The Kreutzer Sonata put their best foot forward with their upcoming album The Gutters of Paradise, an utterly relentless fifteen-song set that keeps listeners on their toes from start to finish. Seamlessly blending visceral breakdowns and hardcore-isms with occasional technical metal structuring, the four-piece take some unexpected but powerful detours in a number of the songs here.
Although the album opener “Ten Yard Stare” serves as a forecast for a slam-centric record with its brooding two-step beats and chugs, The Kreutzer Sonata shift gears almost immediately, dropping into “Nobody” with a bouncing riff that effortlessly dips in and out of swings and blasts. Further flexing their technical prowess on songs like the pace-shifting “Pulse,” the band find inventive ways to remain engaging. This, in addition to the production sheen and perfectly balanced mix brought to the table by Chris DeQuick Productions, elevates the set to a level reached by very few of their peers.
The Kreutzer Sonata run the risk of sounding scattered by deciding not to sit in one sonic space for too long and incorporating numerous metallic influences into their work, but on The Gutters of Paradise, it only ever comes across as calculated, not to mention razor-sharp.