Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Review: Krisiun - Apocalyptic Revelation

Krisiun, the Brazilian death metal outfit comprised of three brothers, are understandably legends in their own right. Their 1995 debut full-length album, Black Force Domain, is widely regarded as one of the greatest death metal albums of all time for its incredible myriad of talent-laden tracks. The band's 1998 effort, Apocalyptic Revelation, is the sophomore follow-up; there's no doubt that it has big shoes to fill, but given the skill that each member of Krisiun possesses, it shouldn't be too tall of an order.

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Dynamo Brazilie
Release Date: 1998
  1. Creation's Scourge
  2. Kings of Killing
  3. Apocalyptic Victory
  4. Aborticide (In the Crypts of Holiness)
  5. March of the Black Hordes
  6. Vengeance's Revelation
  7. Rite of Defamation
  8. Meaning of Terror
  9. Rises from Black
Total Playtime: 38 minutes, 59 seconds







Rating: 7.0/10



Krisiun, the Brazilian death metal outfit comprised of three brothers, are understandably legends in their own right. Their 1995 debut full-length album, Black Force Domain, is widely regarded as one of the greatest death metal albums of all time for its incredible myriad of talent-laden tracks. The band's 1998 effort, Apocalyptic Revelation, is the sophomore follow-up; there's no doubt that it has big shoes to fill, but given the skill that each member of Krisiun possesses, it shouldn't be too tall of an order.

Right from the beginning, it's easy to hear that the album has a lot more bass presence this time around; this missing feature was one of the few downsides of the band's initial release, and it caused the drums to fall flat in many areas. Now the drums have a boosted sound that's a lot more impacting, with each snare and bass drum hit managing to work its way to your very core. It's the mixing that Max Kolesne's extraordinary command of his kit rightfully deserves.

Speaking of Max, "Apocalyptic Victory" is one of the many tracks on Apocalyptic Revelation that shows off just how expedited his work can become, with devastating raw aggression that's taken out on double bass kicks. His hand work is so fast that it's actually hard for the ear to keep up with at all times, as he flies around his kit with masterful precision and fluidity. There aren't a plethora of instances where the drumming on an album is the substantial highlight, but this is one such occasion.


The material focuses more on heavier chords and riffs this time around; there aren't as many solos, which is honestly a bit disappointing for the simple fact that they were so amazing in Black Force Domain. The thick-bodied riffs push the content in an entirely new direction for the band, and when coupled with the dryness of the production quality, it really draws in thoughts of early work from Nile. Though "Apocalyptic Victory" does house one of the better mind-melting solos of the album, as does the end of "Rises from Black". Additionally, the instrumental "March of the Black Hordes" is another track that stands out due to its flurry of memorable chords and light synthesizer additions.

At the end of the day, Apocalyptic Revelation is an album that doesn't necessarily stand out in Krisiun's discography. It's neither amazing or awful, and with all respect, it is a decent release; it's a good solid brick of fast and hard death metal. There's no problem with the skill of the members, but the songwriting is much less charismatic than in their other albums. If you're looking for a dose of rapid, sweaty death metal, then there's few better; if you crave some zest with it, you may want to look elsewhere.

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