"AssassiNation" (Century Media; 2006)

Reviewed by Snidermann

When metal is good, it jumps right out at you, out of nowhere, and slams you right in the head. Well, that is what Krisiun and their "AssassiNation" did for me. 

"AssassiNation" displays a raw intensity that I could not get enough of. I am on my fourth spin as I write this and I'm already looking forward to the fifth.

This death metal band from Brazil blew me away with their talent and songwriting ability and kept me interested throughout the CD and for future listenings as well. With "AssassiNation," Krisiun do it hard and they do it very well. 

In addition, the band does a very cool cover of Motorhead's "Sweet Revenge." Believe it or not, they do it heavier than Motorhead! 

Listening to bands like Krisiun is the reason I got into the music racket in the first place. Simply outstanding!

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"Bloodshed" (Century Media; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

On "Bloodshed," Krisiun play a brutal, unforgiving, angry type of death metal that hammers away at your skull like a tungsten carbide steel drill bit digging into the earth, looking for oil.

There isn't a moment's respite in the 24 minutes or so of new material that appears on the Brazilian band's "Bloodshed." By the time that short time span has passed, the listener has been pummeled mercilessly with wave after wave of pounding, growling sound. 

And, if you're concerned about the admittedly short running time, don't be. Although there are only about 24 minutes of new material on this CD, "Bloodshed" also includes four tracks from the band's early "Unmerciful Order" EP. The production isn't quite up to snuff on the EP but, then, you wouldn't expect it to be. But the music is still just as brutal, even though the songwriting may not be up to the band's current par.

I can't see any fan of death metal going wrong by adding "Bloodshed" to their collection. 

Krisiun: Moyses Kolesne - guitars; Alex Camargo - vocals, bass; Max Kolesne - drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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