"[IEHAC's] free and fearless exploration of dynamic textured soundscapes, coupled with their insane creative and technical prowess, voraciously wipes the boundaries of music from existence...a fascinating and breathtaking experience, entirely a different beast from anything we've heard before...[an] intense, diverse masterpiece." - Bandwagon.sg
"...what you end up hearing when you hit play is…post rock. And not your usual, dreamier-than-thou post rock either: this stuff has groove, dynamics and a mix that emphasizes the kick drum and bass. In short, this is the kind of post rock that will have you biting your lips and swaying in your chair, moving something deep inside your core...this entire album is filled with ear-worms, straddling the line between groovy, happy post rock a la And So I Watch You From Afar and the more prog rock influenced The Samuel Jackson Five." - heavyblogisheavy.com
"With each key track being at least six minutes long, the methodology of IEHAC starts to follow a pattern; one that’s however, nearly impossible to predict…Perhaps it’s IEHAC’s dearth of vocals that makes them feel so unshackled and malleable; this clearly isn’t a band that gets thrills from orthodox verse-chorus-bridge structures. Conversation in instrumentation – that’s IEHAC’s weapon of choice when it comes to telling stories, even when it's as lofty as a four-part, 20-minute opus…we’ll surely be revisiting The Kraken over and over again to unearth everything that IEHAC wishes to communicate on this extravagant sophomore album." - JUICE Singapore
"...a musical venture of truly epic proportions… a very gratifying, and cinematic experience. Every inch of detail that were captured and subsequently showcased, were of high, pristine recording quality. All the way through the prologue, the apex and the ultimatum. The intricacies could very well be comparable to a mechanical watch, truly representational of fine craftsmanship and class." - Offkey.sg
"While the term 'epic' has been used and abused so much in popular culture that it has lost some of its potency, it is a fitting word to describe the songs in this 12-track release, which celebrates the grandeur of rock and its various forms and offshoots...[IEHAC] have built a solid body of work to soundtrack the mythical vagaries of the deep." (****, album of the week) - Straits Times' Life!
"A progressive rock monster for the ages...cohesive ambition [is] displayed on this astounding work...There is a consistency running throughout the LP that compels the listener to sit entranced for the entire duration, breathless at the wonder and awe that the music evokes, somewhat effortlessly" - Powerofpop.com
“In Each Hand A Cutlass already established their penchant for meticulous and complex compositions with their 2011 album A Universe Made of Strings, but with their upcoming album, The Kraken, the Singapore-based instrumental band have bolstered their sonic heft and attention to detail. Songs like "The Deep" highlight their aptitude towards sweeping, majestic post-rock while tracks like "Overture" demonstrate their ability to weave the heaviness of contemporary metallurgists like Mastodon with the exploratory risks of prog luminaries like King Crimson." – Brian Cook, bassist of Russian Circles and Sumac, reviewer with Seattle’s The Stranger magazine
“I was so thrilled to hear that IEHAC are back with a new recording after being totally blown away by their debut A Universe Made of Strings. I came across the band when I was touring in Asia last year and was immediately drawn in and hooked on the huge, epic sound. Since getting my hands on The Kraken it hasn’t been off my stereo, they have really brought it this time, I cannot wait to see this monster live!” – Niall Arthur Kennedy, guitarist of And So I Watch You From Afar