Thursday, May 23, 2013

obscurantist death metal: Chapel of Disease (Germany)

Obscurantist death metal appeals to the initiated in a heritage of metal in which the total is bigger than a simple sum of the parts: Venom, Sodom, Destruction, Kreator, Bathory, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Morbid Angel, Possessed, Sarcofago, early Sepultura, etc. It’s not a coincidence that in 2013 the bands that play obscurantist death metal are not recording their first demos, but rather but have been around the block a bit. It is a spirit of profoundly blasphemous death metal, with ancient themes, such as found in the myths of holy books or evil characters in fantasy fiction (books, movies, etc.). It is unscientific, irrational, obscurantist, superstitious on the topics of deities, darkness and evil.
Chapel of Disease (Ger.): “Summoning Black Gods”
If you have ever said something like: “I love dark and evil old death metal” or “I love very early Sodom, Sepultura and Sarcofago” or things along those lines, Chapel of Disease makes music for you. The target audience is exactly you. To show how serious the band is about this matter, consider this: They have a song called “Dead Spheres” whose beginning is a lot more than reminiscent of Sarcofago’s song “Nightmare”: it is actually simply lifted off Sarcofago, straight up, lifted. It is the band putting out the call for those into this type of music.
Let’s you reach a false conclusion, Chapel of Disease is no retro, semi-tribute-like band. I find this album to be outstanding and when I listen to it on headphones, I hear a drummer with a lot of style and personality, a hard hitter; and a vocalist dedicated to the fundamentals of what used to be called “dark and evil underground metal” and turns in a wonderful performance, in that sense. One more thing, these hard-driving riffs are rough around the edges, as they should be, but ridiculously effective. Whether you like “war metal,” “black thrash,” the heaviness of Incantation and Immolation, classic black metal, as well as Possessed and classic Dark Angel, I would say that there is something here, made especially for you.
Chapel of Disease has essentially read your mind. They do not necessarily sound like those bands, but they have certain elements for sure, be it hooks or just an ancient feel.

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