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The Chasm
The Spell of Retribution (Wicked World)

By: Mike SOS

The Chasm is a Chicago-based trio by way of Mexico whose gripping death metal stance is glorified on the outfit's debut for Wicked World. The Spell of Retribution is the title of this extreme metal opus, and the 10-track release harkens back to the days when raw metal, such as the introduction of Slayer, The Haunted, and Sepultura to the world, was a monumental metal moment. Menacing and unyielding, songs like "Conjuring the New Apocalypse" exhibit Swedish stomp, late '80s thrash wizardry, and the unfettered feeling of some of the more explorative black metal outfits, yet The Chasm retains its distinct identity throughout the entire disc. While the group plays in a style that has been lost in the metal shuffle for some time now, the uncompromisingly raw and brutal sound's resurgence couldn't find a more thirsty audience than today's, who have been regulated to wading and wallowing in mediocrity. The Spell of Retribution goes one step further than denouncing false metal: it slays it convincingly. A must have metal release.
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