Some death metal purists sometimes tend to twist their noses at the sound Krisiun offers, being 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’ – their 10th studio album – being no exception.
Displaying and 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 ‘Conquerors of Armageddon’ and ‘Southern Storm’ thrones, albums which are widely consider their best, ‘Forged in Fury’ 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, or 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.
You can find every death-metal element in this album: rawness, brutality, morbid tales and gutural vocals, along with modern techniques and production. 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.
Although not for everyone, ‘Forged in Fury’ will surely please those who love extreme forms of metal, as well as death-metal fans in general. A solid effort and a good entry in Krisiun’s discography, 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 times than not.