Karhu - Survival Of The Richest

'Survival Of The Richest' is a smorgasbord of sound.  Karhu's disjointed song writing style takes a couple listens to settle into. There is just so much to it; layer upon layer of upon yet another layer of melodies and harmonies. The vocals on this entire CD took some serious getting used to.  The clean vocals sound like Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) while the gritty, growling vocals are eerily similar to Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God).

'B-Vera' comes in hard and almost a minute in, it breaks and Joseph Parry sings. I wasn't expecting any clean vocals and I am pretty sure I made a face when I was driving to work as I listened. I got through it without incident.

'D-44' is musical genius. The lead and rhythm guitar are perfect as they dance flawlessly.

One of the best tracks on the CD is 'The Dream.' The beginning is haunting and the many changes in this song are impeccable. 'The Dream' sounds like Iron Maiden, Fear Factory, and Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) are having a jam session and then it changes again.

'Isä' is fascinating. The Opeth like beginning goes into an Avenged Sevenfold sound then goes into a total Soundgarden sound then exactly two minutes in, gives me goosebumps. Goosebumps! A band has done a hell of a job to give this gal goosebumps.

The final track, 'Vinette' is ardent with a thought provoking verse and jamming. The song is over five minutes long, but the borderline irreproachable cascade of sound feels like a blink.

Song after song is different with each going through such an array of changes, it is definitely hard to tap along. My suggestion is to give this eclectic recording at least two listens. The first one to acclimate yourself and the second one to really feel the music.

Ultimately, if you like gritty, haunting, melodic, fun music that keeps you guessing then 'Survival Of The Richest' is worth picking up.


1. B-Vera
2. D-44
3. Darker Days
4. The Dream
5. Feeder
6. Ignorance
7. Isä
8. KERpaser
9. Lambent
10. Open
11. Reality 2.0
12. Survival Of The Richest
13. Vinette

Self released
Reviewer: Darlene Steelman
Sep 15, 2012

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