Interview With Max Kolesne of Krisiun
Interview By Lord of the Wasteland
Death metal was at its lowest point in the mid-1990s but out of the ashes came the
Brazilian metal monsters, Krisiun. The band is comprised of 3 brothers: Alex Camargo
(bass/vocals), Moyses Kolesne (guitars) and Max Kolesne (drums). Their music is loud, fast
and relentlessly brutal. Krisiuns latest CD, entitled WORKS OF CARNAGE, is arguably
their best album yet. I spoke with Max Kolesne from their tour bus somewhere in Ohio, as
the band was traveling to Florida between gigs. He offered up his insights on the new
album and tour with Deicide, the state of the Brazilian metal scene and he also had a
great road story.
The new album, WORKS OF CARNAGE, has been out for a few weeks now and it is one of
the best CDs I have heard this year.
How did you come up with the album title?
We are inspired by a lot of the bloodshed and the wars
the things that have been
happening in the world in humankind history. The carnage, you know? We want to get some
lyrics to fit our music. Something brutal. Our music is brutal so we have to talk about
wars, tyranny, conquerors
things like that. Weve been doing this for 12 or 13
years and fighting and struggling for death metal and keeping true to our roots, our
music. We always try to deliver to our fans brutal death metal music.
The new album has got a really cool cover, too. Why didnt you use Joe Petagno,
who did CONQUERORS OF ARMAGEDDON and AGELESS VENOMOUS, this time?
We used a Polish guy. His name is Jacek Wisniewski. He did covers for Vader and some
other bands, too. He got really inspired by the Joe Petagno work on the AGELESS VENOMOUS
cover with the serpents and the Armageddon going on. He wanted to keep the same theme.
I thought they looked similar.
The production seems a little better on WORKS OF CARNAGE than AGELESS VENOMOUS. Did
you try for a different sound after getting so much criticism towards the last album?
Yeah, we tried to get heavier production. More guitars, more bass. We were trying to
get a similar sound to what we have in a live show. More brutal, more aggressive. The
drums sound more natural. You can hear whats going on. When we did AGELESS VENOMOUS,
we tried something different than what we did on CONQUERORS OF ARMAGEDDON. I know a lot of
people didnt like it. They think it was too clean or the drums were too clicky. It
came out that way for some reason.
The new songs seem a lot shorter, too.
We were trying to do something more straightforward and more aggressive. We got the
band together to start jamming and Moyses showed up with lots of riffs. Once we got
everything together, it all came naturally, you know? It was more like a jam session.
Thats just the way they came out.
How long did you spend in the studio recording?
It was a short time. Maybe 20 days or something. It was really quick. We spent a lot of
time practicing before we went in the studio. Usually well practice 4 hours a day
and try to play the songs as tight as we can so when we go to the studio, we feel really
confident. That way, we dont have to record the same song 5 or 6 times. Sometimes it
takes just one take to record the drums, bass, guitars or vocals. Alex did the vocals in,
like, 2 days! Some guys take 2 weeks to record vocals because they cant sing! We
were really ready to do this album. Then Pierre (Remillard, producer) mixed the album at
his studio in Canada. We did a pre-mix in Brazil and then he took the tapes to his own
studio. He did the final mix and the mastering and the rest there.
The intro to Thorns of Heaven is repeated again as the
Outro. Is there a concept to this album?
Pierre came up with the intro to that and the Outro. He did that by
himself. Its kind of a creepy sound.
It sounds great on headphones, too. Its got an industrial feel to it.
Cool, man. Thanks! Yeah, its something like that. Its supposed to be the
sound of Armageddon, you know? Weird, creepy noises.
The band does a great version of Venoms In League With Satan on
the album. What made you choose that song to cover?
We are big fans of Venom. We grew up listening to all those classic old metal bands
like Venom, Slayer, Dark Angel, Black Sabbath, and Motorhead. Sometimes when we practice
and play at home, we used to play In League With Satan just for fun. Moyses
would start playing the riff and I would join in on the drums then Alex would sing. Then
one day, we decided lets play it in the live show and then we recorded it for the album.
