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Boasting a multitude of sins!!!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Choronzon (Audio CD)
This is whats its all about! This album is the best thing I have heard in a long time.
Firstly, I would just like to say that it is so refreshing to be able to listen to an extreme album (its not purely death metal) and recognise the band straight away! Even the tracks are instantly recognisable. Thats something that I haven't been able to do for a long time with alot of the death metal thats been coming out.
So Choronzon. It opens with a dark and quite nasty spoken intro, moves into some very effective black metal style moments... and then blasts into an all out assault of death metal greatness. And thats just the first track!
The mix of styles and ideas on here are breath taking. The impressive range of vocal talents from Jason Mendonca is enough to carry the tracks alone, but the drums, guitars, keyboards and tempo changes are all arranged to give the most perfect sound I have heard on one album.
I am a big fan of the fast death metal sound, but the clean vocals and clean guitars of tracks like Leviathan and the opening to Son of the Morning, just ooze class and style.
The black metal riffs that occur from time to time (coupled with Mendonca's screaming vocals)really give a dark and ominous feel to the tracks. Its Black metal one minute, then with a gut wrenching tempo shift, its all out furious death metal slamming.
Some of the opening riffs are enough to make you go weak at the knees. My obvious choices for this are Enraptured by Evil (like everyone else by the looks of it) and Becoming the Adversary.
The drums are furious through out, except when the time calls for them to be pounding out slow death marches, which, to be fair, are usually followed by a Mendonca gutteral growl and double bass blast beats.
I would liken some of the sound to Nile. But I can't. Its of the same intensity (although not complexity) but its so distinctive that you just can't confuse one track for another. (I love Nile by the way, but long sessions of their albums become hard on the ears as far as finding something new from track to track goes).
This album has some of the most superbly timed solos. You know they are coming by the build up of the sound and the vocal arrangements, and then, boom, the solo rips in at the perfect moment, topping off a point in the song that if it was miss-timed by even a second, it would be ruined.
Personal moments of greatness on this album? The openings to the two tracks mentioned already. The whole of Valley of the Crucified. An epic work in both classical style and death metal sound. Masterful. The chugging riff just after the clean vocals, followed by the speedy pick up, then back to clean guitars is amazing! Then the blasting death metal frenzy that follows is pure brutality.
If you haven't got this album...