Chastisement - _... But Lost We Are_
(Independent, 2000)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
Rather enjoyable half-hour long self-financed album from Sweden, this one. Based on melodic death, with a few thrash guitar elements at times and occasional somewhat Meshuggah-like riffs, Chastisement's music is certainly varied, dynamic and entertaining throughout. With the simple but effective production staying out of the way, the band shows good technical skill and ability to keep the listener interested, with songs such as "At the Garden of Eden", the title track and "Life Denied" standing out. Riffs, rhythm and vocals frequently vary in style throughout the record, and one of Chastisement's main qualities is precisely that doing so helps them avoid stagnation -- which is very useful as their sound itself is not particularly complex and atmosphere is not something the band seems to worry about. Of course the other side of the coin is usually loss of consistency or some of the styles not working properly, but Chastisement generally avoid falling into any major traps in both cases. The price, by the way, is supposed to be "around 10 to 12$".


(article published 12/8/2000)

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