In the past, youve covered song by Sodom, Kreator, Morbid Angel and Slayer.
Who else would you like to pay respect to with a cover of their songs?
Id like to do Motorhead or an old Black Sabbath song from the first album or some
of their old shit. In the future, I think were going to do one of their songs.
Any one in particular?
Maybe Symptom Of The Universe. One of their old, evil songs.
The song Black Sabbath would be interesting for you guys to do because
it is so much slower than the music you play.
Yeah! They have a lot of great songs. Its hard to pick one. Well have to
spend some time thinking about it. They are the creators of metal in my opinion. They were
the first band to really play metal. They had all their influence from jazz and blues
bands, Jimi Hendrix
all those. Godfathers of rock n roll!
WORKS OF CARNAGE features 3 instrumental tracks and AGELESS VENOMOUS had two. Is
there a reason you put so many instrumentals on your albums?
We like to play them. Like I said before, it was all natural the way it comes out. We
have this song on the new album called War Ritual
That song actually SOUNDS like war (laughs)! The drums sound like machine guns
Yeah! We tried to make it sound like that. The guitar, the noise, the drums playing
some kind of machine gun. Then we have Shadows, which is a darker
more different. The next album will have an instrumental but it will
be totally different from what we did on WORKS OF CARNAGE.
On the CD, there is a CD-ROM track with the video for Murderer. Great
video!! Where did you film it?
It was done by a company called Firma Filmes and we went to a very old house that was
totally fucked up. We got inside this place and had the gear and the lights all set up.
The people who did the video were really professional guys. They had art
really professional. The place was really scary. A big abandoned, old house
in downtown Sao Paulo.
Will there be any more videos done for the album?
Yeah, maybe. We might do one more. It depends how things go with the album.
In the liner notes of the CD, the band has dedicated WORKS OF CARNAGE to Altemir
Souza. Who was he?
He used to play guitar for us in 1990 to 1992. He was the rhythm guitarist. We had a
second guitarist in the beginning. Not in the VERY beginning. That was just the 3 of us.
But after 1 or 2 years, we decided to have one more guy playing the rhythm guitar. That
ended up being Altemir. He was a really good friend of ours, like a brother. He quit the
band because he didnt have the same passion we had for the music and for the band so
it was good decision for him to leave but we still kept in touch. He died in a motorcycle
accident a year and a half ago, so we dedicated this album to him.
Would you consider bring a 4th member back into the band again. Maybe a second
guitarist or a bassist to let Alex concentrate on vocals?
No, I dont think so. Alex has improved a lot as a bass player. His bass guitar
has a much heavier sound now and you can hear that on the album. Its really up
front. We prefer to stay as a three-piece. The 3 of us have been struggling together for
13 years so its better to keep things like this.
I read in an interview from this year with Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles that
Devin Townsend from Strapping Young Lad was interested in producing the album. What
happened with him?
He was really busy doing a tour or producing some other band. We really wanted Pierre.
We liked the productions he did. He did Anvils PLENTY OF POWER album, which is great
production in my opinion. Its totally different music from us. They play real heavy
metal but in a totally different way. Ive known this band since the beginning of the
Theyre a Canadian band, too!
Metal On Metal. They are a great metal band. They never rip off.
They are always true to real metal and we wanted to have something similar to that kind of
production. The drums sound really natural. The guitars and drums are right up there. We
wanted to do something different from AGELESS VENOMOUS and from most death metal bands. We
wanted to have old school production like DARKNESS DESCENDS (Dark Angel) or
REIGN IN BLOOD (Slayer). Something similar to that. He did a really good job and hes
a good guy. Really professional.
