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Review: Defamer - Chasm

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 40:10
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 22, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (10 Votes)

Australia is usually the hotbed for insanely fast and/or brutal Death Metal, but there are exceptions and Defamer is one of them. An old school Death Metal sound that's somewhere between NYDM and Polish DM is what's being served here. The music is pretty much mid to fast-paced, sometimes slowing down even more, replacing any hint of speed with sheer crushing heaviness. It's not bad, but one can't help but think "I've heard this before" (in all fairness, that's not exactly an uncommon trait these days), and it's not all that memorable either – but it does satisfy the ear while it's playing.

If you prefer your Death Metal to be heavy with an omnipresent dark atmosphere, Chasm ought to please. Opening up on an intro that could very well be on the soundtrack of a good suspense-horror movie, one can feel the darkness and the often "evil" tones of the music – very cool. Adding to that, the vocals vary between the expected growls and some "raspy growls", the latter really aiding in giving the album that little evil feel. If you're tired of hyperblasting speedfests in Death Metal, Chasm may just be what the doctor ordered.

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