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Kreng, “The Summoner” Review

Kreng by Jeroen De Wandel
Pepijn Caudron of Kreng, photo by Jeroen De Wandel

Kreng might make the scariest music on Earth. This is a bold statement when I consider my listening habits, but I find myself pleasantly disturbed sitting here listening to Kreng’s new masterpiece, “The Summoner”.

Most of the tracks are named for one of the stages of grief, and that theme sits well. “The Summoner” is potent, in large part due to Kreng’s usage of volume dynamics. He slowly builds musical landscapes with subtle, quiet ambiance and very quickly brings in loud, unsettling strings. By “unsettling”, I mean absolutely gorgeous, but Kreng’s mastery over tension and mood rivals even artists like David Lynch.

Kreng’s “The Summoner” is a lucid and contemplative nightmare, as beautiful as it is tense. It is also worth noting that the vinyl is gorgeous and worth the price alone.

Daniel Tuttle
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