Review by Chad on January 22, 2002.
Opener 'Perpetuation' is classic Krisiun. Their trademark full speed assault doesn't miss a beat. Alex's vocals are in top form, with a very peculiar riffing structure slithering it's way through the course of the song.
As the album goes on, the listener is exposed to guitarist Moyses Kolesne's flawless sweep picking technique on almost every solo in every song. Although technically amazing, his overuse of the sweep has reached a point where Krisiun solo's have become a stagnant cliche. He uses them to such and extent that none of his solo's stand out from one another.
Now, on to my main gripe with "Ageless Venomous": The production is very flat. While most bands seem to achieve a better production with each successive album, Krisiun has reached a career lowpoint. The overall production is very week sounding, with the guitars sounding slightly more powerful than the other instruments. The drums sound like they are being hit with a pencil, and the double bass, while technically amazing, has a click-click-click sound that takes away from the powerful material presented on the album. I know that they mentioned their reason for doing this was so that the listener would be presented with a very clean sound, so they could hear what each instrument is doing, but it doesn't work. Listen to Dimmu Borgir's "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" and you can hear each individual note from every instrument, without taking away from the power of the album. I do have to give them tremendous credit for stepping out of the Krisiun mold, and throwing in an acoustic instrumental though, which has to be, along with the opener, my favorite track.
I really wanted to love this album, because I am a fan of their entire back catalogue, but I just can't get into this album. This is due to the production and the fact that they just didn't seem to have put their hearts into this album as they have on previous efforts. None of the songs really make me want to put this disc in my cd player again, except the amazing ACOUSTIC instrumental 'Diableros'.
Bottom Line: A solid album, with great musicianship, but I know these guys can do better. The production really drags it down. If you have never heard Krisiun before, pick up "Apocalyptic Revalation" or "Conquerors of Armageddon" before you think about buying this one.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 6.2 out of 10
Review by Krys on August 20, 2001.
I guess Krisiun wants to elucidate today’s definition of high speed, furious death metal, and what can I, a little worm on the other side of the music chain, say? Their new epic “Ageless Venomous” takes them one step closer to the undisputed title of the most brutal death metal band ever.
They are not there yet (about this a little later), but damn close. Those of you who know Krisiun know exactly what to expect from the Kolesne brothers and Alex Camargo. “Ageless Venomous” doesn’t disappoint, but I put the bar for them so high that I was looking for a little more.
Lets’ start with good news... as musicians those guys destroy most of their competition right now. Killer instrumentalists that’s all I got to say. Drummer Max Kolesne is one of the best the genre has to offer and if his double bass didn’t sound like popcorn machine, by now I would have permanent damage to my eardrums. His brother Moyses simply doesn’t know what slow means. The only ‘instrument’ that can compete with his guitar is a dentist’s drill. Mind-blowing solos, ultra-fast riffing are definite highlights of this album. Then there are the sick, convulsive growls of Alex who additionally molests his bass in a way that attempts to make the food in our stomachs fly all over the room.
Krisiun is brutal but intelligent. It’s simple but technical. It’s something you’ll love to blow your speakers on and something your neighbors will never want to hear... so turn it up a notch!
And now the bad news... I know that on one hand the idea was to make the most extreme death album ever and on the other it was to make it sound as clear as possible; but someone just took it to literally. This record is too clear. It almost gets to the point that it actually losses its fury and intended brutality because of it. If you want to hear this epic with grade 10 out of 10 go see them live. Every bit as good as on the album and then some...
Bottom Line: For Krisiun 9 is below (my) expectations. From them I demand and expect a full masterful package and this time they slipped on production.
Rating: 9 out of 10