Deathchain
Cult of Death


1.0
awful

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
July 30th, 2007 | 47 replies | 6,093 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thank you for submitting your application for Worst Album of 2007, it has been accepted.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Deathchain were going to be the saviors of thrash. They had everything any thrash enthusiast wanted: speed, power, frantic vocals; the works. Their past two albums, more so with “Deathrash Assault”, were prime examples of how to thrash in this generation. Then they decided to get rid of their vocalist “Rotten” (who might’ve left on his own accord, but no one knows except the band) and replace him with what they proclaimed to be a better fit for the band, and a more experienced vocalist. So the rest of us waited, hoping that they’d still be able to keep the fire strong. Then, they released their video for the track “Pit of the Possessed” and it was in that moment that it all came together:

Deathchain were killing themselves.

Unlike “Deadmeat Disciples” and “Deathrash Assault” were thrash took the edge over death metal, “Cult of Death” puts a heavy emphasis on their death metal roots. Most of the frenzied, intense riffing is gone in place of a more grinding, heavier sound. It even seems like, from the production, that they wanted this to sound like a death metal album from the early 90’s, since the production seems a bit flatter and doesn’t pack that huge “thump” as with their past ones.

This album, for lack of a better word, is generic. K.J. Khaos, the new vocalist, is who appears to blame for this. His vocal work is absolutely boring, as he sounds just like every other extreme metal vocalist in the industry. On the opener “Deathammer”, he lets out a growl in the silence to open up the track, but all that does help the listener reach the conclusion that this going to be as dull as his voice. It’s true, since while the opening, pounding riff to “Deathammer” has the potential to cause head banging, Khaos’ vocals and repetitive riffs from Bobby and Corpse will have you hitting the “skip” track about halfway through. The sad thing is that it never gets any better.

While with “Deathrash Assault”, where each song could be picked out from the rest, the tracks on “Cult of Death” are overly repetitive to the point that the genre of thrash itself should feel ashamed. While most have something slightly unique (like “Pit of the Possessed's" slower intro), once the main riffs kick in, it sounds like the song before that, and the song before that, etc., etc. Listening to “Cult of Death” is like shooting yourself in the foot, because after each track, you keep hoping for something better, only to hear the same, ***ty sound again. Corpse and Bobby are unbearable on guitar this time around, since they hold off on soloing (though some tracks have them, but they aren’t even worth mentioning) in order to add a heavier atmosphere. It gets annoying, since they’ve proven themselves skilled before. Not only that, their riffs, such as on “In the Crypt of Vengeance” and the title track are as interesting as slamming your head in a door repeatedly. Mix that in with Kassara’s drumming, which is virtually the same beat for every damn song, and you’ve got a snooze-fest. Even the lyrics, which have Khaos spitting out lame lines like “The priest is lost, He got demonized!”, are (nearly) as dumb as the music.

Some say that time heals wounds, so let’s hope that this is the case for Deathchain. Maybe they’ll fix the relationship with Rotten and get him back, because it seems like all that Khaos has brought to the table is dull music. Until they come back with something new (and hopefully 10-times better), just go get “Deathrash Assault” and head bang till you get whiplash; it’s your safest bet.

Overall – 1/5

I won’t recommend any tracks, since they all suck. But one of the riffs on “Deathammer” was cool so if you have to, try that.



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south_of_heaven 11
July 30th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This album is complete shit.

Cravinov13
July 30th 2007



3854 Comments


Sounds bad. To top it all off I f***ing hate thrash so I'll never get this.

south_of_heaven 11
July 30th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Dude stay away from this at all costs...it's totally lame.

Cravinov13
July 30th 2007



3854 Comments


I keep away from practically anything related to thrash.

metallicaman8
July 30th 2007



4677 Comments


Good review, but you rated it a 1 and in the review it says 1.5

Explain.

south_of_heaven 11
July 30th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

That's because originally I had it a 1.5, then I read back through it, realized it deserved a 1, and changed it. Thanks for pointing that out, cause it really deserves a 1.

metallicaman8
July 30th 2007



4677 Comments


Alright, cool. I might check out a couple tracks from these guys just because I'm curious as to how bad the really are.

EDIT: hypberboleking was hypermantly banned, so he probably won't see it.This Message Edited On 07.30.07

south_of_heaven 11
July 30th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Well, you see, I have their album "Deathrash Assault" at a 5, because it's absolutely fucking brilliant. This is at the complete other end of the spectrum mm8, so if you listen to this you'll probably want to cut your ears off so yeah.

oh yeah, lol hyperboleking...I kinda liked him though.This Message Edited On 07.30.07

Crimson
July 30th 2007



1935 Comments


Great review, I wouldn't have tuched this anyway but, this just makes sure.

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 30th 2007



3709 Comments


Nice review. Sounds completely opposite to Deaththrash Assault haha

metallicaman8
July 30th 2007



4677 Comments


Well, you see, I have their album "Deathrash Assault" at a 5, because it's absolutely ****ing brilliant. This is at the complete other end of the spectrum mm8, so if you listen to this you'll probably want to cut your ears off so yeah.


Cool, I'll probably look into their other album then.

Altmer
July 30th 2007



5652 Comments


this sounds really shitty.

kalkal50
July 30th 2007



2386 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

great review, their new vocalist is like so meh, more death metal emphasis you say?

south_of_heaven 11
July 30th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Oh yes, it's really obvious upon the first track...it's uber lame :/

Dethtrasher
July 30th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Great work South! Man, is it really that bad? I would still like to hear but that will probably happen in a distant future.

south_of_heaven 11
July 30th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Deth, I almost cried when I listened to this...you will too

Dethtrasher
July 30th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Maybe, when I can I guess I have to ask you for this album. But as I said, in a distant future. So you mean that this album sounds more like the Florida death movement in the late 80's - early 90's?

south_of_heaven 11
July 30th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yeah, mainly due to the production though.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 30th 2007



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I barely got through the first track on this piece of shit.

rattlehead42147
July 30th 2007



1345 Comments


K.J. Khaos is a humiliatingly cheesy name. i dont think i want to check this album out but i heard this band was pretty good. great review though



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