|Review: Krisiun - Forged in Fury|
|Forged in Fury|
Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: August 20, 2015
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
for:Forged in Fury
Rated 4/5 (80%) (15 Votes)
In the early 1990’s, a force emerged from the marginalized South American continent, fierce and relentless, to gather a legion of followers and conquer the Death Metal world. Krisiun is one of those bands that have managed to achieve legend status throughout their career, with quality songwriting and sharp musicianship. Since their first demo, The Plague, the Brazilian death metallers combine brutality with virtuosity, resulting in a unique and winning formula, The Kolesne brothers, Max and Moyses, along with frontman Alex Camargo, have been together since the early days and show no signs of slowing down, which is what we can see in this release, Forged in Fury, their 10th studio album.
Some Death Metal purists sometimes tend to twist their noses at the sound Krisiun offers, the technicality and prowess with the instruments sometimes straying far from the more raw and brutal approach that the genre is well known for, but the band manages to combine those aspects with mastery, with Forged in Fury being no exception.
Displaying an intricate sound, this is a worthy entry in Krisiun’s rich discography, and will appease both purists and the more modern Death Metal fan. Although not menacing the Conquerors of Armageddon and Southern Storm thrones, albums which are widely considered their best, this album offers a solid mix between the savagery of the genre, as can be seen on "Burning of the Heretic" and "Strength Forged in Fury", and technical tunes like the opener "Scars of the Hatred". Strong riffs, massive heaviness and good songwriting also can be found here, and Camargo’s voice sounds as good as ever, morbid and angry, even melancholic sometimes. All instruments can be clearly heard, as Erik Rutan did a great job with the production, and the artwork is as beautiful as you will find out there.
Relying on honesty and great chemistry, the trio never ceases to amaze their fans and the scene, showcasing all the good (and the evil) extreme metal has to offer, and year after year, these Brazilians throw riffs, havoc and chaos at you.
A solid effort, despite having a few flaws here and there, this album can keep you entertained for a while, and will be well worth your money. It will not make your Top 10 this year, but it will definitely make your CD player more often than not.
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