Released: 2006, Century Media Records
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
Krisiun, Brazil’s hounds of brutal death metal, unleash their first DVD entitled LIVE ARMAGEDDON with no less than three shows (two full ones with additional footage from a third) for its fans to slog through. Clocking in at just over ninety minutes total, the live footage is of varying degrees and a few standard bonus goodies are thrown in for good measure.
The Polish Metal Mania show from 2004 is plagued with the same problem that every other DVD filmed there does: the TV studio in Katowice just seems like an empty, emotionless chasm that sucks any energy out of the crowds in attendance. It looks real slick (16x9 anamorphic widescreen with multiple cameras), sounds real slick (Dolby Digital 5.1) and the band is firing on all cylinders (“Dawn of Flagellation:” and “Murderer” are like a kick in the face and Moyses Kolesne’s lightning-fast, shredding guitar solos are a treat to watch right up close) but it’s like a ghost town when the cameras pan over the crowd. A smaller club show in the band’s native Sao Paolo fares much better in terms of energy. Certainly less flashy than the Metal Mania show, the Sao Paolo gig more than makes up for it with a longer set and absolutely rabid Brazilian fans. The band runs through a solid cover of Venom’s “In League With Satan” and their own gems “Ageless Venomous,” “Wolfen Tyranny” and “Dawn of Flagellation” really stand out. Max Kolesne shows off with a blasting, double-bass solo that will curl the toes of any extreme metal drum enthusiast. The final live section is a three-song snippet (and third run-through of “Vengeance’s Revelation” here) from the band’s appearance at Wacken 2001. The video is bootleg (at best) quality and the guitars are almost non-existent since the cameraman was apparently a fan positioned at the side of the stage. The feel steak is there but no sizzle.
For extra footage, a twelve-minute clip of the band recording 2003’s WORKS OF CARNAGE is featured and even at such a short length, it gets tedious pretty quickly. Alex Camargo roars along, Moyses sits in a chair and overdubs riffs and solos, while Max beats the hell out of his drums. In addition, the promo video for “Murderer” is here, as well as a detailed biography, full discography, desktop images, weblinks and a photo gallery.
Krisiun is a punishing live act and their music is as devastating live as it is on CD. Unfortunately, LIVE ARMAGEDDON is a mixed bag. The glitzy show lacks any energy and a short burst of poorly-recorded bootleg-quality footage bookend the meat-and-potatoes of the DVD. For that 44-minute period, Krisiun smokes but the rest of this collection is bogged down by more “filler” than “killer.” Interviews would have been a nice touch as would some “vintage” clips but as it is, catch Krisiun on tour or stick with the CDs because LIVE ARMAGEDDON won’t be bowling anyone over.