Twenty years after our inception, on August 12, 2015, Chronicles of Chaos has ceased publication. It is with a heavy heart that we've come to this decision, but the timing seemed right given the changing face of metal journalism. Chronicles of Chaos was always dedicated to thoughtful, long form articles that put more emphasis on quality and insight than on scooping everyone else. We have never had any intention of changing our modus operandi despite the waning interest in reading about music when listening to said music is just a Google search away. We're ending this chapter of our lives with editorials from Gino and Pedro along with opinion articles by current and former writers, reflecting on their relationship with Chronicles of Chaos and its relevance throughout the years. Plans are in place for Chronicles of Chaos to remain online as an archive, in perpetuity, providing free access to over 7,500 articles. Also we'll be leaving open one last email address by which you can contact us, for any reason, going forward. We'd love to hear from you at: coc@chroniclesofchaos.com
Total: 17 articles (latest: August 12, 2015)
Chronicles of Chaos Ceremoniously Closes its Chapter
by: Gino Filicetti (1995-)
I've been struggling for a few days now on how to start this piece and I realized as I write this editorial that Chronicles of Chaos today, at twenty, is older than I was when starting it at eighteen years of age.
And Now for Something Completely Different
by: Pedro Azevedo (1997-)
Twenty years have passed since August 12th, 1995. For eighteen and a half of those years, I have been part of something that ends today. Welcome, then, to the end of Chronicles of Chaos.
Total: 6023 articles (latest: August 12, 2015)
Sarpanitum - Blessed Be My Brothers
On _Blessed Be My Brothers_, the Birmingham-cum-Tokyo trio turn every moment of their third full-length outing into pure death metal gold.
Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls
_Frozen Niagara Falls_ is a sprawling two-disc undertaking that was surely a labor of love for its creator and becomes such a labor for its audience. Nobody undedicated to this project will make it through _FNF_'s nocturnal epic, and that is no indication of fault.
Refused - Freedom
On _Freedom_, Refused sound exactly like who they are -- a rabid, focused hardcore band that has emancipated itself from the ideological constraints of that belligerent style.
Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum
Anaal Nathrakh have never sought forward motion nor appreciated any expectation of evolution. When the human race is destined to consume itself in a slowly disintegrating cycle of autodefecation and remastication, what use is progress?
Author & Punisher - Melk En Honing
If it means getting to see Shone muscle out tracks from _Melk En Honing_, maybe right now is the perfect time to witness that A&P wizardry. _Melk_ is a monster album.
Antigama - The Insolent
Two years on from breakout masterpiece _Meteor_, Antigama return with another punchy landscape-leveler in _The Insolent_.
Abysmal Growls of Despair / The Cold View - Songs of Deepest Skies
_Songs of Deepest Skies_ marks one more attempt by busy humans to cast off the constraints of time and spelunk through what lies beneath. (So, drone and funeral doom it is.)
Faith No More - Sol Invictus
Too often, _Sol Invictus_ feels like it's worth less than its cost or its meager runtime, and worth much less than the heaps of anticipation that piled up in the six years since FNM started playing reunion shows in Europe.
8.5 Ahab - The Boats of the Glen Carrig
9 Arcturus - Arcturian
8 Bell Witch - Four Phantoms
10 Doomed - Wrath Monolith
7 Liturgy - The Ark Work
8 Lustre - Blossom
7.5 W.A.I.L. - II
9 Animus Mortis - Testimonia
7.5 Dawn of a Dark Age - The Six Elements, vol. 3: Fire
7 Et Moriemur - Ex Nihilo In Nihilum
8 Humanity Defiled - The Demise of the Sane
8.5 In Cauda Venenum - In Cauda Venenum
6.5 Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
9 Norilsk - The Idea of North
8.5 Oceanwake - Sunless
7 One Master - Reclusive Blasphemy
9 Origin - Omnipresent
8 Profundae Libidines - El Viaje Definitivo
9.5 Sarpentra - Supernova
9 The Ugly - Decreation
Total: 701 articles (latest: July 22, 2014)
4 Father Merrin - All Is Well That Ends in Hell
4 Deathcult - The Test of Time
2 Deathred - Senses Paramount Flowing Into Darkness
3.5 Human Cometh - Evolution
4 Hello Jackie - Unspeakable Territories
Total: 72 articles (latest: August 12, 2015)
Useless Un-Umlauted Eulogy
by: Alain M. Gaudrault (1995-2004)
The news I received a couple of weeks ago that CoC would exit teenhood straight to euthanasia has since been roiling in my head. I admit, I avoided confirming with Gino that I'd submit some final words because I couldn't have it be trite or glib.
