroma Queens is the first single from upcoming LP release Exiscens (due for release on December 14), which is the first release from Auckland experimental rock act Kerretta for over four years. The band are comprised of bass player William Waters; drummer H. Walker; and guitarist David Holmes; when no vocalists are involved, the instrumental quality must be that much higher, but considering the group have been around for thirteen years, you can know to expect something spectacular. 

Chroma Queens starts off softly, with some palm-muted guitar that reminds me of the vibe of Incubus' S.C.I.E.N.C.E. until it breaks into full distorted gloriousness. Transitioning between clean melodies and heavy chugging distortion, the track is paradoxically melodious in its dissonance. Capable of forming imagery of hulking machines marching through a heavy rainfall, Chroma Queens feels like it is simultaneously running at two different speeds, balancing the nimble lighter notes with the encumbering distortion.

Industrial and almost mathematical, each riff is a recurring pattern that crafts the final product. Running at 4:05 in length, it feels shorter than it is, and no doubt leaves one wanting more.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Kerretta

For those who have seen their blistering live show, Kerretta will no doubt be high on the "to see" gig agenda. Those yet to experience the propulsive, driving rock of this instrumental three-piece have a chance to see them push the envelope of tone and dynamics in an intense half hour set.

Their catchy, sometimes ambient and occasionally earsplittingly heavy brand of molten-core will appeal to fans of Sigur Ros and Bailterspace, but discerning listeners will know the trio peddle a uniquely atmospheric take on angular rock.

A performance in January 2009 at The Big Day Out helped them share stages with the like of Battles and Explosions In The Sky.

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Releases

Exiscens
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Pirohia
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Saansilo
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Vilayer
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Antient
Year: 2008
Type: Album

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