Kri­siun

SCOURGE OF THE EN­THRONED

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CEN­TURY ME­DIA BRAZIL’S LONG­EST-SERV­ING DEATH ME­TAL BAND STILL MEAN BUSI­NESS

THE LAST TIME

we heard from this Brazil­ian pow­er­house, they seemed to be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some­thing of a mid-ca­reer cri­sis. Kri­siun have al­ways been a band you can rely on for ul­tra-tight, light­ning-fast death me­tal, but 2015’s hour-long Forged In Fury found the trio drop­ping the pace and ex­per­i­ment­ing with slower, chug­gier pas­sages. It wasn’t a bad record by any means, just a strangely unin­spir­ing one given what the band were ca­pa­ble of.

For their lat­est, how­ever, Kri­siun have re­turned to their roots and treated us to half an hour of feral, no-non­sense death me­tal. The open­ing ti­tle track may kick things off with a cum­ber­some, de­li­ciously doom­laden slow sec­tion, but it isn’t long be­fore the trio blast into over­drive, hit­ting a fu­ri­ous tempo that they main­tain for the rest of the record. De­monic Three may as well be a de­scrip­tion of the band it­self, and with its re­lent­less blasts, crunchy, ra­zor-sharp gui­tar sound and wail­ing Slayer-es­que so­los, it’s a per­fect en­cap­su­la­tion of their sound and a firm re­minder of what made this band so great in the first place – there’s even a cheeky nod to de­but Black Force Do­main here for the diehards.

Make no mis­take, though: this isn’t the sound of a band merely try­ing to re­cap­ture for­mer glo­ries. Hav­ing kept the same line-up for close to three decades, Kri­siun have ar­guably never sounded tighter, strik­ing with ruth­less pre­ci­sion on songs like Elec­t­ri­cide whilst rid­ing con­vuls­ing, off-kil­ter rhythms that would surely sound awk­ward in the hands of a lesser act.

Scourge Of The En­throned prob­a­bly won’t top­ple fan-favourite Con­querors Of Ar­maged­don as the ul­ti­mate Kri­siun al­bum, but it’s eas­ily their most ex­hil­a­rat­ing and bru­tal opus since 2008’s South­ern Storm and serves as a glee­fully ex­tended mid­dle fin­ger to any fair­weather fans who were will­ing to put them out to pas­ture after the last record. Wel­come back, lads!

FOR FANS OF: DEICIDE, VI­TAL RE­MAINS, VADER

KEZ WHE­LAN

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