Distributor/label: Apostasy Records
Released: 11/04/2014 (GSA) | 14/04/2014 (UK / Rest Europe) | 06/05/2014 (North America)
Buy Album: http://www.apostasy.de
Band Website: http://www.crisixband.com/ http://www.facebook.com/CrisixUT
Javi Carrión – Drums
Albert Requena – Guitars
Marc Busqué “Busi” – Guitars
Julián Baz – Vocals
Dani Ramis – Bass
01 – I.Y.F.F.
02 – Rise…Then Rest
03 – Bring ’em to the Pit
04 – Those Voices Shall Remain
05 – One by One
06 – Frieza the Tyrant
07 – Seven
08 – Army of Darkness
09 – Volcano Face
10 – Scars of the Wolf
11 – Waldi Gang
12 – Ace of Spades (Unreleased Bonus Track)
Thrash metallers Crisix of Barcelona have had a pretty impressive rise to notoriety, purely based upon the numerous awards they have won in their home country and the fact that Hate Eternal frontman, Erik Rutan, mixed and mastered their second and latest album, ‘Rise…Then Rest’, which is the focus of this review.
Opening track, I.Y.F.F (In your Fucking Face!) is well and truly in your face, kicking off with a chorus of brutally bellowed “In your fucking face!” which instantly sets you up for some rough and ready, no frills thrash. The somewhat unpredictable shifts in time signature keeps the track fresh and interesting and the melodic guitar solo section adds a twist to a track that would have otherwise ran the risk of being too typical and generic of the trash metal sub-genre.
Title track ‘Rise…Then Rest’ wouldn’t sound out of place on a Municipal Waste record (if it wasn’t for the exuberant roughness of Julian’s vocals!), which is definitely not a bad thing. It upholds the same amount of confident, no-holds-barred attitude that ‘I.Y.F.F’ began, and is once again full of variation and quirky rhythmic flair.
‘Bring ‘em to the Pit’ features some comedic narrative, characteristically typical of thrash (if it wasn’t for the Spanish twang, you would be forgiven for mistaking the voice for Dave Mustaine a la ‘Sweating Bullets’) which breaks up the testosterone- fuelled angst a little and reminds you that this band do have a good sense of humour. Probably not the strongest track on the album, but at this point there is still some way to go.
Moving on to ‘Those Voices shall Remain’ and it is mostly underwhelming. The mixed bag of lolloping-then-structured guitar solos from Albert and Marc help to redeem the track somewhat, but overall it is a track that can be skipped and not greatly missed.
‘One by One’ is a little darker and communicates a more serious vibe to the listener, which accurately reflects the theme of the lyrics (‘Stand up! Fight for your rights, don’t fear men in uniforms, so brave under weapons
destroyers of freedom!’ being the opening lines) and is mildly enjoyable to absorb, but again it isn’t anything particularly outstanding. At this point I am growing a little tired of the harmonic guitar solo technique; I think it has been used on nearly every track on the album up to this point…?
Just when I was about to give up a little on this album, ‘Frieza The tyrant’ pops up and takes me by surprise; the serenity of the way this track opens, with gentle strums of near- clean guitars that echo and bounce from ear to ear which is then taken up a notch by distortion and the rest of the band joining in is contrasted by a shift in time signature, galloping rhythm then Julian’s unmistakeable whining vocals kick in to tell the story of Frieza the Tyrant, no less. It continues to be varied and intricate enough to hold your attention throughout and is certainly in the top three of the best tracks of the album…. So far.
Although I enjoy the idea of next track, ‘Seven’ (as in the seven deadly sins), the execution isn’t quite as appealing. It tends to plod along, going through the (rather predictable) motions and lacking in any real standout, exceptional moments of musical genius. The guitar solo harmonies are back too. Great.
‘Army of Darkness’ portrays quite a fun and cheeky feel, with Julian cackling before jumping into full vocal swing and Javi on drums reflecting the militant theme via the marching rhythm he knocks out. It is a fairly straightforward track with just a sprinkling of diversity but the redeeming factor is that tongue-in-cheek, bouncy vibe.
Dani on bass kicks off next track ‘Volcano Face’ with a groovy- blues bassline, which is rapidly followed by the rest of the gang. The light-hearted theme is continues on this track with intermittent squeals, bellows and menacing whispers from Julian, then halfway through it strips back to bear basics with a clean guitar riff before swinging into action again. ‘Volcano Face’ certainly keeps you on your toes. Another sure- fire contender for one of the top three tracks.
‘Scars of the Wolf’ has a decent groove to it, and Dani gets to have a few moments in the limelight by a few of his funky bass lines being exposed. However it isn’t particularly outstanding and I get the feeling that I have heard the predictable riffs and drum rhythms far too often before.
Final track ‘Waldi Gang’ starts off promising but it soon slips back into being a fairly predictable thrash number except for the snippet of a harmonica solo, which because of its brief featuring, just ends up sounding out of place.
Finishing off this edition of the album is their cover of Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’…. Nothing much can be said of this, it is a straight forward cover that doesn’t stray too far away from the original apart form a few guitar riff alterations in certain sections.
Overall, Crisix’s second full- length offering is pleasing, technically solid and easy to listen to but expect for a few outstanding tracks, they do not exactly offer anything new to the Thrash Metal genre. There is no denying that they do what they do to a pretty high standard, and I have no doubt they would be an absolute blast to see live, but as has been previously mentioned, they are not challenging the genre or trying to build upon or encourage its evolution.