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Review: Chapel of Disease - Summoning Black Gods
Chapel of Disease
Summoning Black Gods

Label: F.D.A. Rekotz
Year released: 2012
Duration: 44:50
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 1, 2013
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Summoning Black Gods

Rated 4/5 (80%) (14 Votes)

Germany has produced some great Death Metal bands over the past two decades or so and, in fact, it could be said that the current German Death Metal scene is even more vivid and active than it has ever been. The 4-piece act known as Chapel of Disease is yet more proof of Germany's power in the vast fields of Death Metal. Chapel of Disease was formed in 2008 and had a very creative year in 2012; a demo (Death Evoked), a split 7" EP (Chapel of Lifeless Cult) together with their countrymen Lifeless and, finally, at the end of the year, the band's debut studio album, Summoning Black Gods, all saw the light of day. Not a bad score, I would say.

Summoning Black Gods is pure old school Death Metal worship from start to finish. It's convincingly performed and kind of reminds me of early Death, Pestilence (Hol), Asphyx and Morgoth. It's a trip back to those golden days when such releases as Scream Bloody Gore, Leprosy, Mallevs Maleficarvm, The Rack and Resurrection Absurd, were thrown to the hungry Death Metal fans. The boys in Chapel of Disease don't hide their influences but let them show shamelessly and powerfully through their songs. I always admire this type of back-to-the-roots mentality if the music is done convincingly enough and without any attempts to pretend to be something else. Chapel of Disease has undoubtedly proved to be adept at capturing the essential vibe and feeling of old school Death Metal on Summoning Black Gods and they should stick to that in the future. Vocalist and guitarist Laurent Teubl must have heard a million times how he sounds like a combination of Chuck Schuldiner and Martin van Drunen but he should certainly take that as a compliment. He does a pretty amazing job on the record, no doubts. Other than that, Chapel of Disease's heavy and harsh Death Metal offers a truly convincing bombardment of very unoriginal but still highly entertaining old school-spirited Death Metal. It appealed to me a great deal and I am positive that you are next on their ever-growing list of fans.

Other related information on the site
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Laurent Teubl and guitarist Ced Teubl on April 1, 2013 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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