Speaking of Devin Townsend, Krisiun just did the New Jersey Metal & Hardcore
Fest with Strapping Young Lad as well as Morbid Angel, Nile, Dimmu Borgir, Nevermore, Type
O Negative, Superjoint Ritual and Children of Bodom. There were a lot of really great,
diverse bands on that bill. How did it go?
It went really great, man. We met the great Gene Hoglan and talked to him, had some
beers together. Hes a really cool guy. Really knows his shit.
It must have been great for you, as a drummer and as a fan, to talk to someone like
Hes the fucking king, man!
Hes a big guy, too (laughs)!
YEAH!! Hes a big motherfucker (laughs). Gene Hoglan fucking rules, man!
Youre just finishing up the tour with Deicide, Hate Eternal and Cattle
Decapitation on Tuesday. How has it been playing with those guys?
We still have 2 shows ahead in Florida with Hate Eternal and Cattle Decapitation.
Decide isnt playing. They played in Florida already this year so theyre
playing somewhere else in the U.S. They finished the tour 2 days ago but were going
to make these shows in Florida with hate Eternal and Cattle Decapitation.
Deicide have a new album out in February of 2004. Have they been playing any songs
from that album on this tour?
No. Actually when they are doing soundcheck, they are playing a new song. It sounds
it sounds brutal, man! I think their new album is going to be real killer.
Much better than the last one they released. I think they are coming for revenge. A lot of
people were talking shit about Deicide, saying their album sucked and they werent
the same anymore. Now its time for them to come back with revenge.
When their bus broke down on the way to Montreal last week, the bands all did longer
sets to compensate.
Yeah we did a 40 or 45-minute set. When we played with Deicide, we had half an hour but
since Deicide wasnt playing, we had longer. We played some old songs and some new
After Florida, whats next for the bands tour schedule?
Well, we go back and make a few shows in South America. Were going to play in
Chile and Colombia and two shows in Brazil, as well. Next year we are heading to Europe.
Were doing a long tour all over Europe. England, Germany
all those places. Then
hopefully well be back in the U.S. for another tour. This tour was kind of
only 25 shows. The album was just released a month ago so were still
looking forward to one more tour for WORKS OF CARNAGE.
I hope you get a chance to come out to the west coast. I live in Vancouver in Canada
and we had some problems when you were here in March 2002 with Dimmu Borgir
and Cryptopsy (laughs)!
Yeah. I really hope someone can book a show for us there. The last time we were
supposed to play there, we had all these problems with the local promoter. He didnt
have the gear. Did Dimmu Borgir even play?
They played for about 20 minutes because the show had to be over by 10:30 to let the
club kids in.
(Laughs) Thats right. Cryptopsy played without the PA! They only had the kicks
and the vocals on the PA. It was awful, man (laughs).
When I heard the venue that was chosen, for that show, I thought,
WHAT?!?!. Its a dance club for ravers every other night and it was full
of metalheads that night!
Next time, man! We really hope to get back to Vancouver and do a really killer show and
drink some beer and smoke some bud with our friends there.
How does the band stay healthy and focused with such a demanding tour schedule?
We have to be well fed and sleep well. Sometimes its really hard to have a good
nights sleep because every time the bus moves
we only get 4 or 5 hours sleep.
Thats the way it goes. We really like to be on the road and play every day. After
every show, we drink beer and smoke weed with the local metal people and have a good time.
Thats the best way to stay on the road
have fun and play some death metal!
What is the most memorable gig youve ever played?
its hard to say. After so many good shows
We did a show at
Wacken in Germany for 40,000 people that was great. We did a show in Brazil at a big
festival and we were the only extreme metal band playing there. There was more than 50,000
people in the place and we had a fuckin great response! That was amazing. The shows
we did with Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, of course were never gonna forget it. So
many good shows, so many good places. Japan, Europe
its really hard to pick one
and say thats the best. Sometimes well play for, like, 100 people and the show
is fuckin great, its fuckin amazing. Just the energy of the crowd.
