Now as the sole product worthy of being looked upon as Brazil’s flagship of Death Metal, the name KRISIUN has grown fast and now sets out to challenge respectable monikers in the genre with “AssassiNation”. Those of you who are absolutely cuckoo for blast beats and astonishing guitar work, KRISIUN just happens to be experts in these departments and once again shows you have to go to the trios if you want results.
I love Death Metal but my knowledge on the Brazilian outfit is probably worth a D minus, I always thought they were one of those MORBID ANGEL copies devoid of creativity or the usual South American blast storm aka REBAELLIUN. Though completely new to the band with no perception on how their remaining catalogue may sound, I can only give you the simple facts on this very album.
“AssassiNation” has nearly everything you could wish for in a brutal, melodically twisted and technical Death Metal album, many bands put out good albums in this field so why should this one matter. Well for one, KRISIUN´s musicianship is incredibly determined and has certainly given that extra brutality in many of the album’s neck-breaking speed anthems like “Natural Genocide” and “Refusal”.
Like many a Death Metal band, the non-stop brutality is tackled with melody. KRISIUN may be a heavy and vicious blasting beast but they have taken heed to good advice, guitarist Moyses Kolesne has an arsenal full of oddly placed sick twin leads some of them absurd yet catchy in a seasoned fashion as illustrated in “Vicious Wrath”. Two one minute breathers don’t do that much, kinda like the tribal outro but they seem to have been used just to fill up some space.
Although the material is great, nothing on “AssassiNation” blew me away but it was an eye opener that’s for sure. There are moments of course that are less exciting and more or less boring but as it stands KRISIUN have a pretty solid record to support on the road this year and as for slick technicality, well, I’m not sure you’ll find many that are better than these guys. (Online April 16, 2006)