DeathevokatioN
The Chalice Of Ages


4.5
superb

Review

by jayfatha USER (32 Reviews)
November 25th, 2011 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastic death/doom metal debut from a band that's bound to have a little something to catch every extreme metal fan's ear

If one were to listen to DeathevokatioN’s “The Chalice of Ages” without knowing anything about it, and they were asked to guess where and when it was recorded, I highly doubt their first guess would be California, in 2007. This album, in the vein of old school death metal, sounds like it could have been recorded somewhere in Finland in the early 90s. It would fit in right along side acts like Demigod or Adramelech, with their style of creating a slower, evil atmosphere, as well as some very dark riffs and tones.

In addition to being old school death metal, there’s a lot of doom influence and even some thrashy parts to this album. The slower tempo that’s often present, the sinister feel the album gives off, and the vocalist’s style really gives this its doomier edge. However, it’s still death metal so it can get just as fast and brutal as the rest of them. The track Infinity Blights the Flesh is a perfect example of the balls-out intensity that that this album is full of, as well as the prominence of melody and harmonization. That song- hell, the entire album has a great combination of melody and thick, crunchy heaviness. Listen to the title track and you’ll see what I mean, a perfect harmony between the two elements.

The songwriting is top-notch, the album doesn’t get dull throughout all its 61 minutes. It’s hard to make a death metal album that long without it getting repetitive or boring, but DeathevokatioN do just that. Three out of the nine songs clock in at over 8 minutes long and they’re probably the best songs on the album, even if they do flow together a bit awkwardly. That could be said for the whole album really, but you can’t tell because you’re too drawn in by the vehemence of it all to notice.

A plethora of delicious riffs, creative drum patterns, and stunning harmonies prove that the instrumentation on this album is great. Everything’s sound fits the music so well, other than the bass, of course, since it’s pretty much nowhere to be found. Other than that the production does an impressive job. It’s got a hint of that gritty, muddy sound that fans have come to love from death metal while still being clean enough for all the separate melodies to be heard clearly and distictly. Doomful, menacing, vicious, all while being strangely dulcet, there’s something for just about every fan of extreme metal with The Chalice of Ages. Want death metal with some brutaility? How about some slow, brooding doom thrown in for good measure? Some melody and, f*ck it, an evil acoustic passage or two just because. If you like any of the above, you’ll find something to enjoy here.



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jayfatha
November 25th 2011


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My shortest review yet, it's probably not very good because my computer is full of fuck and I had to start over three times. This should have been posted yesterday but here you go, it needed a review.

BallsToTheWall
November 25th 2011


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Props. This is excellent.

Asiatic667
November 25th 2011


4648 Comments


Nice review. This sounds pretty good too, especially since I've been on an OSDM binge lately.

ShadowRemains
November 25th 2011


21683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeah, awesome album

good review too

jayfatha
November 25th 2011


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank ya everybody

seedofnothing
November 26th 2011


3425 Comments


this is something ill def check out

CakeWithCream
November 26th 2011


1029 Comments


yeah good review will probably check it out

bloc
December 13th 2011


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm liking this a lot

ShadowRemains
July 12th 2012


21683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dis is good yes uh huh uh huh

KjSwantko
July 12th 2012


9448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed, it's pretty nifty all right.

CaptainDooRight
July 13th 2012


30373 Comments


Some really good stuff here.

Digging: Henryk Gorecki - Symphony No. 3, Op. 36

CaptainDooRight
July 13th 2012


30373 Comments


Bands like this should have free legal downloads from somewhere like bandcamp or something as I believe it would give them more exposure.

TheNotrap
September 22nd 2012


8137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Competent old school revival. Sounds just like Bolt meets Swedish OSDM.

Digging: Funebrarum - The Sleep of Morbid Dreams

YUJOS
September 22nd 2012


955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Does anybody knows if they are recording any new stuff?

Digging: Skaphe - Skphe

evilford
September 23rd 2013


23029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dam this rules

Wizard
September 27th 2013


19649 Comments


Still need to hear this.

Digging: Horseback and Locrian - New Dominions

FrozenVain
January 18th 2014


2489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's awesome

Wizard
January 18th 2014


19649 Comments


I pre-ordered the remastered version of this. Hope it's good.

YUJOS
January 18th 2014


955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's not just good Wiz. It's really good!

FrozenVain
January 18th 2014


2489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll order it in time as well. The original version is quite hard to get your hands on.



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