KRISIUN is one of those bands you can count on. You can go and buy any of their albums and won't have to fear they've gone all ULVER on the listener with that particular release. And don't get me wrong, I'm really getting into the newer ULVER, it's just a perfect example. But back to KRISIUN, all their releases all pretty much down the same road. Fast, brutal Death Metal all the way home. That kind of predictability can be bad, it can be really bad, or it can be boring. Or, on a few occasions, it can be a good thing, as is the case with KRISIUN here. The fact that this is my first actual KRISIUN CD might also have a thing or two to say in the matter but let's not dwell on minor details eh?
So here it is, "Works Of Carnage", the fifth full-length from our boys in Brazil. And what has changed since their last album? Well, if I remember correctly, "Ageless Venomous" was pretty redundant and didn't match up to the skill of this trio. Seems like someone had a lecture about that with the guys for "Works Of Carnage" is a huge improvement and shows that KRISIUN can do good Death Metal when they want to.
"Works Of Carnage" will have the critics' jaws drop to the floor and have the fans banging their head for the whole duration of it and leave them with a pleasant whiplash afterwards. It's got everything from the sickeningly brutal groove to the trademark speed factor of KRISIUN to a good level of technicality and good solos. Killer riffs, insane drumwork, it all comes with the package. And basically that's enough to describe not just the album as a whole but the songs as independent members as well. Now that's a good thing and a bad thing too. On the positive side it means that there is no drop in quality and each track is followed by an equally good one (apart from the interludes and outro). On the negative side all this also means that there isn't that much variation. It can be a difficult task to tell which song is which as they don't have anything that would identify them as track this or track that. It all seems to just kind of melt into one. Luckily the CD is relatively short so that doesn't get to bother that much. And anyway, this is KRISIUN we're talking about. Variation isn't their game, but making the listener's ears bleed and have them break their neck while headbanging on the other hand is. And that's why we love 'em, right?
One track does stand out of the pack and actually kinda stuck to my head so I found myself humming it at odd situations and rather unthinkable places. And that track is none other than the VENOM cover "In League With Satan". That song has a little bit of that childishly catchy chant-like chorus that just sticks to your head and won't let go. So I found myself humming to this song for example in the store, train and even in the shower. "duh-duh-duh-Evil!-In-league-with-Satan!-Evil!-In-league-with-Satan!-dum-dum-dum…", how could you not sing along to this? I haven't actually heard the original version but I doubt it could be any better than KRISIUN's version of it.
The production is fat and juicy and does the songs justice. Very thick and powerful. Alex Camargo's Death Metal voice has been put to good use during the band's ten year career (I heard they are one hell of a live-band) and so it has evolved into rather distinctive and also a very good one that fits KRISIUN's style. Same goes for Moyses Kolesne. He can pull off some really good riffs from his guitar and also throws in many good solos. Although the two guys are really good at their task it is the name Max Kolesne that most will come up when speaking of KRISIUN. The guy is relentless behind his kit and can keep up the pace and accuracy most can only dream of. I bet he's been banging on things ever since he learned to stand up.
"Works Of Carnage" is the fifth KRISIUN and the best one I've heard of them (didn't I tell you not to dwell on minor details?). It doesn't offer that much new for older fans of KRISIUN as it is basically the same as the rest of them, only done better and more interesting (which is nice). Predictable and unsurprising but nonetheless quality stuff that should appeal to fans of brutal Death Metal of MORBID ANGEL and the likes. (Online November 10, 2003)