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CONQUERORS OF ARMAGEDDON
It's no secret
that the guys behind Century Media probably despise the style of Death
plays. Similarly they weren't adamant about CRYPTOPSY. You'll find these
bands in stores only because there's a great word-of-mouth surrounding
them that CM wants to captilize on. Anyone concerned that CM may have
strongly recommended that KRISIUN
alter their style need no longer worry. CONQUERORS
OF ARMAGEDDON features some of the fastest Krisiun songs yet,
showing that there's still new areas of holocaust speed left to explore.
The production is also their most user friendly, thanks to HATE
ETERNAL mastermind Erik Rutan.
opens the new decade establishing high standards in Death Metal, and their
competition is going to have to step up their aggression or fade into
obscurity. The Brazilian brothers gives us what we expect in the first
three tracks - "Ravager," "AbyssalGates," and "Soul
Devourer." Blast tempos, technical low end riffs, and showy leads.
Suddenly "Messiah's Abomination" arrives and met expectations
are soon surpassed. I can't say they pull out all stops because we're
talking about KRISIUN
here, but there's an undeniable increase in the speed. Max's blasts become
quicker, tighter. Alex delivers more lyrics, in less time. "Cursed
Scrolls" follows with a heavy build-up before Moyses segues into
a few hammer-on notes to designate the speed reprisal.
I wonder why title tracks don't get much distinction. Usually they sound
as good as the other tracks, though not really better. This time it's
immediately apparent why the title track deserves its status. "Conquerors
of Amrageddon" is probably KRISIUN's
longest song yet, at over six minutes. Don't expect a departure from the
approach; in fact one of the riffs nods back to "Aborticide"
on APOCALYPTIC REVELATION. And speaking of riffs, "Conquerors"
has their best yet - the standout where the vocals begin. Max rides a
stop-and-go blast pattern through the verses, rolling all over the set
with his penchant for dazzling fills. Expect more heightened intensity
at the end on "Endless Madness Descends" as well. Moyses' solos
seem more controlled, especially compared to BLACK FORCE DOMAIN, but still
recognizably his. KRISIUN
shows why they're among the elite, delivering over forty minutes of relentless
death, a definite favorite for 2000.
This review copyright 2000 E.C.McMullen Jr.
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