The Craving
Style: Death thrash
Release date: 2007

What is this? Is it just me, or are we in the middle of a new wave of Italian extreme metal? Off late Iíve reviewed Delirium X-tremens and Angelus Apatrida, and now this. And Iíve got another potent outing from  Stygma lying about, waiting for review.


A positive development, most would agree, since Italy hasnít been big in terms of death and thrash. And the potential and talent is clearly there as illustrated excellently with the third release from Kenos.


What I think is great about ĎThe Cravingí is the fact that Kenos avoid being just standard death/thrash by adding a good deal of rockíníroll (the track Who.Is.Key is totally boogie rockíníroll) and even goth rock (the track The Icon reeks of the Sisters of Mercy) to the otherwise Morbid Angel inspired death/thrash. The band moves seamlessly between the genres and thus creates a fine and varied album.


The production and sound of the album is raw and suits the rockínídeath style fine.


Thumbs up!

1. The Craving
2. Majestic Persecution
3. Mutant Creation
4. The Icon
5. D-Mansion
6. Teaben Rising
7. Who.Is.Key
8. Aries (Pt. 1)
9. Aries (Pt. 2)
10. Cassandra's Tale
Label: Lucretia Records
Provided by: Gatti Promotion
Artwork rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: January 31st 2008