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But Lost We Are
Released: 1999, Independent
These days Sweden seems to be the major breeding ground for the best melodic death metal bands. Dark Tranquillity and In Flames immediately come to mind as bands who temper their aggressive approach with just enough melody to interest even those who have no interest in Death Metal. Chastisement can now be added to the list of Swedish bands who play technical, melodic death metal. The band was formed in 1992 by guitarist Marcus Edvardsson and the current lineup consists of Nils Fjellstrom on drums, Johan Klitkou: vocals, Per Gabrielsson: bass, Tommy Larsson: guitars and Edvardsson.
On first listen ...But Lost We Are I found myself thinking of In Flames. But after repeated listenings I realized that these guys have as much in common with Death as they do with In Flames or At The Gates. "Rapid Fluid" kicks off the CD with a blistering dose of brutal thrash. Johan Klitkou does a great job of the vocals on this song. He has the vocal delivery of Jeff Walker of Carcass and I was soon to realize that "Heartwork" era Carcass seems to be a minor influence on these guys. "Exposed Hatred" is a much more brooding track with a much more crisp and technical guitar riff. "At The Garden of Eden" is technical death metal in the vein of Death with another touch of Carcass thrown in for good measure. Klitkou delivers his vocals in more of a death whisper but brings out the all out death growl for the next track "Conclusion Pain" This is just a good old fashioned thrash song with a nice little atmospheric bridge that slows down the whole track.. The band show how tight they really are with Klitkou sounding like Barney from Napalm Death. He even throws in a black scream for good measure. ...But Lost We Are is a Chastisement song that must have appeared on an earlier demo and it is much slower and black metal influenced than the rest of the tracks on the CD. Guitarists Edvardsson and Larsson play some great guitar harmonies which add some depth to the tune.
The production on this CD is very good for an independent release. The guitars are crisp and the vocals are demonic in parts. Even though I have pointed out where Chastisement are influenced by other bands they stop short of being copy cats. They blend their influences into an aggressive sound that will soon bring them to the attention of metalheads all over the world. Check out their website at http://www.chastisement.com.
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