The Chasm
Procession to the Infraworld


3.5
great

Review

by VisionsFromTheDarkSide USER (26 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2012 | 48 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very interesting and refreshing listen within death metal.

At times, death metal can seem like a slightly stagnant genre. Although the quality of most death metal is excellent, there are hardly any bands of late that have brought anything new to the table, instead choosing to stick to a blueprint laid down by previous and perhaps pioneering bands. Although this usually creates some fantastic music, there is still rarely any innovation, any creativity or any originality displayed (which is perhaps summed up by the sudden wave of tech-death bands recently).

The Chasm are a relatively unknown death metal band hailing from Mexico City. Consisting of Daniel Corchado (vocals and guitar), Julio Viterbo (guitar), Antonio Leon (drums) and Alfonso Polo (bass), they play a unique and distinctive style of death metal, blending together old school, melodic and doom metal into one. Starting off as a death/doom band, The Chasm have gradually been incorporating melodic elements within their music, and the pinnacle of this is Procession to the Infraworld.
The main way in which melody is incorporated here is through the impressive guitar harmonies. Both guitarists play some great riffs in harmony with one another, and although the guitar playing is not entirely technical or complicated, the way in which the band employ simple riffs in harmony yields some fantastic results. The solos are also very well constructed and melodic, as supposed to the usual break-neck speed shredded wankery you hear from a lot of death metal bands.

The drums are somewhat varied, sometimes played in straightforward and mid-tempo fashion. However, Antonio Leon often utilizes blast beats and thunderous double bass, which largely contributes to the old school, feel of this album. However, the drums (or more specifically, the cymbals) seem a little too high in the mix and could do with some reduced volume (an example of this would be throughout the song 'At the Edge of the Nebula Mortis'). Also regarding production, the bass seems largely inaudible and could also do with a change of volume. However, this is perhaps only a minor problem, as it does not lower the quality of the album too much.
The vocals on Procession to the Infraworld are great. Daniel Corchado’s vocals are very evil and snarly, and his range of highs to lows is pretty impressive too. The vocals, combined with the guitars, give this album a very dark and evil edge, leading to a mysterious and eerie atmosphere, which is reflected in the album art too (something which many bands struggle to do). As well as the drums, the vocals also contribute majorly to the old school feel.

If there is one significant fault with Procession to the Infraworld, it’s the fact that it can be a little boring and even tedious at times. Songs like 'Return of the Banished' and 'Storm of Revelations' feel slightly overdone in terms of length, yet insignificant in terms of substance and quality. Also, the album seems to lack some sort of personal connection with the listener, and feels a little too robotic at times.

Despite the album being a little boring in places and a few minor production problems, The Chasm have released a very refreshing and unique album in Procession to the Infraworld. Not many bands have managed to be melodic and well-constructed, yet very dark and evil at the same time. However, with this release, The Chasm have done exactly that, and this provides a very refreshing and different listen, without being too challenging for the listener in question.



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CaptainDooRight
April 2nd 2012


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought this was pretty weak but good rev. Pos.

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
April 2nd 2012


2009 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers Captain, yeah I did at first, I think I originally had it down as a 2.5 or 3, can't remember which one, but the more I listened to it the more I started to like it

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CaptainDooRight
April 2nd 2012


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gotta say I love when that happens, also nice dig :]

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012


6339 Comments


The review for Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm was one of the first things I have read on this site.

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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
April 2nd 2012


2009 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Gotta say I love when that happens, also nice dig :]"
Haha can't get enough of it at the moment

And Voivod yeah probably a lot better than this one haha

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012


6339 Comments


@ VisionsFromTheDarkSide


I just mentioned a "digital" memory from here :-).

btw, good review, pos.

bloc
April 2nd 2012


35024 Comments


Band is one of the best

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
April 2nd 2012


2009 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man (:

kount
April 2nd 2012


1279 Comments


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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
April 2nd 2012


2009 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

are shit, whut?

6justice6detty6
April 2nd 2012


148 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

awaiting the day of liberation is the only good thing these guys done fuck this band

Wizard
April 2nd 2012


19644 Comments


Nah, they've done a few good albums but I wouldn't say they're much of a standout for me. Good review.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012


19064 Comments


my fav is probably deathcult then farseeing

good band

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alachlahol
April 2nd 2012


7515 Comments


wizards opinion is useless as usual this album/band is one of the greatest

KILL
April 2nd 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

years ago two parents went out to dinner a few hours later the babysitter called and asked if she could cover up the clown statue in the kids room. The dad said "get the kids out of the house and we'll call the police. We don't have a... clown statue." the clown was actually a killer that escaped from prison 10 years ago. If u don't post this on ten photos, the clown will be in your bed with a chainsaw in his hand at 3:00 am

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CaptainDooRight
April 2nd 2012


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

killer clowns was one of my fav movies so I embrace the attack

I'll be waiting with cotton candy and my dick exposed

glezz
April 2nd 2012


235 Comments


The Chasm are awesome and not Burzum, a double Bro win!

Wizard
April 3rd 2012


19644 Comments


wizards opinion is useless as usual this album/band is one of the greatest

That's fine if you think that but you're so high and mighty because?

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
April 3rd 2012


2009 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"The Chasm are awesome and not Burzum, a double Bro win!"

Eh?

Inveigh
July 28th 2013


25199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great fucking album, the way they blend melodic elements into their death/doom is actually really interesting

underrated band overall imo

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