Krisiun - _Conquerors of Armageddon_
(Century Media, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (
Ahhh, I do love album titles which do my describing for me. For despite their own protestations that the title refers to the conquering of their own vitriolic talents and is not a chauvinistic statement of their devastating abilities, in the case of Krisiun, I wouldn't have batted an eyelid if they -hadn't- been so damned humble. _CoA_ is a devastating and beautifully executed barrage of hyper-speed death metal with a strong thrash feel. After two rough edged but thoroughly impressive efforts (and yes I -did- overate _Apocalyptic Revelation_ [CoC #39], looking back it probably should have been more like an 8 or 8.5 out of 10), Krisiun have found the perfect plateau from which to deliver their blitzkrieg of a musical assault. Eric Rutan and Andy Classen must have damn near turned Stage One into ground zero in creating the thundering monster of double bass, biting snare and all that lies in-between which was previously just Max Kolesne playing drums in a studio. With Alex Camargo and Moyses Kolesne's respective bass/vocals and guitar performances being turned into some similar demons, Krisiun's final piece to complete the puzzle has been to pen a fine batch of tunes in their own inimitable style. It may be hellishly fast and deadly from the opening barrage of "Ravager" to the blasting, manic close of "Endless Madness Descends" (with virtually no let up whatsoever in-between), but never does it drag; never do Krisiun let go their iron hold.
(article published 5/25/2000)
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