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Krisiun stops twice nearby on Destruction tour

Brasil’s Krisiun, one of the hardest working bands in death metal, is on the road again, if they ever even left. (They didn’t.) Krisiun will start a tour  with the almighty German thrashers Destruction on March 14 and will be appearing at two venues within a reasonable driving distance from Baltimore: at Empire in Springfield, Virginia on March 20 and at Mojo 13 in Wilmington, Delaware on March 21.  You will see them with North Carolina’s Widow for the first part of this tour and then they will  be joined by the delightful Exmortus of California for the latter half. You can see all the dates here.

In May 2013, I sat down with Moyses Kolesne before Krisiun played a show at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery. Yes, this interview was conducted nearly a year ago. I have been holding onto it until now, for just such an occasion as this — a new tour– which was bound to happen sooner or later with these guys! Still, I don’t typically like to hold on to an interview this long. We met at The Club Charles and  tried to chat over the sound of the jukebox. Later that night, they tore through their set, which included a good mix of old and newer tracks. I remember that it was immediately after Maryland Deathfest and everyone in attendance at the show was a bit exhausted.

Krisiun formed in 1990 when brothers  Alex Camargo [Vocal/Bass],  Moyses Kolesne [Guitar] and Max Kolesne [Drums] were just teens. Since then, they have steadily  amassed rabidly devoted fans across the world. There are few bands who tour as frequently and who remain as rooted to their musical origins, to their country and to their fanbase as Krisiun.  They are also super humble and down-to-earth people, who are willing to kick back with their fans from the mosh pit, as well as go home once in a while to see their mother. Alex uses his mother’s last name, by the way.

Fangirl photo with Moyses Kolesne.

Fangirl photo with Moyses Kolesne of Krisiun.

In this interview, Moyses discusses what it is like to be in a band for more than 20 years with his brothers and about sticking with their label, Century Media, for just as long. He also talks about their devotion to extreme music and to an organic sound, he reminds me that black metal is older in Brazil than in Norway, and he remembers their big break at the Milwaukee metal fest. There is mention of possibility of a new record in the works and he talks about some of the fests they will play (or now have played) in 2013.

During the interview Moyses said something that I think perfectly sums up the work ethic and humility of Krisiun:

“The people that are are down there in the mosh pit and the ones on stage, they are the same. Both are part of the show. Without each other, they are nothing.”

More people in metal should think this way.  Moyses also offers some inspiration and insight for struggling musicians who are impatient about having to be out on the road and sleeping in vans for years before they find success. After all, he’s been doing it for 20 years so he should know what he is talking about! I hope you enjoy listening to this interview as much as I enjoyed recording it. It begins with me asking Moyses about what it’s like to be in a band with one’s  brothers. Click here to listen.

Don’t miss Krisiun and Destruction out on the road.

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Gorguts tears up Mojo 13 and our second podcast!

I don’t go to Delaware for shows that often. But when you are presented with the option of driving an hour and a half to Springfield, Virginia on a weekday night  or driving on hour and twenty minutes to Wilmington, Delaware on a Saturday night to see Gorguts, you pick Delaware. At least that’s what I do.

Gorguts is a technical death metal band from Quebec. They have been around since 1989, which is probably longer than many of their fans have been alive. My exposure to Gorguts came backhandedly because I listened to the German tech death group Obscura first and then later found out that they took their name from Gorguts album by that name. I felt late to the party.

This week, my podcast partner Derek and I traveled to Delaware to see Gorguts, Sapremia, Pale Existence, Lesch-Nyhan, Nightfire and Alustrium. This week’s podcast talks about that show and the new Gorguts album Colored Sands. Everyone seems to love this album. Find out what we think and then decide for yourself.  You can stream the album here on YouTube for reference. Check out some of the photos I shot in the gallery and leave your comments about what you might like to hear on the podcast in the future.

Here is a list of events we mention in the podcast:

9/11 Iron Man at Cafe 611

9/14 Beelzefuzz at Lallos

9/19 Day of the Beast at  The Sidebar

9/20-22 Stella Natura Fest

9/26 DC Heavymetal.com 4th Anniversary Party

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