Karonte strive to meet expectations head on with an old school attitude through vicious death metal with a melodic tinge. OnParaíso Sin Fe, flashy melody comes second to groove-laden passages where guitars, bass and drums come together in a searing explosion of riffs and tight rhythms.
“Even when tides are high their grooves feel a bit too controlled and performed with a restraint that weakens the overall image.”
It seems almost offensive to shoehorn Karonte into a box labeled “melodic death metal”, because they are much more than that. Above all, Paraíso Sin Fe feels like the product of a band confident in their style and vision. It adequately mixes enough different elements to keep things interesting through the almost 40 minutes the album lasts, and most of all it feels sincere and more committed to their own ideals rather than fleeting trends.
Even so there is little achieved in terms of variation on Paraíso Sin Fe. You can’t fault them for sticking with what works, but it is this that keeps them from truly soaring above the crowd. It is tempting to take a break or two while listening because little is going on, and it feels like you won’t miss anything by leaving the room for a few minutes. Rather than keeping you at the edge of your seat, you’re lulled into a sense of security.