in 1990 by three brothers, vocalist / bassist Alex Carmargo, guitarist
Moyses Kolesne and drummer Max Kolesne. The band is heavily influenced
by the debut albums of Sodom, Kreator, Morbid Angel and Slayer.
Their violent lyrics and very fast
musical tempo makes them one of the most eminent "extreme death metal"
bands in the world today. In 1994 the band released the
EP. With this release
established the band as a cult act, and that status was further
confirmed by the release of their debut album ‘Black Force Domain’ in
1995. The following albums continued to improve their brutal and
uncompromising approach to death metal.
April-May 2008, the band recorded their new album ‘Southern Storm‘ in
the Stage One Studios in Germany. The production was done by Andy
Classen who had worked with the Brazilians on the album ‘Conquerors of
Armageddon’ (2000) and ‘AssassiNation’ (2006).
Over the past years KRISIUN have earned a
legendary worldwide reputation due to their constant touring activities,
and they have been lauded with the highest praise and respect ever since
their beginnings in 1990. After the much-lauded predecessor
“AssassiNation” (2006), ‘Southern Storm’ continues in the sonic
tradition the band’s rabid fan-base has loved since day one: ferocious
high-speed blasting, infectious double bass-driven grooves, razor-sharp
ripping, devastating leads and a unique feel for combining catchiness
with sheer perfect technicality.
In the field of death metal you will hardly find a band
today as consistent and stable in terms of quality and conviction as
KRISIUN, successfully ignoring trends and fads. Since the beginning
this unholy trio has made sure that metal will never die!
The new album ‘Southern
Storm’ has recently been released,
and so Metal-experience had a chat with drummer Max Kolesne. Here you
can read what he had to say.
First of all, how are you?
Good, thanks for talking with me about the new album.
How did you launch into writing the material for
‘Southern Storm’ after your previous album?
We started in November last year and it took us about
four months to write the album. Right when we got back from the tour we
all started at the same time. So we had some ideas and we started
putting them together as soon as we got home.
Did ideas come easily so that you just had to write them
down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
Yes, this way of writing works really well, 3 minds
together, jamming and trying out songs is the best way for us. Also we
try to write down and remember parts of songs or riffs and stuff so we
can put it all together later on.
What were the goals you had in mind when you started to
record ‘Southern Storm’, did you have a certain idea of what you wanted
to do, any elements you definitely wanted to have on the album?
No, we always try to make a better album than the
previous one! Like everybody you want to make something better and more
brutal and refreshing. We never give up our roots, that’s always going
to be there. We think you have to stay close to the roots and make some
small changes every time!!
How hard was it to come up with a follow-up for the well
received album ‘AssassiNation’?
When you start the first days of writing it’s really
hard. You need to start doing it and as soon as the first few songs and
ideas are there, the rest comes more or less naturally. We tried to
compare the albums to make this one more to the point, more forward.
What do you think are the main differences between your
last album ´Southern Storm’ and the new one ‘AssassiNation´?
The album is still hanging on to its roots but we tried
to refresh it a little and bring in some more and new elements without
changing our sound too much. So the differences are not major but very
delicate and you have to listen to it a few times to figure it out for
Who was responsible for the lyrics and how important is
it to you that people pay attention to the lyrics apart from listening
to the music?
Alex Camargo wrote all the lyrics and some were done by
Moyses Kolesne. The lyrics are about reality and there’s brutal lyrics
about bloody wars and so on. We don’t try to send a message to the
people but we sing about what happens in the world. Talking about facts!
Sometimes we are about holding the hammer and smashing up things. We do
sing violent words and lyrics but what we say is that you have to be
yourself and not follow somebody else!
Can you tell me a little more about the lyrics on the
album and their meaning?
The lyrics are mostly about real life. What is happening
in the world, wars that are going on…and so on. If somebody has bombed
something we will sing about it. We don’t want to send any message at
all. But the lyrics need to be brutal and about the darker things in
life, otherwise they wouldn’t fit into our music.
Could you please describe the implications of the title
‘Southern Storm’, what does it stand for and is there a special meaning
It’s like the storm coming from hell…. South of heaven is
hell…. So it’s up to the people to find their own meaning to this title.
