Album Review: KRISIUN Mortem Solis

Don’t let the brutal imagery idiot you as a result of Krisiun are a household band. For over thirty years, the brothers Alex, Max and Moyses have been slamming out traditional demise steel from their dwelling in São Paulo, Brazil. Their contribution to Brazil’s steel scene is already legendary and Mortem Solis will not change that standing. This is the steel equal of a pepperoni pizza: easy, acquainted, a bit predictable, however at all times finally satisfying on a primal stage. 

There have been lots of ‘sibling bands’ over time. The most blatant comparability is Sepultura, whose followers nonetheless have not forgiven the brothers for leaving. But three siblings remaining sole constant members for 3 a long time is unprecedented. It means Krisiun have reached a stage of cohesion that may’t be replicated. They can in all probability learn one another’s minds musically at this level. A whole lot of bands from this period are beginning to sound their age, however not Krisiun. When they click on into one in all their signature groove steel riffs they sound like that very same bunch of children who picked up some Kreator and Slayer tapes again within the day. 

Mortem Solis begins off with three direct hits: “Sworn Enemies,” “Serpent Messiah” and “Swords Into Flesh”. Each might have been lifted from any of Krisiun‘s final 4 albums, notably 2012’s The Great Execution, however that does not imply they are not enjoyable to take heed to. It’s the form of raging demise steel that has at all times stored the underground alive. The brothers have an amazing sense of groove that retains issues from turning into too one-note. Alex Camargo‘s vocals are pure old-school Corpsegrinder whereas the galloping rhythms recall these nice late 2000’s excessive steel acts like Goatwhore and Hate Eternal. Even Dethklok is not out of the ballpark.

Anyone who listens to demise steel lengthy sufficient will inform you there are two sorts of bands: critical and enjoyable. Krisiun fall into the enjoyable camp regardless of all indicators on the contrary. Their type has been just about unchanged for greater than twenty years now, however there is no doubt that the blokes nonetheless take pleasure in writing it. They write songs to be performed at intimate reveals with followers who really love the music simply as a lot as Krisiun themselves. Mortem Solis will not be for informal metalheads. This is for individuals who bleed demise and black steel from their deepest soul.

Unfortunately, so is each different Krisiun album. Familiar is all properly and good, however Mortem Solis begins to pull by its final third. Aside from a brief interlude, there is a lack of dynamics meaning the songs begin to blur collectively. The nostalgic enjoyable wears off. The first three songs will turn out to be setlist staples for the upcoming tour with Revocation, with “Swords Into Flesh” having the potential to turn out to be a mainstay. But it is uncertain something on the final third will make the lower.

Krisiun don’t have anything to show to anybody. They’re doing what they have been born to do and we must always all assist that. There are definitely worse bands on the market, however there are extra attention-grabbing ones too. As the years go by, possibly it is inevitable that this type of demise steel will turn out to be as predictable as AC/DC. Then once more, who would not love a dose of AC/DC?

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