Sometimes well play in very small places and we just love it!
The guys in Behemoth told us a road story where you got into a fight at a bar in
YEAH! We had a fight there, a very stupid fight. We had some chicks and one guy was
really pissed about it. Maybe he was trying to get the chick or something but he started
talking shit to Alex in Polish. We dont understand Polish so it was just Blah
blah blah blah blah
and he tried to pick a fight with Alex. Alex ended up
kicking this guys ass! Then the security guards were friends of those guys. It was
just a big mess. We were all drunk and we punched those guys
it was really fucked up,
As long as you won (laughs)?
We kind of won the fight. They were all big security guys and strong but kind of slow.
I dont like this fighting shit, though. Beating the shit out of people really sucks
with all the negative energy going on. What goes around comes around, so we try to avoid
all the shit but it wasnt possible because the guy just started fighting with Alex
and he had to react.
Any other good stories come to mind?
I remember we were playing in Germany and this local guy was complaining that the music
was too loud. This guy was really tall and he turned down the whole PA sound. Our sound
guy is really short and he ended up kicking this guys ass! It was really funny
because the really tall German guy called the cops and the cops were like,
Whos the guy? When they saw the sound guy, they were laughing about it
The band has a live DVD coming out next year called LIVE ARMAGEDDON. Will it just be
one live show or clips from a bunch of different ones?
No its going to be a few shows from the AGELESS VENOMOUS tour and some new shows
we are recording on this tour. We did a show in Los Angeles and they recorded the show.
Were going to tape the show in Brazil and were going to add this to the DVD.
There will be scenes of us recording WORKS OF CARNAGE, some backstage scenes. Its
going to be some good material for the fans.
Will there be a live CD as well, or just the DVD?
I think just the DVD.
Whats happening in the Brazilian metal scene right now? Sepultura, Krisiun,
Angra, Horned God, Rebaelliun all came out of Brazil. Are there any new bands that we
should watch out for?
There are a lot of good new bands coming out of Brazil. There is one band called
Nephasth. They are really good, I dont know if you have heard of them. Their album
was released in Europe but I dont know about the U.S. Theres another band
called Torture Squad, too. Theyre all good bands that are trying to do their own
shit, you know? There are so many copies in Brazil. Bands who are trying to sound like
someone else, which is a waste of talent.
A lot bands try to sound like you, too!
some bands just try to sound like us. Whatever. Its all right to have
an influence but trying to rape other bands stuff is not good.
Are Krisiun as popular in Brazil as you are in the rest of the world?
We do lots of shows and draw lots of people in Brazil. We have a good name in the metal
scene. We are maybe the biggest extreme metal band in Brazil right now. Weve been
struggling and fighting for a long time. We have 5 albums out now and were growing
step by step, little by little. We want to build up a solid following.
Outside of Brazil, which country is the most enthusiastic when you play there?
Its hard to say. Every city has a different metal scene. Some parts of the U.S.
arent the good and some are great. California is always fuckin killer. Same as
in Europe. We play in some cities and there arent many people but others are packed.
Do you think being from Brazil helped or hindered you from making it big earlier?
I dont think it matters where you come from. You have to do something original
and have your own personality and fight really hard for what you believe. You can never
give up. Thats the only thing that really matters. There are so many bands these
days trying to get a record deal or book shows. Youve got have a lot of passion, a
lot of dedication. You have to dedicate 100% to your music and your band.
What does the bands name mean?
Krisiun is the deepest crater on the moon. In Latin, it means sea of
Who is the main lyricist in the band?
On WORKS OF CARNAGE, Alex wrote all the lyrics. He spent some time on the lyrics while
Moyses and I worked on the structure of the songs.
Alex did an interview with Metal Rules back in 2002 and he said that UNMERCIFUL
ORDER might get released on CD. Have you decided whether or not you will definitely be
releasing it or not yet?
No, we havent decided yet. We might release it with some re-recorded songs or
some live songs.
