MPR Review Of Korotory-Chapter 111. The Conquering (by Joshua Kruszyna)

Over the years, metal has conveyed many emotions, but has become synonymous in the eyes of society with one in particular – aggression. Sure, there’s sub-genres of metal that can be uplifting (power-metal), epic (viking-metal), or even glamorous (…er, glam-metal). But at its core, metal was born out of the need to convey something darker than the status-quo, to touch upon something other than romance and celebrating good times. Though metal has evolved through the decades, this core concept has remained intact, and is perfectly exemplified on Korotory’s EP, “Chapter III: The Conquering.”

Born out of Long Island, New York over 20 (!!!) years ago, Korotory deliver classic death metal with relentless aggression and insanity over the course of the four track release. Launching right out of the gates with “Spineless,” the musicianship is evident from the get-go: thrash-laden riffing, tireless drum-work brimming with blast-beats, and crisp vocals that are clear in their pronunciation at no cost to their viciousness. Each member of the band has a chance to shine, with both the guitarist and bassist getting their own mind-bending solos. And this barrage is carried on through the other three tracks, with barely any chance to catch your breath until it’s over. The lyrics are ripe with themes of confrontation, and hearken back to classic Lamb of God and Fear Factory at times.

If you’re a fan of death metal, you owe it to yourself to give Korotory a listen. The sheer fact that they’ve been in the scene for as long as they have is a testament to their dedication and passion. Check them out at and listen to “Chapter III: The Conquering” at

Overall Musicianship – 9 out of 10 (straight-forward, yet impeccably performed throughout despite how technically demanding some parts are)

Vocal Style – 9 out of 10 (fantastic vocal delivery with clean pronunciation and breathing control)

Overall Song Composition – 8 out of 10 (no-frills death metal with occasional changes in tempo)

Originality – 7 out of 10 (again, this is no-frills death metal, and these guys aren’t reinventing the wheel)