The Chasm
Deathcult For Eternity; The Triumph


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bartender EMERITUS
January 16th, 2005 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


Deathcult for Eternity: The Triumph seems to me a surprisingly unknown album. I don't think it's quite so mind-blowing as these guys make out, but it deserves a lot more attention that it gets.

The core of The Chasm is vocalist and main man Daniel Corchado, formerly of Cenotaph (mex) and later of Incantation. He left the more brutal Cenotaph sometime in 1992, with the intention of embarking on a band whose musical exercise would be in trying to exemplify "the metal of death". Now, although The Chasm happen to play death metal, it should be noted that that's not strictly what he means. The man is obsessed with death - the phenomenon, not the musical style. His beliefs, such as I think they are, are rather too convoluted to adequately run through here, but involve a lot of respect for death, the grim reaper, as a figure to be awaited with immense happiness, for when it comes, your time in the great unknown, the afterlife, begins. It is that which is his ultimate goal - "every day is just another lesson, another step in my preparation" - and which results in his fascination with all things death-related. His intention with The Chasm is to create music as best he can to represent and illustrate the nature of life and death, their perceived and actual relationships as he sees them, and so on.

Fortunately, he's really quite good at it, and Deathcult For Eternity; The Triumph is proof of that. Much of this representation involves ugliness and unease, something which is apparent in the music. Although there is a lot of melody here - hence melodic death metal - at it's most light-hearted it is often slower and uneasier than you might expect melodic death to be, and often it could be described as murky, and torturous..but not torturous as in boring. I find one of the greatest strengths of this album to be that it's interesting listening, in the best sense possible; sprawling, and engrossing. Without ever lowering themselves to the level of using hooks and choruses, The Chasm rarely fail to hold your attention throughout. It's not an easy listen, and it won't be to everyone's taste, but for those who can like it, it's a very impressive piece of work. It also points to no immediately apparent particular influences, which is something very rare indeed.

It's not perfect, however, which is why I don't feel it deserves 100%. For one thing, and this is minor, it's long. I've no problem with long albums especially, but what with the nature of the music, it's a rare day that I listen through the whole thing from start to finish (though whenever I do want to listen to it, I always start at the first track and let it play through). The second, and much more pertinent, point is his vocals. The vast majority of the time, he uses mid-range death metal style vocals, which is no problem. They're even quite good, for what they are. However, every now and then, he'll come out with a high-pitched scream. I've no problem with those usually either, but when I say scream, I really mean "squeal". These things would put most glam vocalists to shame, and the production quality doesn't seem to do them any favours either. Put simply, they're some of the most horrific (in a bad way) and out-of-place things I've ever heard. Considering he probably spends (counting up the length and so on) less than 30 seconds of the album doing them, the amount by which my score is dropped reflects how badly I think of them.

Still, in the end, these relatively small problems do little to impinge on an otherwise very good album. Recommended for fans of death metal, especially those who like something a bit different.



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Dancin' Man
December 31st 2004


719 Comments


Sounds good. The squeals sound ugly though.

Bartender
Emeritus
December 31st 2004


826 Comments


Yes, they are bad. I don't think they're intended as part of the overall plan to exaggerate the unease and disconcert of the album either, they're just bad.

Distorted Vision
December 31st 2004


184 Comments


I've heard some from these guys, they're pretty good.

Stoic
April 15th 2005


161 Comments


it must be one of the hardest albums/bands to get. It took me a long time to appreciate and still I'm struggling with some songs. The first and third song are KILLER. I'm currently looking for the Procession To The Infraworld album. I've only heard one song off it but it was enough to haunt me for months (Storm of Revelations)

Stoic
April 17th 2006


161 Comments


bump. It's a wonder how the melodic death fanboys still havent discovered this band. Give them a chance guys, hardly anyone plays like this!

metallicaman8
April 17th 2006


4677 Comments


good review. great album

Poofy 666
July 26th 2006


27 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Been listening to these guys nonstop for quite a while.

rasputin
January 10th 2009


14546 Comments


I like this album, some of the vocals are a little iffy, but the instrumentation is fantastic.

KILL
April 10th 2010


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is really great holy helm

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quartermil
August 4th 2011


170 Comments


A Portal to Nowhere is a fantastic track. love it!

Inveigh
October 20th 2011


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

needs more love

fireandblood
September 1st 2012


198 Comments


Holy shit awesome record

KILL
September 1st 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

easily their best i reckon

KILL
November 9th 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im the hateful raven!1

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2012


18522 Comments


gr8 banned

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KILL
November 9th 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that riff

evilford
August 18th 2014


22665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hi

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evilford
August 19th 2014


22665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band is slept on so hard

Hawks
August 19th 2014


35838 Comments


Still haven't jammed these guys, but I have their most recent album downloaded and on my phone. Will give it a listen in the next couple of days.

evilford
August 20th 2014


22665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet hawks, and check out retribution and procession when you can, those are way better imo



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