It has been four years since the last death metal opus from Brazilian legends Krisiun. “Forged In Fury” marks the bands 10th full-length record, and it is an impressive effort in continuing the band’s unrelenting hate-filled legacy. Make no mistake, this album is not for the weak. Over the course of 51-minutes, these three brothers unleash every single riff in their arsenal and leave every neck sore. Though their recent records have delivered the same point in equally compelling form, Krisiun is a band that is essentially going to bludgeon you over the head continuously with brutality. The drumming in particular is quite maniacal, as it makes extensive use of blastbeats (not to the point of ad nauseam, but certainly a lot). As you might expect, double bass is also very prominent on this effort, and Krisiun’s drummer ends up putting on an absolute clinic in terms of endurance and aggression.
The rest of the performances fall in line with the drumming. Riffs travel a mile a minute, and are often tremolo-picked. The bass playing isn’t as loud as I’d like, but that’s because it is usually being drowned out by an insanely heavy riff or blasting. Surprisingly, the lead playing feels a bit more melodic than what I’d expect from Krisiun. The most prominent example is the beginning of the opening track “Scars of the Hatred”, but it does show up as well in songs like “Strength Forged Fury”. Krisiun’s vocalist is as brutal as ever. If you put in a bit of effort, you can make out a good deal of what he’s saying, but that’s not particularly important on this record.
While I’m a big proponent of memorable songwriting, this is the style of album where it becomes less important. There isn’t much that will stick with you after a listen of “Forged In Fury”, but that’s likely because your skull will be smashed into several pieces. The band delivers such an enthusiastic performance that it doesn’t matter whether or not you can match certain riffs to each song. Long-time fans will love this album, and newcomers to the band should be instantly convinced: “Forged In Fury” is a definite purchase!
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All of it
4.0/5 or 80%.
Written by Scott