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Chasm's fourth album is no sequel to 'Deathcult for Eternity,' but as that was such a distinctive album, it's probably for the best that the band didn't try to recapture its style. Where its predecessor was innovative, this follow-up is a little more standard in its execution of the death metal style, but is still led by a flawless performance from all hands and some great structural ideas.
The immediate audible difference comes in the production, which moves on from the very thrash-based sound of the previous album to a clearer and louder style more suited to death metal, without being overbearing. This really helps to bring out features such as the bass drums, and helps them achieve equal prominence to the guitars of Daniel Corchado and newcomer Julio Viterbo, whose excellent solos are some of the highlights of the album.
Opener 'Spectral Sons of the Mictlan' is one of the best death metal instrumentals I've heard, opting for a mysterious, melodic approach rather than anything showy, and it works as such a perfect overture that it's almost disappointing to hear the inevitable fast death metal appearing in track two. Every song is great, if a little less distinctive than the band's earlier works, and despite the unfortunate comparisons to its illustrious predecessor, this was still one of the best metal releases from 1999.
1. Spectral Sons of the Mictlan
2. The Scars of My Journey
3. At the Edge of the Nebula Mortis
5. Return of the Banished
6. Cosmic Landscapes of Sorrow
7. Architects of Melancholic Apocalypse
8. Storm of Revelations
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Spectral Sons Of The Mictlan
2 Scars Of My Journey
3 At The Edge Of The Nebula Mortis
5 Return Of The Banished
6 Cosmic Landscapes Of Sorrow
7 Architects Of Melancholic Apocalypse
8 Storm Of Revelations