Skeletal Remains
The Entombment of Chaos


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (72 Reviews)
September 16th, 2020 | 42 replies


Release Date: 09/11/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Linked to the glorious past

There's always a certain nostalgia when listening to a musician whose musical roots we relate in some way. It's as if part of our story keeps living, mirrored in someone else. That's what happens when I dive into Skeletal Remains' first releases, they take me to the late '80s, early '90s, into an era where death metal was bursting all over the world. By this time, bands like Death, Obituary, or Pestilence ruled supreme, paving the way for a multitude of new bands that would soon take over the metal scene. In the United States, the meeting point for most of these emerging forces was the mythical Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida, which alongside producer Scott Burns were responsible for genre classics such as Human, Testimony of the Ancients or Slowly We Rot. With their debut album, Beyond the Flesh, Skeletal Remains attempted to emulate Morrisound's sound, thus paying tribute to their heroes in both sound engineering and songwriting. Artistically, this cloning was indeed evident either in the songwriting or in Chris Monroy's vocals, which were an explosive mix of Schuldiner/Martin van Drunen/Tardy-esque growls. Although stylistically coherent with its roots, the band gradually moved away from Morrisound's sound aesthetics in the next two releases, thus gaining a greater identity. This departure was all too evident in Devouring Mortality, which presented a more modern and technical approach without ever truly losing their link with the past.

Skeletal Remains embrace the new decade with a renewed line-up, which features the comeback of band co-founder Mike De La O, again using Dan Swanö as sound engineer. Both wise choices, as The Entombment of Chaos not only presents a high-level production but also takes its predecessor's more up-to-date approach to the next level. The album's technical delivery is noteworthy, both in the rhythm section, which features newcomers Noah Young on bass and Charlie Koryn (Ascended Dead, Funebrarum) on drums, as in the exciting guitar solos that burst in songs such as 'Congregation of Flesh' or 'Torturous Ways to Obliteration'. The band is now more cohesive than ever, providing a set of tracks that omits any filler. 'Illusive Divinity', the Morbid Angel-esque 'Tombs of Chaos' or 'Unfurling the Casket' are among the album's highlights, with the latter featuring an interesting blend of Death/Morbid Angel/Cannibal Corpse-ish textures. The Morbid Angel-esque approach on some tracks is actually one of the album's major novelties, reaching its climax in 'Eternal Hatred', reminiscent of Trey Azagthoth & Co's doomiest moments. Chris Monroy's vocals also depart from his early Schuldiner/Martin van Drunen-ish signature, thus acquiring greater personality. The constant dynamics, which mostly swing between mid-paced and blast beat tempos, are not only thrilling but also instrumental to the album's fluidity. The Slayer-esque riff in 'Congregation of Flesh', the dynamic vocals of 'Synthetic Impulse' or the relentless, but still captivating tremolo picking in 'Unfurling the Casket', are some good examples of how different approaches can create subtle contrasts. The cover of Disincarnate's classic 'Stench of Paradise Burning' comes as a pleasant bonus that evokes the band's ubiquitous roots, honoring one of death metal's most emblematic lead guitarists.

With The Entombment of Chaos, Skeletal Remains further deepens the up-to-date and more technical aesthetics of its predecessor, without ever losing touch either with their main influences or past. Although unoriginal, this refreshing approach turns The Entombment of Chaos into the band's best album to date and a must-have addition for those who enjoy their death metal linked to its glorious legends.



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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great jam. I like the way the guys refreshed their old-school signature.

The album is available on Spotify and other streaming platforms.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2020


8856 Comments


While searching for this, I came across the band's bandcamp and thought I was listening to the new album, whereas in fact it was Condemned to Misery haha, which is great as well.

The new one is even better.



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ShadowRemains
September 16th 2020


25793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

not too much a fan of the production on the bass drum here

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the way the album sounds. Would you like a bolder rhythm section, is that it?



Hahah that has already happened to me a couple of times Voivod.



bloc
September 16th 2020


63092 Comments


Hnnnnng album fuckin rules

"not too much a fan of the production on the bass drum here"

Haha I was just saying to Trap a few days ago how much I dug how this album sounded. I like how razor sharp the whole package is

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"razor sharp package"



You've nailed it.

ShadowRemains
September 16th 2020


25793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

> I like the way the album sounds. Would you like a bolder rhythm section, is that it?

nah it's more that it isn't organic/punchy enough for this style of death metal

DDDeftoneDDD
September 16th 2020


13393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

E aí está ela!

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahah

MaryBabko
September 16th 2020


440 Comments


Was gonna review this myself. Slaps

hexfix93
September 16th 2020


2059 Comments


Nice rev. These guys are sick, completely forgot they had a new album out though lol

evilford
September 17th 2020


45497 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Condemned to misery was excellent, and this is sweet too. Overall, pretty underrated band

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2020


4306 Comments


Feel like these guys could just call their albums "OSDM Revival Sampler #", in that they're so completely derivative but consistently decent at the same time

bloc
September 17th 2020


63092 Comments


Band is one of my favs in the game right now

Deathconscious
September 17th 2020


25236 Comments


Finally a SR album got a review. Love these guys, theyre nothing mindblowing but every album is very solid.

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Feel like these guys could just call their albums "OSDM Revival Sampler #", in that they're so completely derivative but consistently decent at the same time"



Agreed, although this album has greater personality. I love Chris Monroy's enthusiasm and genuine passion for OSDM.



Live at Birdcage Studios:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ger1dpIWnh0



Band performing 'Congregation Of Flesh', 'Dissectasy', and 'Beyond Cremation' live. Good stuff.

Deathconscious
September 17th 2020


25236 Comments


On my fourth listen, this is satisfying as fuck.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2020


14948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it has a nice replay value, something I don't often find in this kind of OSDM.

butt.
September 17th 2020


7913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the more memorable dm albums this year for me. Real fuckin gnarly

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2020


26039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

yeah, this is sweet





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