Clutching the Last Orange
by: Adam Wasylyk (1996-2002)
I'm sure wherever Adrian is he's raising a cold beer and devil horns to celebrate what we were all a part of -- the best heavy metal e-zine of all time. And that ain't bias if it's the truth.
Grandfather, Tell Me a Story
by: Matthias Noll (1998-2005)
Who would have doubted that Glen Benton is still plotting Godkill after all these years? See, he's also got a job in the company that Kerry is working for, just another department. Kerry is the guy who employs Gary. Gary is the guy who -is- the band he's not playing with because he's working for Kerry. Just in case you were losing track.
Uncovering the Hidden Gems
by: Chris Flaaten (2000-2010)
CoC and other webzines had a huge impact on my quest to find amazing music, music that is precious to me still, but these days quality reviews are less critical to such exploration than they used to be. It is a different world, but my world would definitely not have been the same if not for CoC. Cheers!
Full Circle
by: Xander Hoose (2002-2006)
For Chronicles of Chaos, it is the end of the road, unfortunately. It's been a great ride and I will miss reading the reviews of my fantastic colleagues. I hope some of you will pop up in other publications (Terrorizer, are you hiring?)
Metal Media's Maceration
by: Todd DePalma (2004-2007)
The fact that its archive from 1995-2015 will remain accessible to visitors is especially valuable at a time when music journalism, in metal particularly, has hit an all time low becoming indistinguishable from record label PR, a time when nothing online will ever again be ad-free, when a publisher's circle jerk can be presented as impartial history.
The Entropy of Discourse (1995-2015)
by: Jeremy Ulrey (2006-2010)
What used to be called "journalism" in the world of heavy metal has slowly succumbed to whoring outrage filter for page hits, but that's not what did CoC in. This was always a review site first and foremost.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
by: Chaim Drishner (2007-)
I listen to this kind of music because it fills my soul with purpose and my being with a sense of value. It's being a part of an intangible counter-culture, an infrastructure, a network of collective hateful misfits.
Remembering My Time With Chronicles of Chaos
by: Mark Dolson (2009-)
It's in writing these words that I get rather sad to see CoC stop after all these years. In some ways I can't believe it (how can the art of writing reviews be dying?), yet in others I can.
The Pristine Library
by: Johnathan Carbon (2010-2012)
Chronicles of Chaos now is a pristine library of record reviews which sits marooned on an island, safe from the passing waves of time. It was the site which allowed me to begin reviewing records, a passion which has only grown while the site faded.
A Brief History of Too Little Time
by: Dan Lake (2012-)
Hell, at least one of us started a long-running scene zine with a buddy for the pure shit of it, back when the Internet was a swaddled infant and all these bands we're now celebrating for their fantastic reunions were still toiling in their vital first lives.
Happy Birthday and Goodbye!
by: Julia Semprich (2015-)
It is amazing how much has changed in those twenty years. Back then, we used to connect to the Internet via dial-up modem which always made these strange electronic sounds, and computers still had these floppy disk drives even though we started to use CD-ROM drives too.
Total: 635 articles (latest: July 22, 2014)
Paramnesia: Coming Out of the Dark
Monolithe: Good Things Come in _III_
Pentagram: It's Never Too Late
Nile: At the Gate of Exhaustion
Wilds Forlorn: On the Heights of Despair
Scott Kelly: The Searcher
Avichi: The Devil's Triad
Judd Madden: Fathoms Below
Wolves in the Throne Room: In the Aftermath
Altar of Plagues: Moving Forward
Total: 237 articles (latest: March 29, 2015)
1349 Trigger the Boredom
Conan / Opium Lord / Bismuth Entranced at Death: They Will Destroy
Scarab / Anarchy A Scriptorium of Death in the Valley of the Nile
Karma to Burn / Desert Storm / Diesel King Don't Talk, Communicate
Pentagram / Gentleman's Pistols Play for All Your Sins
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