What types of music does the band listen to?
We listen to Black Sabbath, Motorhead, REIGN IN BLOOD, DARKNESS DESCENDS, old Razor
like VIOLENT RESTITUTION. All those classic metal bands. We listen to jazz, some blues.
Not just all metal. We dont listen to crappy pop music or nu-metal. None of this
kind of shit.
So there are no Britney Spears CDs that get cranked on the bus (laughs)?
(Laughs) No man
come on! No way!
Besides Gene Hoglan, who are some of the other musical influences in your drumming?
My main influences are Dave Lombardo, Pete Sandoval and Gene Hoglan. Some other guys,
too. Some jazz drummers. Guys who Ive picked up things from and try to put to our
What is it like working with family? Do you guys fight a lot or are things pretty
We fight and argue sometimes but five minutes later, were friends again. We are
each others best friends. We have a fight and then we just forget about it.
Thats the good thing about being brothers. We arent going to split up for a
stupid reason. Fights start over small things and then the band splits up just because of
that, so we try to put those things aside and have a good relationship.
How many more CDs are left in Krisiun? Do you see yourselves still doing this in 5
years? 10 years?
Much more than that, man! I believe we can play for much more than 10 years. As I get
older, it gets kind of easier to play this kind of music, I can tell you. When I was 20
years old, I had a hard time playing a one-hour set. Id feel bad, like dying. Now we
have improved our skills and got certain techniques to help us play fast. I think, as we
get older, playing this shit will be no problem for us.
Do you think you can top WORKS OF CARNAGE? Do you have any plans for the next album
Fuck yeah, man! When we get home, well start jamming again and try to do some
more crazy shit. Its definitely going to be really brutal and really fast. 100%
fuckin death metal like we always do.
How many more albums do you have left with Century Media?
Five albums altogether, I think, so two more. We are really happy with them. They are
good people. They really support us and have done a great job so far.
Have any other labels been sniffing around?
If we split with Century Media, then well think about it. There are a few out
there who are interested in working with us but we arent really thinking about it
Does the band have any feelings about the music file sharing and Internet
downloading that has been going on the last few years?
I think its really cool that you can show your music to other people that
arent your fans. You can go there and download the music. They can download one song
and hopefully if they like it, theyre going to buy the CD. I dont know if
its good or bad.
You guys are all heavily tattooed. Do you get most of them done in Brazil or while
youre on the road?
All in Brazil, man. We get them for free because of endorsements. We put the name of
the guys in our CDs so we dont have to pay for it. Chileno did some of our tattoos
so his name is in WORKS OF CARNAGE. Hes actually from Chile. Hes not
Brazilian. Anytime I get the chance to do some more, Im going to.
Since Sepultura has changed their sound so much on the last few albums, do you think
when people think of Brazilian heavy metal, the name Krisiun comes to mind first, instead?
I dont know, man. Every band has to go on their path. Were not trying to be
replacements for Sepultura or anything. They were great and theyre still doing well.
There will be more bands coming from Brazil in the future. Its not just 1 or 2 metal
bands representing the whole metal scene down there. People know, Sepultura. They know
Krisiun, but they also know new bands, too. I know Sepultura has changed their music and I
dont really like the new stuff, but thats just my personal opinion. I know a
lot of people think that. I really like their old shit like SCHIZOPHRENIA and BENEATH THE
REMAINS. They were classics, in my opinion.
What do you think of what Max Cavalera has done with Soulfly?
I dont really dig that, man. I dont know it really well. Ive only
heard a few songs but Im not really into that. I have to hear the whole CD to have
an opinion about it.
Well thanks for talking to me today, Max. Its been a real pleasure. Good luck
with the last few shows on the tour and I hope to see you guys back in Canada again! And
no more fighting (laughs)!!
(Laughs) Thanks a lot, man. I appreciate it.
Band Website: www.krisiun.com.br
Label Website: www.centurymedia.com