Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chaos Inception - The Abrogation (2012)

If one were to distill the most aggressive, violent, virulent aspects of occult death metal titans like Morbid Angel (pre-lobotomy, of course), Behemoth, Nile, and Hate Eternal, mix them together with a bit of demon blood, and pour a shot, then light it on fire, the pestilent mixture you’d inevitably puke up the next morning might look something like Chaos Inception. This is the 2nd release from these Alabama boys, but if there’s any trace of the obligatory inbred deficiencies one inevitably levels at anything originating from ‘the heartland’, they sure don’t show up here. Clearly trumping the debut, The Abrogation is a slab of driving, intelligent, dark as fuck death metal that will cut you to shreds and poison your soul. You know… if you’re into that sort of thing.

I haven’t heard such a dense block of pure, unwavering strength in quite awhile, as there are roughly 80,000 riffs packed into these 30 minutes. The amount of stuff happening on a moment to moment basis is often more dynamic and interesting than many bands can achieve in minutes, and the pace never relents. These songs are short, sweet, and utterly fucking violent, barreling along with abrasive, pummeling force, and every riff feels like the rumbling magic spell from an ancient, pissed-off demigod. Not to mention the leads, short spiraling bursts of notation that will blow your mind 50 times before breakfast, needling attacks of primeval fury that add immensely to the already mind-melting value of these frantic compositions.

A nice change of pace, the bass is not only clearly audible, but matches the creativity of the guitars, bubbling off into similarly noxious tangents of speedy, bulbous notation. These complex lines are a perfectly ridiculous companion to the similarly inhuman drum performance, an unchained stream of dark, blasting energy to support the poisonous whirlwinds of riffing, all aspects coagulating together to create a hellish vortex that stops at nothing to obliterate and desecrate our feeble, feeble world. The growling, rasping vocals are going to sound familiar to anyone knowledgeable of this style, but they’re as strong as anyone’s, adding even more filthy, uproarious anger to this inferno. I also really like the lyrics, a set of ancient, occult summonings that add even more weight to the percussive, venomous punch of the bands delivery.

In case you couldn’t tell, I really like Chaos Inception. They’re one of the best bands I’ve heard (out of seemingly hundreds) that attempt to modernize the ancient, writhing force of early Morbid Angel, infusing aesthetics from a variety of innovative death metal acts of today, and owning the absolute shit out of the result. The completely unyielding nature of The Abrogation is similar in approach to black/death aspirants Angelcorpse, but to infinitely better effect. True, by nature, the audience for something like this is going to be somewhat limited, and the barbarous pacing will likely put off all but the most stalwart of death metal mavens, but you know what? Fuck it. Separates the men from the boys, is what I say.

The Abrogation is one of the most consistent, satisfying bludgeonings I’ve experienced all year, and though its vision and inherent dynamic impact are by nature pretty limited, it stomps all in its intended path to dust and burns the remains, all the while laughing maniacally beneath its torn, blood-stained black robes, an apocalyptic wraith of singular mind and intent. Do you fear the reaper, son? Well let’s see how much you fear him when he levels a rocket launcher directly at your ugly, trembling, stupefied face.

8.5 / 10 - Your Flesh Will Know My Blade