Released: 2015, Daemon Worship Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Fast tremolo riffs. Yes, there are. But, the said riffs are intensely melodic. No leads winding in and out of the riffs but the Dissection comparisons are obvious in their attempt at describing the intent use of sinister harmonies. They start the album off with a bang, rung notes leading to a moshtastic mid-tempo riff that blows the roof off. You will get your fists pumping. Would there be respite after that? Hell, no! Next thing you know, they’re in full blast mode.
Chalice of Blood know how to make a song breathe, using arrangements and tempo changes that milk each riff without overplaying it, letting the catchy melodies resonate in the listener’s mind even after the music has gone.
There aren’t a whole lot of orchestral arrangements. The sections are well-spaced and the transitions are just perfect. Helig, Helig, Helig starts off raging before going out like a candle in a dark room. My favorite track is Nightside Serpent. The track makes me reminisce of classic second wave black metal before hordes of bands imitated the iconic style.
In spite of the cymbal crashes sounding authentic, the drums sound a little flat, like the band make use of a drum machine. Certain parts of the album where the beats slow down and sound audible are the culprits. Perhaps the production could have made the drum tracks a little better.
The only part of the album that disappoints is a section in track three, Shemot, with the guitars falling out and the double-kicking sounding a little out-of-place. The band could have slowed down the tempo of the song without the double-kicking and rung notes in the said section. Although the blasts return right after, it is too little, too late to make Shemot enjoyable.
Things turn around for the start of the next track, starting with a riff that borders on anthem. In fact, I will dare say that Shemot could have been scratched and doing so would have made Helig, Helig, Helig a much better album. The album closes out in fitful fashion, with some nice tremolo riff progression that makes a sudden halt.
In spite of the lackluster track, the album is still quite great. Give your ears a treat! Give it Helig, Helig, Helig!
Reviewed by Al Necro