|Review: Deathchain - Death Eternal|
Label: Dynamic Arts Records
Year released: 2008
Review online: December 27, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (10 Votes)
I'm not familiar with the previous Deathchain albums reviewed here, but I've noticed that their previous album was almost universally bashed, and apparently this one is a step back in the right direction. I've been listening to Death Eternal for several days and have yet to find something "great" about, but it sure has its strong moments (some good riffage and a good level of catchiness on "Monolith of Death", among others, immediately come to mind.) The music here tips a bit more to the side of Death Metal than Thrash, with a lot of guitar work reminding me of some U.S. Death Metal and the album does exhibit the sheer heaviness expected from a full blown Death Metal album. So the Thrash is mostly there for seasoning, almost down to spectator level, really.
This is mostly mid/fast-paced, nothing noticeably slow and while I've heard much faster, some of the numbers here are probably just a notch about some posted speed limits. :) The vocals are of the growl variety, but rather decipherable, more or less half-way between "extreme Thrash" and "melodic Death Metal" vocals - this is a good point here, as the vocalist is quite competent and some of the catchiest parts I found were actually vocal lines perfectly paired with a good synchronized duo of sharp guitar work and pounding, precise drums. It's pretty standard stuff, but overall well executed and worth checking out for fans for the genre.
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