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Review: Chaosweaver - Cult of the Buried Serpent
Cult of the Buried Serpent

Label: Independent
Year released: 2006
Duration: 13:52
Tracks: 3
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: April 10, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Chaosweaver are a Finnish band who formed in 2004, with this being their second demo which was released late in 2006 (so far as I can gather, anyhow). I don't really think it's wise for bands to try to create their own style of metal (it seems very pretentious to me, not to mention generally moronic), but according to the band's Myspace site, they play 'Dark' metal (which roughly equates to a pretty tame brand of death metal with huge swathes of synthesizer throughout).

Ok, so they're a young band, and there is the occasional riff or arrangement that reminds of mid-period Therion, with brooding keyboards adding to the overall bombastic sound. However, these occasions are few and far between unfortunately, allowing monotony to creep in the backdoor and shit all over the demo. I can't put my finger on why exactly that is, but I figure it's just down to the age old adage that some bands have it from the very beginning, and some don't. It's all very 'eastern influenced metal-by-numbers' in the vein of Rotting Christ and the aforementioned Therion, without bringing any of the style or substance of either of these behemoths. My initial thoughts were that it was pretty average stuff upon first listen, but it still failed to grab my attention after several spins, all seeming pretty one dimensional and bland.

I've no doubt Chaosweaver will be signed eventually, and will probably go on to have a lengthy career. But for me, they'll always be wannabes unless they buck their ideas up and kick into a new, as yet unrealized, gear.

More about Chaosweaver...
Interview with Max Power (bass, vocals) on July 21, 2012 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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