Barely one year after their previous effort, "Conquerors Of Armageddon", the bestial Brazilian trio is back with a new opus of grinding, unrelenting, putrefied brutal Death Metal. I think that the Kolesne-brothers have crafted another hell of an album.
First off, I've to say that "Ageless Venomous" isn't even comparable to the past album released by the combo. In fact, it's rather different in all of his goals and musical performances. The frontal assault of the previous one has turned into something definitely more interesting and deep. The compositions here are way thought through and elaborate in regard to anything they did in the past, without losing a bit in terms of brutality and aggression, and I can assure to you that it can sound easy on paper, but it's darn' hard to achieve. On the other side, the already terrific musicianship of the whole band has enhanced even more. The level of technicality retained by this tracks is simply mind-blowing. The first time I listened to this record I was shocked by the immense dexterity this guys can exhibit. Bloody hell! (sorry, but I like those Brit expressions so much...) The drummer drives me nuts! How can a man play so darn' fast? Well, actually I've to say his style is pretty reminding of Pete 'the man with twelve arms' Sandoval, but who fuckin' cares? The drumming work is so otherworldly I'd buy this album for it alone; it's an authentic firework from start to finish: smashing blastbeats and inhumanly fast double-bass-barrage seem to be so normal for Max. Okay, I'll stop right now before my mouth begins to froth, let's only add that the guitar-work is huge as well and the bass-work, though inaudible at times, is competent, too.
As for the song-writing, I cannot make a criticism in this department either, 'cuz it's top-notch. The tracks here have the property to seep into your mind a bit more with every listen, and are brilliant insofar you will listen to this work again and again. In my opinion, the title track along with the two instrumentals "Serpents Spectres" and "Diableros" (the latter being an acoustic song featuring astonishingly intricate guitar lines and percussions) can be counted as culminating points, but it's very difficult indicating a peak among such a greatness.
Well, now you can think it's all set for a fat 10 points score, but sadly it's not.
The record is also tainted by conspicuous imperfections. In the first place, despite the undeniable quality of the offering, it's nothing innovative or particularly fresh. Hints to the MORBID ANGEL-sound can be traced all over the album, and to be fair the Floridians already did this all with their debut. So, in the general balance of things, if KRISIUN put out "Ageless Venomous" at least 12 or 13 years ago, it would have been eternally praised by the Death Metal-maniacs, but nowadays it can sound outdated. Moreover, the mixing is odd: the drums are on the forefront, lessening the impact of the guitars, ad that's good to me, 'cos as an aspirant drummer I wanna clearly hear each and every move of this incredible guy, but I understand for all the others it's allegedly a turn-off. Haplessly, this aspect it's a tad hard to swallow even for the drummer wannabes, the drums having a slightly synthetic sound, especially for the double-bass. Honestly, the band-members had to be more careful in the choosing of the drumming sounds, 'cos they detract from the performance of the stickman, and it's a pity.
Bottom line: I love this album and for sure it'll be stuck in my player for a really long time, but the serious flaws I just mentioned prevent a high rating.