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Format: Audio CD
Krisiun's 2nd album, Apocalyptic Revelation, is probably one of the most criminally under-appreciated albums in modern death metal. Its completely understandable that, sandwhiched between such "mainstream" classics as the storming "Black Force Domain" and the complex brutality of "Conquerors of Armageddon". However, this album is equally as accomplished and enjoyable to listen to. As a matter of fact, I would declare this to be the best record with which to introduce Krisiun to someone.
First off, the straight-ahead blasting brutality of "Black Force Domain" is still present here. Apocalyptic Revelation can be thought of as a development of what Krisiun offered with BFD: raw blasting brutality, interspersed with moments of chugging piledriver buildups and kill-grooves (see "Aborticide..." and "Meaning of Terror") as well as some quite eerie, almost black metal speed-picking riffs, an aspect of early Krisiun which imo most people overlook. The development comes in the form of a more focused approach to the songwriting and arrangements. Black Force Domain is kind of a sprawling, wild beast spurting out blasphemous grime without reallllly having a consistent focus throughout all the songs; Apocalyptic Revelation is the maturation of this, being more to-the-point and logical in the riff destination. I guess you could say that they KNOW more of what they're trying to accomplish; there is less extraneous material.
But this also points to where they went with Conquerors, because you can see the band sort of awakening to their own power and potential, sort of like "Oh! We can do THIS, and if we do this riff then we can do THAT, and it would go into THIS and then we can come back to THAT" etc etc. They're realizing the command they have over their instruments and the music itself. By having a greater command and understanding of the dynamics of musical flow, they're able to expand their arrangements without incorporating unnecessary filler sections.
However, as good as this album is, there are a few detracting points. First off, the guitars are pretty muddy. For an album with such good production, the guitar tone is just very murky. You kind of have to struggle to make out the riffs, but this is actually kind of cool because you end up appreciating the bass guitar which is more visible. Instead of "hearing" the melody and harmonic movement, you kind of "feel" it. Its kind of like a vibration underneath the rythmic pounding, which is an interesting experience when trying to analyze the music.
The other thing is that theres a little less variety in the music; it almost seems like they kind of wanted to put out another exclamation-point of an album to bludgeon their listeners. Some people may love it, some people may be turned off by it. This is kind of tied in with the production, because the variety that IS there is kind of obscured, or smoothed over. You have to listen to it a few times before you really start understanding "oh, yeah... they are doing more than just blastbeating". However, this characteristic makes the few blatant diversions much more effective. Its why songs like "Kings of Killing," "Meaning of Terror," and "Aborticide (In The Crypts of Holiness)" are able to stand out from the rest, as well as the wonderful instrumental metal tune "March of the Black Hordes".
All in all, though, this is a great record, and one which CLEARLY deserves much more praise. I mean, "Meaning of Terror" may be the most brutal and bare-bones 2 minutes of death metal since Morbid Angel's "Day of Suffering". Nothing compares to the slamming build-up and thrash-kill groove of that song.
So, in some ways, this is truly their "Blessed Are The Sick" or "Breeding the Spawn": the 2nd album by a band whose 1st and 3rd releases generally garner the most attention (Altars of Madness/Covenant for Morbid Angel and Effigy of the Forgotten/Pierced From Within for Suffocation).
Easily a solid 90, and an album with which you undeniably should familiarize yourself with if you like Krisiun, Morbid Angel, Deicide or death metal in general.