Whoopee, it’s promo time again and first up are DEATHCHAIN. The name sounds cool but their logo isn’t very original being brought to life in an unforgiving mish mash crossover of ICED EARTH and IRON MAIDEN fonts, is nothing sacred anymore?
Finland’s DEATHCHAIN are a relatively new band, they’ve been around since 1997 but this is their first real album. What can I say; this is a very tight showdown of Finnish Death/Thrash. “Deadmeat Disciples” is a 32-minute destruction derby between raging guitar attacks, equally raging drumming and the standard growling/screaming voice, this album just feasts on the raw energy of these five undertakers.
If I had to come up with names I’d say there’s a bit of DISMEMBER’s rawness, some TESTAMENT rallying (at the time of “The Gathering”), a bit of DIMENSION ZERO’s aggression and even some older AMORPHIS moments from “The Karelian Isthmus” involved in this package. These guys are clearly aiming for an extreme Metal crowd and no one else, this is for those into raw Death/Thrash with a killer sound.
A fast tempo seems to be the main trademark of the band. Seldom do they really slow down so if you don’t like constant speedy aggression look elsewhere cause you’ll find no silent marches here (well, there is one at the end of “March Of The Thousand Legions” but...) only death is real and death is sometimes faster and swifter than you think. The songs have solos as tradition would have it, otherwise these guys don’t work too much around melodic sounds but rather concentrate on the more primal aspects of Extreme Metal. Thrash junkies will also have a good time listening to “Deadmeat Disciples” but there’s lots more for the Death Metal Kid to enjoy, like some really fast blastbeat detonations (watch out Nick Barker!!!) causing damaging impact on the listener (see the title track).
Come to think of it, DEATHCHAIN are my biggest surprise so far this year. A very refreshing CD in the genre, I know Death/Thrash is an overpopulated sound but with so many bands going mainstream you’re bound to search for substitutes to eventually replace the once mighty bands that have fallen.
If I’m lying about the fact that DEATHCHAIN does more justice to the Death/Thrash sound than say IN FLAMES or SOILWORK may God strike me mad tomorrow. (Online March 15, 2004)