Chosen
Resolution


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (74 Reviews)
April 1st, 2013 | 70 replies


Release Date: 03/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gritty deathcore with a melodic touch.

Chosen is a melodic death metal duo from Ireland consisting of Paul Shields, who covers vocal, guitar, and bass duties, and David McCann, who handles the drums and percussion. They’ve released a few unsigned EP’s in the past that slid under the radar by virtually the entire music scene, and now here they are with an independently released, melodeath-metalcore-progressive hybrid of a full-length; and it’s really damn good.

Resolution is a thick sounding album, both production wise and musically. Each song hovers between 5 and 7 minutes, and at not one moment in any song do they lose focus, each being its own beast. Opener ‘Engines of Belief’ is a standard groovy death metal track with great breakdowns and a 80’s classic heavy metal solo section near the end. ‘Defective Prospection’ is more of a chugger, starting with galloping riffs leading into a psychedelic progression and clean vocals being sung through an odd phaser effect, but it all works. The proggy ‘The Narcissism Epidemic’ opens with a beautiful flute-acoustic guitar intro which is one of the album’s many highlights. The contrast between melody and dissonance is very tastefully done. The Narcissism Epidemic’, along with ‘Instinct’, ‘Diminishment’, and ‘The Departure Lounge’ are the more melodic songs on the album. Not to be confused with soft, as the first couple minutes of ‘The Departure Lounge' are riff after riff of unforgiving death metal. Melodic leads just shine more clearly in those tracks while others, such as ‘Mental Clarity’, ‘Asch’s Paradigm’, ‘Metaphysical Contradiction’, rely more on gritty riffs and repeating choruses to drive the song.

The production is bliss – the guitar tone is dark and abrasive, giving the perfect balance so the melodic sections don't sound cheesy and for the crunchy riffs to sound dirty and gritty as all fuck. The bass could’ve been louder but it generally follows the rhythm guitar except for a few very brief moments (‘Diminishment’). Shields has a raspy death metal growl, and while he doesn’t have the most dynamic voice in death metal, there are a number of times where his voice carries the music. His clean singing works particularly well when handled in short bursts, like in ‘The Departure Lounge’ where the chorus is only a few well-chosen notes that create a simple yet effective hook. The drums are thoroughly excellent – David McCann can definitely play and thankfully doesn’t have the urge to show off any chance he gets. Both are great at what they do and make for an incredibly tight rhythm section.

Unfortunately Resolution is far from perfect. Not all instances of clean vocals work as well as they should – some come across nasally or awkwardly shoehorned in the chorus. Also the drums, specifically the snare drum, sounds flat in the mix. But these discrepancies are nothing compared to the big picture, which is that Resolution is a wonderful debut and shows that Chosen could become a big player in the deathcore scene if they play their cards right.



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Download for free here: http://www.chosen.ie/
Stream: http://www.craveonline.com/music/previews/470755-exclusive-chosen

Recommended Tracks: Engines of Belief, Defensive Prospection, The Narcissism Epidemic, Asch's Paradigm, The
Departure Lounge

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

anyway yeah this rules

Tyrael
April 1st 2013


20971 Comments


All right, I'll bite

dl link doesn't seem to work

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

weird, try copying it to the address bar or typing it in.

blacktheripper
April 1st 2013


722 Comments


great review

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2013


10382 Comments


Are users allowed to vote in .1 increments now?

THE PEASANTS HAVE OUR POWERS? *blasphemy*

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no Omaha im just special c:

seriously though im mx undercover but dont tell anyone

DirEnRefused
April 1st 2013


2241 Comments


Your writing style's really progressed as of late, there's a comfortable informality present now that only comes with experience. Pos.



Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man

mindleviticus
April 2nd 2013


8331 Comments


"Gritty deathcore"

I think you mean shitty

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what don't you like about it?

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


8021 Comments


The parts when they play instruments

mindleviticus
April 2nd 2013


8331 Comments


nothing I haven't even listened to it yet

mindleviticus
April 2nd 2013


8331 Comments


But Asch's Paradigm sounds great. I think I'm gonna get this.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aschs paradigm riffs hard. good call

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that would be a much better summary

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Intro to "Engines of Belief" has me sold. Solid.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the breakdown in engines of belief always gets me. so fucking groovy

Drpibb
April 3rd 2013


132 Comments


now a 4 hu?

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea ive been jamming it so much these past couple days, it really has no weak songs.

atomic i agree with your soundoff, as much as i love intrinsic this is the album it shouldve been



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