Kurnugia: Tribulations of the Abyss

By -
Kurnugia: Tribulations of the Abyss
  • Bio:
  • Label:
  • Release Date:
  • Genre:
  • Website: Visit Website
  • Rating (out of 10):

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 43

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 44

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 46

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 47

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 49

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 50

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 52

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 53

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 55

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 56

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 58

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 59

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 61

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 62

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 64

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 65

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 67

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 68

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 70

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 72

Kurnugia: Tribulations of the Abyss
Death Metal
Self-release, Blood Harvest Records (2014)
May, 2013 / September 8th, 2014
Release length: 10:55
Facebook
ReverbNation

Kurnugia is a Death Metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, that formed in 2012. Within its ranks are veterans Duane Morris (Nunslaughter, former Manticore) on guitar and vocals, drummer Chris Dora (Soulless, Ringworm), bassist Brian Bergeron (former Sanctorum, former Nunslaughter), and finally ex-Decrepit guitarist Larry Kozumplik. This freshly formed four-piece recorded a two song EP titled Tribulations of the Abyss, which was issued by the band as a promotional CD in May of that year. However, starting in the Summer of 2014, it will see a strict vinyl pressing through Psychoslaughter Records and Sweden’s Blood Harvest Records. But does this first outing grease the wheels for the bedlam that is sure to follow, or does it actually turn listeners off in fear of what just might be?

“Plague Winds” starts with haunting winds with some backwards spoken gutturals in the first thirty seconds, giving way to raw Death Metal with a higher pitch overall. The cymbals and high hats often sound clipped against the incredibly sharp guitars and mild bass presence, all of which seems unnaturally hushed for some reason. The vocals aren’t too deep, but the mid-range depth is a welcome contrast the music that is meant to be grim and haunting in an Incantation manner, but in the end doesn’t quite have the same bite overall, especially with how robotic and unoriginal the final product ends up being, especially the boring delivery of the vocals.

“Diseased Angels,” however, sounds a bit thicker and less higher in pitch, but a bit more hushed compared to the previous offering. While the latter of that statement is a drawback, it does allow the once bland vocals to have a little more power, backed by a much stronger twanging bass guitar presence that isn’t nearly blanketed by the once sharp distortions that are far more blunt and powerful here. The lyrics do still suffer some robotic delivery at times, but this happens more when the words are crammed together and forced to fit, or start late due to a quick gasp of air, such as around the two-and-a-half minute mark. Of course, given the raw nature of this recording, you can’t really fault Duane’s brief game of catch-up because the guy is human and needs oxygen to continue.

In the end, Tributions of the Abyss isn’t the most inspiring of raw Death Metal recordings, nor is it all that unique. Most of the time the music just sounds bare bones and incredibly familiar to fans who enjoy ritualistic sounding Death Metal from the dredged depths of the genre. But when you consider it was a self-financed first outing that seems to initially have forged only to promote the band’s existence instead of a high priced ticket item to pick up at shows or your local independent record store, a little slack is more than considerable. Of course had the audio that appears on “Diseased Angels” been present during “Plague Winds” instead of that higher, sharper output, this definitely would have made a stronger impression overall regardless of how the band went about recording it all. However you decide to hear Tribulations of the Abyss, whether it be tracking down the CD version or picking up one of the vinyls, the end result will remain the same: Kurnuglia shows off a good deal of potential for future releases, but you won’t find yourself running back to experience this one all that often.


01. Plague Winds – 5:08
02. Diseased Angels – 5:48
Initial Pressing Score: 6/10

Kurnugia
Kurnugia

Digital review copy of this release provided by Blood Harvest Records.