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Album Review

With 2008's superlative death/thrash beat down, Southern Storm, Krisiun answered most of the critics who questioned their career-spanning stylistic staying-of-the-course with a resounding, irresistibly powerful proof-of-concept; but three years thence change is surprisingly finally afoot within the Brazilian death metal veterans' eighth studio album, The Great Execution. According to the group, more ‘traditional' heavy metal influences were brought to bear on the new material (i.e. Sabbath, Priest & Maiden, rather than the usual Slayer, Kreator and Sodom), along with a strict, 100% analog recording regimen intended to keep sibling band members Alex Camargo (vocals/bass), Moyses Kolesne (guitars) and Max Kolesne (drums) honest throughout this supposed break with long-immutable ingredients. No need to panic, though: at the end of the day Krisiun's experimental mindset hardly produced a radical departure from their hyper-technical death/thrash comfort zone, just a focus on developing song ideas more deliberately over slower tempos. So while blistering guitar solos and quasi-blast-beat rhythms are never too far off, they tend to serve as brief and distinct passages here — not the be all, end all — of token tracks like "Blood of Lions," "Descending Abomination" and "Shadows of Betrayal." Also worthy of note: the standout title cut boasts unusual melodic lyricism in its opening sequence; the ambitious "Sword of Orion" and "Shadows of Betrayal" respectively pack acoustic guitar flourishes and a true — gulp! —chorus amid their epic frameworks; and the album's lone breakneck entry, "Extinção em Massa," of course contains rare Portuguese lyrics, perhaps in tribute to legendary countrymen Vulcano. All told, these qualities produce a fine album that may not sit well with all the Krisiun fans that stood by the band's resistance to change over the years, but will hopefully draw new fans to their cause with its broader ambitions.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best Metal Albums of 2012

These outstanding Brazilian purveyors of metallic death are sadly pretty new to me. I wish I had known about them before. I saw these guys live earlier this year with Death Angel, Sepultura, and Havok. I was so impressed that I picked this up later on vinyl when I saw it. (BTW: the vinyl-mix is less compressed than the CD or the AAC versions.) This album is just amazing and its production is above average. For being a blackened death metal band they sure know how to balance brutality with groove and good musicianship. If you're any fan of heavier types of metal this album deserves your attention and is well worth a listen. I would download this iTunes version, since it even comes with the digital booklet, if I hadn't already ripped the vinyl. (Good luck finding a copy now. Century Media's vinyl is usually pretty limited.) I give this my highest recommendation.


This is a new prerequisite if you wanna listen to death metal. as good as Shogun, The Fall of Ideals, Fabulous Disaster, and of course HAMMER SMASHED FACE....instant classic for me


Formed: Brazil

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Formed at the outset of the '90s, Brazilian death metal band Krisiun featured guitarist Moyses Kolesne, his brother Max Kolesne on drums, and bassist/vocalist Alex Camargo. Employing a vicious, straight-ahead death metal style, the group recorded two demos (1991's Evil Age and 1992's Curse of the Evil One) and self-released a mini-album titled Unmerciful Order in 1993, thus building an underground audience. Signing to the small Brazilian label Dynamo, the group issued its proper debut album Black...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jul 09, 2012

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