Sunday Old School: Krisiun
As most sports fans, and even many who aren’t, are aware, today marks the final day of the FIFA World Cup, the largest international tournament in the sporting world. This year, it was held in Brazil, a country known globally for their love of and talent for football. But there’s another area the Brazilians seem to excel at, as Sunday Old School has shown in the past by highlighting such bands as Ratos de Parão and Sarcófago, and that is that Brazil has given birth to some of the most crushing metal bands of all time, as we’ll see today by taking a look at another of their excellent exports, Krisiun. The band was formed in Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul, in 1990 by three brothers, Moyses and Max Kolesne, who handled guitar and drum duties respectively and singing bassist, Alex Camargo, who uses their mothers maiden name. They were heavily influenced by the aggressive metal of such acts as Morbid Angel and Slayer and recorded two demos before deciding that their career would stand more of a chance if they moved to Sao Paulo in 1995, where they were almost immediately spotted and signed by Dynamo Records.
The band recorded and released their debut studio album, "Black Force Domain" that same year and displayed their influences proudly with covers of "Nuclear Winter" by Sodom and the Kreator track, "Total Death." The album was well received by the death metal fans who heard it and soon afterwards, their brutal sound was to be brought to a larger audience when they signed with German record label, GUN. The group’s first release through their new label came in 1998 with the album, "Apocalyptic Revelations," which was also met with a positive response amongst the death metal community.
"Apocalyptic Revelations" would prove to be Krisiun’s only record distributed by GUN Records however, as soon afterwards they signed a deal with a bigger German label, Century Media, which housed such other respected extreme acts as Rotting Christ and were soon to sign blackened death metal outfit, Behemoth, with whom Krisiun would tour with, on a tour which also included another Polish band, Vader.
Their first release for Century Media came out in 2000 under the title, "Conquerors of Armageddon" and continued the welcome trend of positive reviews, with a number of critics and fans considering it to have just edged past "Apocalyptic Revelations" in terms of quality. It was followed quickly by a fourth album, "Ageless Venomous" in 2001 which received a somewhat mixed but mostly positive reception. By this time, the band had been given the opportunity to spread their music on a larger scale, taking part in tours with such acts as Cannibal Corpse, Immortal and Satyricon amongst others and capped off a successful year by having "Ageless Venomous" featured in Rolling Stone magazine’s "Best of 2001" list, the only metal album to make it.
Krisiun followed up on this new found success by recording and releasing a new album, "Works of Carnage" in 2003. The record was notable for spawning a music video for the song, "Murderer," as well as a cover of the Venom classic, "In League with Satan." The album continued to earn the band the attention of metal fans, as well as their peers, as evidenced by Alex’s guest appearance on the Sepultura live album, "Live in Sao Paulo," which also featured respected Brazilian artists such as rapper B-Negao and Ratos de Parao frontman, Joao Gordo.
Touring was to increase even more following the release of their next album, "AssassiNation" in 2006. The record was another well received effort and featured another cover, this time Motorhead's, "Sweet Revenge." They promoted the album by trekking across North America with Unleashed, Belphegor and Hatesphere, before embarking on several European tours, including one with Immolation and a separate, extensive tour of Eastern Europe with their old friends Vader and Rotting Christ.
They were eventually able to find the time to record a new album, "Southern Storm," which was regarded as another triumph. Once again, the band’s crushing brutality was married with their take on a metal staple, this time it was to be the turn of countrymen Sepultura, whose song, "Refuse/Resist" was reworked by Krisiun for the record. It was then time to head back out on the road, touring across Europe with Nile before teaming up with them once again for a return to North American shores, where they were joined by their old touring buddies, Immolation.
In 2011, the band recorded their most recent album to date, "The Great Execution," which was released on Halloween of that year to a mostly positive response. It was notable for being their first album since, "Ageless Venomous" not to feature a cover, although it did contain a collaboration with Joao Gordo on the song, "Extinção em Massa." It also increased their sound somewhat, bringing in new elements to their brand of death metal, including some flamenco influences. They toured across North America again, this time supporting Sepultura and American thrash legends, Death Angel. A compilation release, "Arise from Blackness" was released in 2012 and since then the band has mostly been on the road, performing at such events as the Barge to Hell cruise and Obscene Extreme, as well as completing their own North American tour this past March. With three years passed since their last slab of new material, the time must surely be approaching for the band to unleash another album of punishing death metal, one which will surely fit perfectly into their outstanding catalogue.
Krisiun - "They Call Me Death"
Krisiun - "Kings of Killing"
Krisiun - "Conquerors of Armageddon"
Krisiun - "Murderer"
Krisiun - "Vicious Wrath"
Krisiun - "Combustion Inferno"
Krisiun - "The Will to Potency"
Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.
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