It means 2 things.
How important is it to you that people pay attention to
the lyrics apart from listening to the music?
It’s not that important. People should have their own
mind and we don’t want to send a message, it’s more about the music to
me. We want people to think the music is brutal (with or without the
lyrics). The lyrics are all about what happens or has happened and there
is nothing new in there for people who check the news every once in a
What about the song writing – how can we imagine you work
on new songs? What comes first, lyrics or melodies? Is it like you sit
down and write a new song because you need more material now or do you
wait until you get an idea?
Music always comes first. The drum parts and guitar
riffs. And that’s how we will put a song together. Only when we have the
whole song ready, the lyrics come in. The lyrics always have to go along
with the music so we cannot do it the other way around.
Before an album release there is a process in the studio,
was the recording process for ‘Southern Storm’ different from the rest
of the albums you did and how can we imagine you’ve worked this time?
Actually we did it kind of the same as with ‘AssassiNation’. We were
very satisfied with the last album and when you are pleased with that,
it’s logical to do it the same way again.
The production was done by
by Andy Classen,
what made him the perfect man for this job and are you
satisfied with the result?
We had worked with him before. He helped us open doors
the first time he was involved. After that we tried other people and
other studios but something was missing!! To me Andy is an amazing
producer. He feels our music and knows how it has to sound. Raw and
natural and still brutal. He can give it the balance between old school
and newer elements. We would like to do the next album with him but you
never know what’s going to happen in the future.
In which things/songs on the new album can one clearly
hear his vision and ideas?
I cannot say that you can clearly hear that Andy did the
production, he made it our cd with our sound. He added some newer
elements and put some more old school elements in there to find the
right sound for us. He did a great job!
Are there things from the past that you would have done
differently with Krisiun if you had the chance to do it again?
Of course, but from mistakes you learn a lot! So if you
learn from your mistakes, you will evolve and get better. To me mistakes
are just something to learn from. If the album was perfect, we would be
Have you received any feedback on the new album yet? How
do you feel about this album – are you satisfied with the outcome or
would you have liked to have changed anything in retrospective?
Oh there has been a lot of positive feedback. The bigger
magazines rated us pretty high. In Rockhard magazine we were on 4th
place. So we hope we will get more feedback, as I said before, we learn
Do you have any favorites on ‘Soutern Storm’, songs that
you think are somehow above the others?
Right now it’s really hard to say. We are so satisfied
with the whole album. But one song I really like to listen to is “Whore
of the Unlight”, it goes from slow to fast and has a crazy part with
vocals and guitars in the middle. I really like the vibes in that song.
Maybe in a year I will have more favorites.
Ok, some personal questions to end this interview:
With all the touring and several studio albums under your
belt, how far has Krisiun surpassed your original dreams and what would
you say is the most rewarding part of being in the band?
We always believed that we could do it!!! You have to
have a good attitude about it and never give up. We played every
shithole there is. The first time in Europe was a dream for us. That was
like a dream come true. Showing our music to more people all around the
world. We still have the same passion as in the beginning.
So tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of
things that motivate you in your writing.. Are there any particular
bands that have been a big influence in your song writing, metal or
I listen to Blues a lot, and Indian music. Lots of music
is really inspiring for me. I listen to a lot of crazy different kind of
stuff. Music with roots. So not the stupid poppy trendy shit. Most of
all I listen to metal!!! Motörhead and all the older metal bands.
Is there anything left unmentioned, any last statement?
Thanks for spreading our message!! We are really grateful
to people like you and all the maniacs who come to our shows!! You are
the reason why bands are playing and staying alive.
Okay, thanks for the interview!
Alex Camargo - Bass, Vocals
Moyses Kolesne - Guitar
Max Kolesne - Drums
Altemir Souza – guitar
Mauricio Nogueira – guitar
Unmerciful Order (1994)
Black Force Domain (1995)
Apocalyptic Revelation (1998)
Conquerors of Armageddon (2000)
Ageless Venomous (2001)
Works of Carnage (2003)