1349
Massive Cauldron of Chaos


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (306 Reviews)
October 7th, 2014 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 1349 are back to raise absolute hellfire, and have created another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal's more promising groups.

In a recent interview with 1349, frontman Ravn revealed his founding principles in saying that he "didn't like the way music was presented as black metal, so I did something about it". With the band's latest album, Massive Cauldron of Chaos, this couldn't be closer to the truth, and more so when one compares the release to 2009's disappointing Revelations of the Black Flame and its somewhat better albeit still average successor, Demonoir.

Fortunately enough then, Massive Cauldron of Chaos should certainly convince most listeners that the band are back doing what they have done best from the very beginning-a malevolent, menacing fusion of traditional black metal elements made more vicious by the aggressive rhythm section and Ravn's grim vocal delivery. The musicianship on 1349's latest work never fails to impress, and considering that 1349 have supposedly lost a fairly critical portion of their fan-base over the last few years, songs such as the straightforward, back-to-basics "Slaves" and the twisted "Mengeles" are but two prime examples that the band are back to deliver the best of what they have to offer. Not since the heyday of Hellfire have the band sounded so ambitious and confident in their musical performance. The guitar work is perhaps more prominent than other instruments, its tone ranging from the simplistic and fast-paced explosions of "Exorcism" and "Chained" to the epic and backgrounds of "Cauldron" and "Godslayer". Yet its driving force is really what completes Massive...'s striking impressions, and you can almost feel the viciousness of each instrument seeping through the recording from any of the album's eight songs.

Whilst Massive... mostly sticks to the tried-and-tested black metal formula on which 1349 have based the majority of their albums, there are slight deviations from the norm here and there. "Postmortem" tends to hark back to a sound which resembles more of the 80s blackened thrash style a la Sadus than it does the harsher, more primitive stylings of black metal's second wave, but in doing so the rhythm section seems to become more vicious, bringing in a few more hooks than you'd expect. "Mengeles" is just about the only song on the album which takes its time and lets rip with one of the most melodic and well-refined solo sections in 1349's musical career, and though this is somewhat brief compared to the other parts of the same song, it's that attention to detail which reminds us of 1349's penchant for a greatly written song. And Ravn even offers a more varied vocal delivery as songs such as "Exorcism" and "Godslayer" display his ungodly narrative voice amidst the menacing rhythm section, collaborating to a generally solid sound.

There is a bit of filler to be found in Massive Cauldron of Chaos, namely the short, snappy "Golem" and its comparatively ineffective successor "Chained", yet these two songs don't seem to cut the flow of what will be remembered as a nice return to form for 1349. The band's latest album won't change opinions (unless yours was swayed easily by the ambient leanings of Revelations of the Black Flame), but it certainly will confirm that 1349, as far as black metal in the traditional sense is concerned, are heading to the glory days once more.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2014


2654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album's stream is already up on Sputnik I see, but here it is again for those who missed:



http://www.metalinjection.net/av/full-album-stream/1349-is-streaming-massive-cauldron-of-chaos



http://seasonofmist.bandcamp.com/album/massive-cauldron-of-chaos



Criticism is welcome.

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Totengott
October 7th 2014


4252 Comments


Nice review, album is great.

''In a recent interview with 1349, frontman Ravn revealed his founding principles in saying that he "didn't
like the way music was presented as black metal, so I did something about it".''

He definitely did.

Archelirion
October 7th 2014


6438 Comments


Album is pure carnage. Review says everything you need to know about it, great job.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2014


9319 Comments


Heard the album a couple of times, great stuff.

Will read asap.

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ExplosiveOranges
October 7th 2014


4408 Comments


"lost a fairly critical portion of their fan-base"

No hyphen needed between "fan" and "base", but it's not necessarily incorrect either, so you can keep it
that way if you want. Idk, "fanbase" just reads better to me.

"(unless yours was swayed easily by the ambient leanings of Revelations of the black Flame)"


The "b" in black should be capitalized, since it's the album title. Other than that, great review as always,
Rob.

BMDrummer
October 8th 2014


14717 Comments


i need to check this damn

titanslayer
October 8th 2014


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I haven't ever heard anything by these guys so I didn't really know what to expect. It has some cool moments but for the most part nothing really grabbed me

psyclonus
October 8th 2014


153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

been listening to this a lot over the last few days, really good stuff. sounds a bit like Naglfar in places too. solid album

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2014


26983 Comments


nice review. haven't heard this band but not sure if they'd be my style of bm

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TheSpirit
October 8th 2014


28756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Riffs

DoctorVelvet
October 9th 2014


183 Comments


Haven't read your review yet, but I wanted to mention that your summary reflects more of 4.5 or a 5.

Totengott
November 27th 2014


4252 Comments


Riffs hard.

Hawks
June 3rd 2015


75358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wtf I didn't even know that this came out. Gonna listen tonight.

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DikkoZinner
August 14th 2015


5350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Postmortem goes hard

Hawks
August 14th 2015


75358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules agreed.

FlyheadMetal
August 14th 2015


2422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes rules hard!

Hawks
August 14th 2015


75358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have you bros jammed Hellfire?

DikkoZinner
August 14th 2015


5350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah just this and BTA, Hellfire is where it's at?

Asdfp277
August 14th 2015


23639 Comments


what a cool artwork

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Hawks
August 14th 2015


75358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys are consistent as hell (for the most part), but yeah Hellfire is best.



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