KRISIUN spurred some interest with slick and effective Death Metal opus “Southern Storm” back in 2008. It was an album that a band can gage other work by and it made the following release, “The Great Execution” one that needed to make a statement. It certainly does. “The Great Execution” is a rather long winded but rompous Death Metal record that continues to pound KRISIUN’s status down with high regard.
Although the album provides a fairly great variety of detailing in it, the basic bottom line of “The Great Execution” provides an effective and aggressive Death Metal sound. Strong band chemistry sells more standard songs like “Blood Of Lions” or “The Extremist” while riffs bounce off of layered rhythms from an extremely strong drum performance of double bass blasts and the technical and often buried melodies within the guitar parts allow for teased intricacies. Alex Camargo’s roaring vocals throw in some great lyrical content and choruses to give the album a bit of a catchy vibe that blends with the aggressive Death Metal instrumental parts efficiently.
Yet its not the basic Death Metal craftsmanship that makes this eighth album such a well done record for a band with high standards. It’s the little things. It’s the almost melodic vibe of “Blood Of Lions” or the acoustic guitars on “The Will To Potency” that make this album a blast to listen to. There is a Progressive structure to the epic “The Sword Of Orion” and “Shadows Of Betrayal” while the sheer franticness of “Violentia Gladiatore” or the Groove swing of “Rise And Confront” balance it all out.
Even though “The Great Execution” rarely matches the sheer effectiveness of “Southern Storm”, its blend of consistency and minute detailing of sound make it one of the best Death Metal releases of the year. It’s crafted expertly and performed even better with its vicious sound. If KRISIUN keeps pumping albums out as good as this, it looks like nothing will stop them.
Songs to check out: “The Will To Potency”, “Violentia Gladiatore”, “The Sword Of Orion
(Online January 19, 2012)