MetalBite Review by Chad on 1/22/2002
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'
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
out of 10