CHAOSBREED is basically another Scandinavian supergroup and this one plays old school Thrash/Death Metal, with little melody, plenty of power and a huge DISMEMBER/SÉANCE/THE CROWN influence. The band is composed of vocalist Taneli Jarva (THE BLACK LEAGUE, ex-SENTENCED), guitarists Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) and Marko Tarvonen (MOONSORROW), bassist Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI) and drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF).
The title of the CD pretty much sums up what the band sounds like. They play Thrash influenced Death Metal and play it the way it was always played. These guys aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel. They’re playing their hearts out and having fun.
Now the music is fast, thrashy and catchy, very akin to THE CROWN (out of the Scandinavian Death scene, they are the band I’m most familiar with). It attacks forward and blisters everything in its path. Another cool aspect is the (relative) simplicity of the riffs, so the power is not lost in all the notes. The speed is that of a Thrash Metal record, going at rather fast speeds (most of the time), yet the drums never (thank Heavens!) do blast beats. The focus of this band is on the almighty guitar riff and it works.
I have to make a comment about “Faces Of Death”. It sounds and feels too close to SLAYER’s “Dead Skin Mask”. From the opening dissonant guitar lines that is played separately on each speaker, then the variation on the riff, where both guitar play the same thing and the vocalist sings (and the vocals are delivered a lot like the SLAYER song), to the tempo of the song…….I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but I hope it was a little tribute to one of Metal’s best songs and most influential bands.
I do think that the record is a bit too long, because “Shitgrinder” is weak compared to the rest of the album, so it should have been omitted and “An Evil Eye” is a missed attempt at Doom Metal and it just doesn’t work because the guys aren’t able to write a slow song that goes for over 6 minutes yet grabs your attention, after hearing an entire album that goes at nearly top speed.
A good album (would have been great if the two aforementioned songs were not on it) that gives hails to the early 90s Death Metal. If you’re expecting innovation, don’t get this. If you’re expecting a release to give you a head banging good time, this is it! (Online June 27, 2004)