UK based extreme metal merchants KRYSTHLA are one of the UK’s fastest growing metal acts. Pulling on the vast experience accrued through their previous existence as UK Metal legends "Gutworm" (Anticulture Records 2003 – 2010) the first KRYSTHLA release, "A War Of Souls and Desires" is an angry, rampaging hellride of an album and is not only a worthy follow up to, but another step forwards from the two previous Gutworm albums, both of which having been released to rabid critical acclaim from both fans and the mainstream metal press alike. The album itself demands the full attention of the listener from start to end, and KRYSTHLA demonstrate that they are masters of their craft delivering a widely varied package that lurches from the full-on hate fuelled and almost inhuman speed of sections of "H+" and "Caged Earth" to the stomping groove laden behemoth that is "Luminosity". Musically, this is a masterclass in how to construct modern extreme metal, its intensity is unrivalled, and whilst it misses no opportunity to hammer home its oppressive, unrelenting heaviness, there are vast amounts of flair, colour, and creativity that set this release well apart from its peers. As one reviewer put it "you are left with the feeling that not only have you been treated to something pretty special, but you feel kind of relieved to have survived a premeditated assault upon your senses"
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