Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: Krisiun - Black Force Domain

There's no question about it, Brazillian death metal trio Krisiun is one hell of a force to be reckoned with. Formed in 1990, the band consists of three brothers; Alex Camargo on bass and vocals, Max Kolesne manning the drums, and Moyses Kolesne commanding the guitar. Almost every single one of their ten full-length offerings has struck gold with listeners, and with an upcoming eleventh release looming in the foreseeable future, what better way to prepare than by going back to 1995, at the heart of the band's roots.

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Dynamo Brazilie
Release Date: August 14, 1995
  1. Black Force Domain
  2. Messiah of the Double Cross
  3. Hunter of Souls
  4. Blind Procession
  5. Evil Mastermind
  6. Infamous Glory
  7. Rejected to Perish Below
  8. Meanest Evil
  9. Obsession by Evil Force
  10. Sacrifice of the Unborn
Total Playtime: 41 minutes, 28 seconds







Rating: 9.5/10



There's no question about it, Brazillian death metal trio Krisiun is one hell of a force to be reckoned with. Formed in 1990, the band consists of three brothers; Alex Camargo on bass and vocals, Max Kolesne manning the drums, and Moyses Kolesne commanding the guitar. Almost every single one of their ten full-length offerings has struck gold with listeners, and with an upcoming eleventh release looming in the foreseeable future, what better way to prepare than by going back to 1995, at the heart of the band's roots.

You may have seen the album cover a multitude of times over the years, and that's because Black Force Domain is one of the most prevalent debut albums ever released. It contains death metal that's clearly on the cusp of black metal, and the sound overall is exceedingly greasy and raw. The production values are high on treble and very light on bass; the bass drum doesn't have much of an impact unless it's featured in stand-alone areas, and the bass guitar is barely felt at all.

Of course, the opening title track is a shining beacon of Satanic force; it's an intense, instantly ear-catching way to kick off the material. The long ending solo will all but make your head explode with just how tight, fast, and high it climbs up the neck of the guitar. By the end, you'll be salivating for more, and Krisiun delivers just that... 40+ minutes of some of the fastest and most fluid guitar licks that death metal has ever seen.

It's hard to not base this review around the guitar alone, as it has a massive spotlight on it for the entire album. With solos that encompass everything from masterful sweeping, to light-speed tapping, and tremendously fast hammer-ons/pull-offs, Moyses' skill is immediately cemented as irrefutable. His scales are menacing, dark, and sharp as a machete. No track goes without a handful of solos, be them long or short, and they're changed up from being laid over heavy rhythm riffs to standing by themselves.


Even though the mixing and sound quality doesn't allow for Max's drums to stand out as much as they could, songs such as "Hunter of Souls" are overtaken by his rapid fire. The patterns are fueled by more than just blast beats, taking in rounds on the tom-toms, flavorful stopped hi-hat crashes, and producing solid beats that accent the guitars as well. Max gets his own chance to pummel the ears off of listeners during the start of "Evil Mastermind", which kicks off with a 40-second drum solo that utilizes every single part of his kit in a tempo that's nearly sub-human.

While a lot of death metal bands in the 90's, such as Grave and Autopsy, were implementing slow riffs and acidic, doom-like structures to their songs, Krisiun ensured that Black Force Domain is nothing short of non-stop skull crushing brutality at a pace that even Satan would have a hard time keeping up with. It's sweaty, it's fevered, and it's filled with such a high level of musicianship that one might be led to wonder if the then 20-something-year-olds actually did sell their souls to acquire it.

In reality, the instrumental track "Infamous Glory" is the only offering that could be considered even slightly slow, and that's only really due to its lack of drums; it starts out with sinister keyboard backings as a slick two-minute guitar solo takes over the listener's ears. Things intensify around the middle for a while, as creepy organs make their way into the fray. There's no drums, bass, or vocals here, just pure face-melting shredding backed by haunting synthesizers.

The majority of Black Force Domain is an awe-inspiring masterpiece, but with that said it does carry on a bit too long. The material could've benefitted from stopping at "Obsession by Evil Force", though that's definitely not to say that "Sacrifice of the Unborn" isn't a good track. Additionally, the vocals are good and powerful, but they're also dry; they don't stand out amongst the crowd of death metal vocalists. You can't point them out in a crowd and go "Oh yeah! That's Krisiun alright", but you can with the rest of the instruments. This is one of the death metal albums that you need to listen to before you die.

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