The Chasm - _Promo 1999_
by: Paul Schwarz (5 out of 5)
Of course it's a little unfair to review this as a demo, since it's really a sampler by a band with two full-length albums under their belt, but I feel that giving exposure to this unusually excellent band is more important than pedantically enforcing "the rules". Daniel Corchado (ex-Incantation/Cenotaph) and his bandmates seem to have lost none of their talent or drive for creating intoxicating atmosphere with a traditional death metal band setup (two guitars, bass, drums and vocals). On the three songs, fronted by an instrumental intro, of this promotional EP, they showcase the same style as was in evidence on their _Deathcult For Eternity: The Triumph_ [CoC #40] record, and while the rage and depth is still very much present in their material, this new stuff is not a big step on from the sound of _DFE:TT_. To be honest, though, a big step on from _DFE:TT_ is not necessary at this point, as the various avenues that record wandered around have yet to be exploited to their full. In any case, the indication is that once the band find a new label (they have left Oz productions and are currently in search of a new deal) and record a new full-length, hopefully with more money and time at their disposal, the results could be pretty spectacular. Here's hoping the right label pick up The Chasm and the band thus get the help they need to take their art to the next level. I wish them all the luck in the world and urge all of you to keep a close eye out for this gem of a band.

Contact: Daniel Corchado, 6240 S. Kedzic Ave. Apt. 204,

(article published 12/10/1999)

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