Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a night of ass-kicking tunes from three quality local bands here in Colorado, two of which are based right here in my hometown of Pueblo. While I enjoyed a few barrels of Mickey’s as I livestreamed the sets from all three bands (that was also accompanied with uncontrollable impulses to headbang) I made sure not to pass up the chance to purchase a physical copy of the CD’s sold at the Kenaima merch table.
Now, let’s talk about Kenaima and their first release, “Haste“.
Kenaima resides in Denver, the extreme metal hot spot of Colorado, home to such extreme metal acts such as Blood Incantation, Cephalic Carnage, Havok, Primitive Man, Of Feather and Bone, and many many more. Needless to say, they are certainly deserving of recognition alongside the many frenzied acts of the Denver metal scene, which doesn’t surprise me considering just how impressive “Haste” proves to be.
There are several key components held within Kenaima’s chemistry that makes up their sound: delivering chaotic aggression, abrasive stop-start tempos, and precise deliveries of speed and technicality. Each song (apart from the quick intro track, “Haste“) is layered with mathcore riffing patterns and dizzying alternations between dissonance and pummeling palm muted breakdowns. You’ll also hear a few moments of menacing sludge riffs that allow room for short lived breaths and sparse quiet breaks before the madness picks back up.
“Haste” lives up to its title, barely reaching the 16-minute mark, this ambitious three-piece band doesn’t allow potential to go to waste at any given time. From the polyrhythms and sheer vocal contrasts to the exceptionally heavy production and well balanced final mixing, Kenaima shows they weren’t willing to fall short with this release.
Even though I, personally, am diggin’ the hell out of this CD, there are some qualities that might not appeal to others as much who may not be familiar with this style of extreme music. There are moments where the intensity can become overbearing, due to the relentless attack and sporadic nature sacrificing stand out segments for consistency, which can either fall flat for some or get others too pumped up that they can’t accurately recall what differentiates one song from the rest. Regardless, this is just a minor setback, due to such a short length listen, that the overall experience proves to be thoroughly enjoyable and easily replayed but not worn out too easily.
For fans of: Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch