Band of brothers
Krisiun is everything you would expect from a death metal band from Brazil, powerful, in your face, raw and have tons of energy in the studio and live. They keep the name of the metal legacy from Brazil real high and they managed to establish themselves as one of the most respected true death metal bands. With ten fast and brutal sounding albums and live presence, this trio of brothers from Rio Grande has conquered the death metal scene. It has been 2 years already since their latest release ‘Forged in Fury’ (2015, Century Media) and we can’t wait for the new material to be released hopefully sometime next year. We met with Krisiun during their tour with Dark Funeral to chat about music, Brazil and what’s next for the band.
HMA: It has been nearly 2 years since your latest album ‘Forged in Fury’ do you have any new material and planning on releasing a new album?
Alex Camargo: We’ve already got a little something, a few ideas, but the plan is right after this tour to start working on it, get on it. We’re thinking about it, we’re already planning it, but as far as complete songs, we don’t really have it yet. We’ve got ideas, a few briefs, and as soon as we’re done with this tour we’re going to get on it.
HMA: On the next record which musical direction you are going to take?
AC: I can’t really tell. We’re kind of thinking about keeping it going in the same style but maybe a little faster on the next album. So many people are complaining that we need more speed, but we’re trying to keep a balance. Of course, there will be heavier songs, like mid-tempo songs, but we’re like, let’s bring something really fast back like in the old days. It’s just a few ideas that we’ve been discussing, and I will definitely say it’s going to be a bit faster.
HMA: You guys are three brothers, how did you get into metal? Did all 3 of you got into metal or did one of you influence the others?
AC: Yeah, it is a brother thing. We have an older brother which is not a musician, but he was into metal back in the day, and he introduced us to metal. He was into AC/DC and Judas Priest, early heavy metal bands. There were high school friends, too. I remember we had this high school and played the guitar. That was it. It was back in the day, an older brother, and some friends in high school.
HMA: Are you three close together? And how is it to pay with your brothers is it easier or more difficult since you know each other so well?
AC: I’ll say it’s a good thing. I’m proud of my brothers and we’re there for each other all of the time. It also concerns the music. We respect each other, we know we’ve been working hard and none of us ever thought about turning our backs on each other. Of course, like you said, there are a lot of arguments sometimes like all of the brothers out there. It’s like when you get close to somebody else it’ll be like – also good times. We play, and then after the show – especially if the show is good – we go for a drink, we hang out. So I would say it’s a good thing. After touring when we go home, of course, we don’t stick up to each other all of the time. We’ve got to take some time apart, of course. We go home and I’ll be away from them for a few weeks.
HMA: Which bands have been your biggest influence musically when you started?
AC: As a metalhead, I think it was ACDC. As a musician, I’ll say, you know, when we started up, we had metal bands, and then there was like thrash metal bands, black death metal bands. It was Slayer for everything. Slayer, Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse. It was the death metal wave of bands that did really caught me right away.
HMA: Are you involved in the artwork of your albums? What is the process behind the artwork?
AC: Usually we sent the guys our lyrics. Sometimes we are more involved. Some other times – sometimes the guy will bring something already done like the latest album, Joe Petagno, the legendary Petagno, the one that has drawn stuff for Motorhead and other artists. We sent him just a few lyrics and he sent the thing done and we loved it.
HMA: Why do you think there are so many brutal sounding bands coming out from Brazil? Do you think it reflects the problem in society?
AC: It is one of the reasons for sure. Most of these kids, I don’t know. You mentioned Sepultura. Things were kind of different. It was like more of a hard way of living, a hard way to get instruments or a decent place to play or a decent place to rehearse. Everything was just harder for a third world country. One of the reasons – I don’t know – everything else, like the maybe the difference between the jungle and the skyscrapers. Definitely, I think one of the reasons is from a third world country, you see things in a different perspective and you put it all in music. It was more like an inner thing. You’re not going to be a hateful guy when you reach a certain age, but you still see things. You want to talk about things, you want to play hard. That’s pretty much it.
HMA: You have played and been in the death metal scene for nearly 30 years, what do you think has changed and is it evolving for the better or the worse?
AC: I think there were fewer bands back then. There are so many bands these days. Some of them are really good and some of them have just taken elements from death metal music with hardcore and hip hop and all of that crazy stuff. In that perspective, you see things, and that’s not my thing, you know? I mean, I don’t judge it; you want to do things the way you want. I just don’t dig it, I don’t really like this. Too modern, too edited. The CDs are sounding like too edited, too programmed. You can fix things on a computer. I’m more like an old-school guy. I like some of the newer bands, but I’m more into early Morbid Angel, Queensrÿche, Cannibal Corpse, or old Slayer.
HMA: Do you actually follow the underground death metal bands in Brazil?
AC: Yeah, there are a couple of new good bands. Exterminate, it’s a new band, and they’re good, they are pretty brutal. A few of the bands kept it going. It’s something that’s still rolling. I would say we’re doing pretty well. A few newer bands seem like they’re doing good also. So many shows are good, so many shows are bad and some get rowdy, but they’re still alive and strong.
HMA: You’re much respected in the death metal scene. I’ve heard that for example, Entombed say that you’re one of their inspirations, how does that feel?
AC: That’s great. It’s one of the biggest accomplishments for me. When we started we had them as an inspiration like Entombed, Unleashed, and some of those great bands from the early Swedish death metal. They were great. Nowadays we’re friends. That’s one of the biggest accomplishments for us. Back in the day, you listen to a band, you support a band, and then after some years you tour together and having a good time.
HMA: Where are you touring next?
AC: We already have some festivals booked for next year. I think we’re playing at Hellfest. The first semester of next year, we’re going to work on a new album, work on new songs. We’re not going to any long tour for the next few months. We’re going to go home, get back home and start working on a new album after all the festivals
Interview by Manuela Mattera – Copyright 2016 © Heavy Music Artwork. All rights reserved.