|Review: Krisiun - Ageless Venomous|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2001
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: August 3, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
The first thing that struck me when I first listened to this successor to the highly-acclaimed "Conquerors of Armageddon" were the drums. What the HELL is this? It sounds like the double-bass drum is some plastic gas container or something. Considering that it is used profusively, this is highly annoying and very hard to get used to, it sticks out so much that it really distracts from the other stuff. Seriously I don't know what the hell they were thinking when they decided to go with that sound.
Whether "Ageless Venomous" is more brutal than its predecessor is almost subjective at this point - this is fast, but so was "Conquerors of Armageddon". There's only a certain speed you can achieve before it gets hard to really make a good comparison. The album is pretty much played at full speed, with very fast solos, pretty much what we've come to expect from Krisiun. I can't say this is much of a departure from their previous album - this is purely and simply in-your-face brutal death metal, and in my opinion there's only so much you can do in the genre. Sure, the songs are different but overall the sound has remained the same (except the awful drum sound, of course.) There is a noticeable improvement in the band's playing and this shows in a tighter overall sound and very precise solos - how the hell can those guys play like that? :) Vocals are of the guttural DM style, understandable at times and sometimes practically undecipherable. Love it or hate it. ;)
Only the 9th track, Diableros, a 1:34 instrumental really stands apart on the album, not because it's better but rather because it's very quiet compared to the rest of the album. I think they could have dropped that one though - well, it does give the listener a little break. :) The title track starts with the predominant and extremely annoying gas container drum sound... Once again, what the hell were they thinking?
Assuming you can get past this awful drum sound, Krisiun fans should definitely dig this. I don't see much defense for the production though. Granted, it's the first time it was done by the band, but for a band signed to a label like Century Media, they should have had the means to get the sound right. Still a very good release. Recommended.
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