From the German Death Metal
trio signed at FDA Rekotz, Chapel
and Sulphur Aeon
are definitely the most “Old
-School” and by a fair margin. Lifeless
may also play OSDM but compared to the raw aggression emanating from Chapel
, they’d sound overproduced.
bands ultimately come to mind when listening to Summoning Black Gods
. One is Death, Scream Bloody Gore
era, and one is Martin Van Drunen. Wait… Martin Van Drunen is not a band? No, Martin Van Drunen is like an institution so think more early Pestilence
. From Scream Bloody Gore
, you’d get Death Metal
that hasn’t yet shed the Thrash Metal
onslaughts. What do you get from Van Drunen? Vocals meant to rape your ears through mortuary shrouds as well as an avalanche of riffing that would please both Mameli and Daniels.
the blatant homage, Chapel
go beyond being mere copycats by actually being able not only to mimic their idols but also to come up with kick-ass songs which will stay with you for a while. Just like from this golden era of Death Metal
, songs are meant not just to be brutal but to actually be songs thought out to move your ass and feet alike. The thrashy imprint makes sure of that adding this welcome “groove” that few bands display nowadays even among the revivalists and with exhilarating riffing and sung choruses as in Exili’s Heritage
you’ll soon be screaming your lungs out while taking a (bloody) shower.
Everything in Chapel
screams efficiency and the band is almost always on the edge of going ballistic. Only just a few times do they slow down, like on the beginnings of Evocation
of the Father or of The Nameless City or on the last longer track The Loved Dead
which add a Doom
Death touch, which, again, is reminiscent of Asphyx
doomier works. Production wise, it’s a fine mix between the cruder Scream Bloody Gore
and the more “sophisticated” Consuming Impulse
. I assume you’ve heard of these records… As for who’s doing nowadays the best impersonation of Van Drunen, Laurent T wins hands down even surpassing Matt Knox of Horrendous
in this particular category.
It’s certainly not the most original record to have been released lately but it’s so well done I cannot not recommend to any OSDM lover out there. Considering its obedience, the change from the Immola/Incanta-tion standard or the Sunlight revival is fine and refreshing as well. Obviously the guys of Chapel
were born 20 years too late but their homage is actually more credible than some of older established bands trying to jump back on the OSDM bandwagon.