Krisiun – Scourge Of The Enthroned album review

Brazil’s longest-serving death metal band Krisiun still mean business with Scourge Of The Enthroned

Krisiun album cover

Why you can trust Louder Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Scourge Of The Enthroned

Krisiun album cover

1. Scourge Of The Enthroned
2. Demonic III
3. Devouring Faith
4. Slay The Prophet
5. A Thousand Graves
6. Electricide
7. Abysmal Misery (Foretold Destiny)
8. Whirlwind Of Immortality

Buy from Amazon (opens in new tab)

The last time we heard from this Brazilian powerhouse, they seemed to be experiencing something of a mid-career crisis. Krisiun have always been a band you can rely on for ultra-tight, lightning-fast death metal, but 2015’s hour-long Forged In Fury found the trio dropping the pace and experimenting with slower, chuggier passages. It wasn’t a bad record by any means, just a strangely uninspiring one given what the band were capable of.

For their latest, however, Krisiun have returned to their roots and treated us to half an hour of feral, no-nonsense death metal. The opening title track may kick things off with a cumbersome, deliciously doom-laden slow section, but it isn’t long before the trio blast into overdrive, hitting a furious tempo that they maintain for the rest of the record. Demonic Three may as well be a description of the band itself, and with its relentless blasts, crunchy, razor-sharp guitar sound and wailing Slayer-esque solos, it’s a perfect encapsulation of their sound and a firm reminder of what made this band so great in the first place – there’s even a cheeky nod to debut Black Force Domain here for the diehards.

Make no mistake, though: this isn’t the sound of a band merely trying to recapture former glories. Having kept the same line-up for close to three decades, Krisiun have arguably never sounded tighter, striking with ruthless precision on songs like Electricide whilst riding convulsing, off-kilter rhythms that would surely sound awkward in the hands of a lesser act.

Scourge Of The Enthroned probably won’t topple fan-favourite Conquerors Of Armageddon as the ultimate Krisiun album, but it’s easily their most exhilarating and brutal opus since 2008’s Southern Storm and serves as a gleefully extended middle finger to any fairweather fans who were willing to put them out to pasture after the last record. Welcome back, lads!