Monday, September 17, 2012

FMA Reviews: Chaos Inception: The Abrogation

I had not heard of this band before, so I did some checking before I listened to the album. When I discovered that Quinta Essentia madman guitarist Matt Barnes also performed the guitar work for Chaos Inception, I knew I was going to enjoy it.

Chaos Inception bears a strong resemblance to Quinta Essentia in that the band is not simply a middling death metal band. There is a lot of substance here, some real progressive song structures with complex riffing and a real organic foundation. This is not stale, modernized death metal focused solely on providing a brutal experience. Chaos Inception has the occult and doom-laden sound of an early Morbid Angel. Their sound is like a Lovecraftian beast, horrendous and otherworldly.

The playing of Matt Barnes is definitely the highlight, as I knew that it would be. His leads are incredible and really send chills down the spine. On top of that is his brutally intense riffwork when he is not playing leads. Chris White's vocals are also a strength. He is doing his best David Vincent impression on this material and sounds damn good doing it. The drum and bass work provides a pounding, thick and meaty bottom end to the riffing and vocals.

Each song is proof that brutal death metal can still sound intense without losing its blackened soul.

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