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This record condemns you to hell, and more! - 94%

enigmatech, December 22nd, 2011

If you are good, honest, hard-working "Christian" soul, this release will no doubt fucking dissolve it, thus transforming you from a pious fundamentalist into a beast of a man, a mindless, killing machine sworn only to the arrival of Lucifer to overtake the throne of mankind...we don't want that. However, if you are a pure, blackened death metal freak such as myself, who takes nothing more from life than to be raped, gutted, and crushed by the most brutal riffs, pounding drums, and guttural growls, this release is your soul mate, because who needs "friends", intimate relationships, or human social interaction of any kind when you can just sit in your room, with all the lights off, and masturbate to Korean porn while blasting Krisiun's "Black Force Domain"? Not me! Let's get started!!

Unlike later albums, this album is a pretty good fusion of old school death metal, such as Morbid Angel and Vader, with fellow Brazilian bestial black metal bands such as Mystifier or early Sarcofago. In all honesty, matching the sheer relentlessness of this album is nearly impossible. I mean, listening to this album is like getting stepped on by God...in fact, after this, I think I have a pretty good idea how God's treadmill feels. You'll be sore, broken, and bleeding...praying...pleading to sweet Satan for mercy from the relentless blast of brutality sweeping through your ears and mercilessly raping your dirty gore whore soul!! HAHAHAHA NO. Prepare to be raped again!! And...somehow...it's also fucking awesome.

I suppose what makes this album so fun, and brilliant, is something that in may cases, may be considered a fault. It's so over-the-top, so ridiculous, that it's genius, and helps these songs feel at the very least inhuman. Take for instance track five, "Evil Mastermind". This tune begins with a rapid, machine gun sounding bass drum, which leads into one of the most ridiculous drum solos I have ever heard. And, if you haven't already noticed, the song hasn't even really begun yet. This is just the intro. And, just so you know, Max Kolesne (the drummer on this record and all Krisiun albums) pretty much makes damn-near every drum fill he does feel like that (on this album, at least). Drummers like Pete Sandoval are quick and to the point with their fills...Kolesne prefers to draw them out for a more lasting effect. And I'll be damned if it doesn't work...it adds so much to the frantic, and inhuman vibe this album possesses. Besides, it's not like he doesn't keep his time extremely well, he jumps from 5-second fill, to blast beat, over to thrash beat, through another 5-second fill...without even breaking a sweat (well...it sounds like that!). And before you ask, yes, he has a great, extremely organic sounding kit. There is no triggering, or sampling to be found here, just pure, unadulterated energy.

Another thing I love about this album are the solos. Moyses Kolesne (the guitar player on this album, and all Krisiun albums) has always been well-known for his lead guitar abilities, but on this album, he throws everything he has at the listener with little to no time for melody. However, he still manages to throw in lots of variety. For instance, we have the epic, mind-numbing solos of the chaotic opening track, "Black Force Domain", the annoying yet brilliant "high-pitched telephone ringing directly in your ear" single-guitar solo battle (which pretty much means he keeps on fucking soloing) of "Rejected to Perish Below", and the "this entire song is a fucking guitar solo" melodic interlude named "Infamous Glory" which is way better than any other interlude the band would ever do. However, the man certainly knows how to throw together a few notes and create some ass-kicking riffs as well. Just check out "Hunter of Souls", "Obsession by Evil Force", "Messiah of the Double Cross", "Meanest Evil"...etc. This album doesn't quite match up to some of the band's later albums as far as riffs are concerned (sadly, no "Sentenced Morning" on here...), but that's okay, as this isn't one of the band's most riff-centric albums (which no doubt would be fufilled on the next album, "Apocalyptic Revelation").

Alex Camargo (bassist and death growler for the band on this album and all Krisiun albums), supplies what may be one of the greatest performances of his career on "Black Force Domain". The sheer passion, energy, and anger in his voice is just unbelievable...also, he doesn't try any of those awful higher-pitched growls here (except for in the covers of Sodom's "Nuclear Winter" and Kreator's "Total Death", both of which are expertly done as well). I personally think he sounds best when he chants the title of the song. BLACK! FORCE! DOMAIN! BLACK! FORCE! DOMAIN!...SAC-RI-FICE!! OF THE UNBORN!!!...EVIL MASTERMIND!!! AN EVIL MASTERMIND!!!!! Okay, I'll stop. While not as obvious, his bass guitar also has a ridiculously thick, distorted tone that, while quiet, has a great tone which fits exceptionally well with the music (bands like Unleashed, Morbid Angel, etc, should learn from this!), though I can't help but wish it was louder!

Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to this album. On one hand, the song-writing is often so extreme that it doesn't produce very memorable tunes (though they are all still great, so no worries), and the extremely raw production of this album no doubt leads many of it's riffs to be cast into oblivion...hopeless static overtop raging blast beats and evil death grunts...but so what? They obviously weren't centerpieces of the song...but still, a clearer guitar tone would have been nicer and no doubt helped songs like "Rejected to Perish Below" or "Blind Possession" become more thoroughly memorable. But oh well! You can't win them all! Finally, this album is often just too extreme for it's own good. While the whole thing is awesome, and no doubt one of...fuck it...and no doubt the best Krisiun album, the music is so raw, so extreme, so soul-crushingly brutal, that my wimpy ears can't always take this kind of relentless, boundaryless, gore-obsessed machine of human suffering weighing down upon them. Instead, I'll just pussy out and play one of the band's later, more varied works, such as the absolute war machine of an album known as "Southern Storm".

This is an absolutely essential album in the collection of all death metal fanatics. If you enjoy brutal, bestial black metal (or war metal) influences in your death metal, go buy this CD and never look back. The best songs are "Obsession by Evil Force", "Black Force Domain", and "Hunter of Souls". See you all in hell!