Published Feb 06, 2020What is going on at Unique Leader Records lately? In the last few years, they've churned out some of heavy music's most exciting new bands, from Brand of Sacrifice and Alterbeast to Katelepsy and Ingested. Krosis have a lot to live up to, but A Memoir of Free Will is a rare second album that is, in every way, superior to the first.
Krosis are a good deal more dynamic then the Unique Leader's usual blastbeat gurglers, and spend their time flying across death metal's vast spectrum. There are technical songs like "To Persist or Adhere," huge epic numbers like "Gone, But Not Forgotten" and the title track, while those looking for a classic beatdown should check out "Battles Are Won Within." It's one of Memoir's high points, the other being an instrumental track called "Questions of Holistic Divine" that sounds like something Gojira wrote while tripped out on mushrooms and listening to old Korn albums on repeat.
There's a classiness to Krosis that speaks to the band's musical theory and jazz training. Not since Rivers of Nihil exploded with Where Owls Know My Name have we heard progressive death metal sound this good. Krosis should be on everyone's lips, another stunning addition to the Unique Leader roster. (Unique Leader)