Brazil’s Krisiun have been consistently producing high quality Death Metal since their Black Force Domain debut in 1995. Album number eleven, Scourge of the Enthroned, rarely strays far from their established blueprint of Sodom-inspired brutality and contains eight tracks of the punishing music we have come to expect from the brothers Kolesne/ Camargo.
As the title track opens it is almost as though the band are toying with the listener, giving them a moment to prepare for the ensuing carnage. A minute in and the introduction stops to be replaced by Moyses Kolesne’s guitar, delivering a repetitive riff that shifts up and down the fretboard while the rhythm section lays a foundation that remains rock-solid throughout the entire album. There is a tight fusion between guitar and heavy snare that can only come from a band who are as seasoned as Krisiun. The quality of the rhythm section is never-more evident as when the track breaks down, the machine- gun riffing giving way to the guitar solo, all the while not losing an iota of intensity.
The drums are the real star of Scourge of the Enthroned: whether it be the militaristic beat of the opening of ‘Slay the Prophet’, the staccato stabs of the intro to ’Demonic III’ or the way they chaperone the guitars during ’Devouring Faith’, it is undeniably a stellar performance from Max Kolesne.
However, Krisiun have always been greater than the sum of its parts and without the bass of Alex Camargo locking down the drums and guitar, the whole thing might risk breaking apart. As with all great three-pieces Krisiun’s precision seems to stem from an almost supernatural level of understanding between members.
The band saves the best of Scourge of the Enthroned until the end with the track ‘Whirlwind of Immortality’. From the very first bars the frenzied instrumentation replicates the tempestuous storm of the title, the snare and guitar once again combining, this time to reproduce a maelstrom of pounding rain and howling winds.
After almost thirty years Krisiun know how to do what they do and at no point during the thirty-eight minutes of Scourge of the Enthroned do they ever try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, they deliver the usual high level of bruising Death Metal that has served them well for almost a generation. In a world of constant musical evolution, where genres are mapped at the intersections of Ven diagrams, it’s refreshing to spend time with a group who are uncompromisingly, undoubtedly and unashamedly a Death Metal band. And a world class one at that.