Chaos Breed – Unleashed Carnage

up_041204_chaosbreedChaos Breed are yet another super group, this time from Finland, featuring the vocal talents of Taneli Jarva, Esa Holopainen and Marko Tarvonen on guitar, Olli-Pekka Laine on bass and Nalle Osterman on drums. All the guys in this side project were already a part of the Scandinavian early 90’s death metal eruption, so trying to model Chaos Breed after the early Entombed aesthetic really should be second nature to this bands alumni. From cover to cover and track to track, “Unleashed Carnage” succeeds in emulating the ancient spirit of a genre that used to be fiercely exciting before the blast beat seemed to take precedence over memorable riff work in the creative mind of the modern DM musician. Down tuned guitars and a deeply guttural vocal bark takes the listener and the musicians alike back down the left handed path (pun intended) of nostalgia, so much so, that I felt like I’ve heard a vast majority of these 4 songs (plus an intro) before. Originality seekers will choke upon this bands redundancy. People like me that have had their fill of modern turbo death metal and the lack of “songs” produced by this genres mathematicians, will cast a fond sigh and allow our thoughts to go, “Ahhh… I remember the good old days..”. Obviously barking up the same tree previously (and successfully) scaled by Bloodbath on their mission to resurrect death metal’s days of splendor, one can appreciate Chaos Breed’s spirit and love for this sound, but Bloodbath’s songs were far more memorable. Standing on its own legs, “Unleashed Carnage” is a short, but entertaining listen that could have been far more punishing if the production gave the guitar sound more depth. Good for what it is, but definitely not a mandatory purchase. – Marty

~ by martyworm on January 3, 2009.

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