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The Spell of Retribution

The Chasm

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Album Review

Now this is more like it! Signing with a proper label and recording 2004's Spell of Retribution in a suitable studio not only helped the Chasm obtain a professional-sounding album, it served to reinvigorate their songwriting. To put it as gently as possible, the preceding Conjuration of the Spectral Empire, besides sounding like it was recorded in a broom closet, had shown worrying signs of creative stagnation that not even the Chasm's innately complex songwriting seemed capable of overcoming. But, thanks to their seemingly bottomless (as in a chasm — get it?) stash of battle-ready metal riffs (fit to rival latter-day epic thrashers Dark Angel), and a renewed commitment to slapping them together in unexpected combinations, the Chicago-based group may have found a way out of their labyrinthine conundrum. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and, with its cycling melodic lick, opening instrumental (some things never change) "From the Curse, a Scourge..." harks back to heavy metal's more innocent, categorically undiluted old days. Moving right along, recognizably challenging material like "Conqueror & Warlord" and "Remains of the Covenant" mark a return to the Chasm's clever and inventive, multi-part works of old; the melodic doom passages of "Retribution of the Lost Years" resumes the band's long-running "I, the Pastfinder" series with memorable and emotionally complex results, and "Fortress" affords one of the most dazzling displays of full-on speed-thrashing to be found in this or any other decade. Cherry-top all these with frontman Daniel Corchado's enduring dedication to penning ever-obscure, but thoughtful, occult-based fantasy metal lyrics (as evocative as anyone who actually reads heavy metal lyrics could ever expect), and the Chasm's reputation for meticulously crafted thrash/death/black metal would appear to be reestablished. In other words, Spell of Retribution is a clear return to form.

Customer Reviews

I'M NOT WORTHY!!!

Possessed, Death, Macabre, Morbid Angel, Obituary and now... THE CHASM. Your saviours are come, and they are Mexican! How could I tell this album would rock? The intro. I despise intros, and this one is awesome. Impressive musicianship throughout. Production is a little rough, but that's how we like it, eh? My top pick for the album is Fortress. Who would expect open chords on a death metal album? It's a massive, ominous song, the embodiment of the entire album, distilled into 151 proof metal insanity. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing to hate about this album if you dig old-school death metal, but that track in particular strikes my fancy.

One of the Best Recent Albums

Hell, it's just one of the best death metal albums in general. Period. The Chasm have a very unique and dark sound that's based primarily around an updated take on 80s death metal with some incredibly complex melodies. Download "The Eclipse" for a good taste of The Chasm's complex melodic staircase.

Out of this World

This is truly a master piece of sheer display of complex and intricate musicianship, i have been a fan of this band since its inception back in 1993. Like allways The Chasm has been about playing the most obscure and pure death metal manifesting the sheer hatred that lives deep inside a true death metal band, The Chasm same as their predecesors Necrovore, Incubus (Florida), Obscurity. Has become a living cult band. This album is pure excellence a must have for any true Metal fan Youknow who you are.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Mexico City, Mexico

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of Mexico's most respected and imitated heavy metal bands, the Chasm was formed in 1993 by ex-Cenotaph vocalist/guitarist Daniel Corchado along with guitarist Erick Diaz, bassist Luis Martinez, and drummer Antonio León. After launching its career with the Awaiting the Day of Liberation demo, the band proceeded to display its unique mixture of violent death and ambient black metal with a series of increasingly original and accomplished albums: 1994's limited-edition Procreation of the Inner Temple,...
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