CHESTCRUSH - VDELYGMIA - Reviewed By A Different Shade Of Black Metal Zine ! Check it out here at this link: https://darkdoomgrinddeath.blogspot.com/2021/05/chestcrushvdelygmia2021-cd-review.html
Chestcrush are a duo from Scotland that plays a mixture of black, sludge, post, death metal and grindcore and this is a review of their self released 2021 album "Vdelygmia" which will be released in July.
Drones start off the album while stringed instruments and whispers can also be heard briefly before going into a heavier direction. Elements of sludge metal are also added into the slower sections of the songs along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a great amount of brutal sounding blast beats and grindcore influences.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while distorted sounding noises are also added into some parts of the recording. Death metal growls are also utilized at times along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a small amount of melody also being added into some of the guitar riffing. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a 90's underground metal style as well as some tremolo picking also being added into some of the faster riffing and as the recording progresses small touches of post metal can also be heard. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover the violence and political situation in Greece.
In my opinion Chestcrush are a very great sounding mixture of black, sludge, post, death metal and grindcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this duo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Digester" "Theocracyst" "Skullcrush" and "Vaptizetai O Doulos". 8 out of 10. - A Different Shade Of Black Metal Zine
Release title: VDELYGMIA
Release date: July 14, 2021
Blackened Death Metal / Sludge / Grind
FFO: Black Curse, Vermin Womb, Full Of Hell, Primitive Man, Caustic Wound, Body Void, Ulcerate, Amnutseba, Celeste, Resin Tomb
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“Vdelygmia” is the second release and first full-length by Edinburgh’s Chestcrush, the solo project by Evangelos Vasilakos . The Greek-born musician has recently published his first demo that received praises from underground metal community and was then physically released by two European labels and sold out quickly afterwards. On this demo, Chestcrush presented their unique and crushing style of Blackened Death Metal and Grindcore, influenced by raging Old School Black Metal and a shattering Sludge / Post Metal. And now the time has come for the world to witness “Vdelygmia” in its utterly terrifying yet fascinating might.
On “Vdelygmia” Chestcrush reduces melodic influence on a necessary amount, and sets its focus on total sonic annihilation of a listener with vast and severe arsenal of sound weaponry of cover bombing blast beats, napalm burning guitar riffs and blood chilling war cries. Nine anthems of terror and hate lyrically devoted to coping with own mental and physical health tragedies (the band name chosen for a reason) and unbearable abhorrence to the current political situation in Evangelos motherland Greece.
Title “Vdelygmia” is a Greek word originally spelled “ Βδελυγμία“ which means “abomination”, “filth” and “repulsion” of extreme levels and can be used both to define the feeling and a person, who is sorely corrupted and depraved. And this title completely reflects the musical part of the album which is so beautifully disgusting, violent, horrifyingly brutal and stunningly ugly as a nearly perfect Blackened Death Metal / Grindcore album can be.
Evangelos Vasilakos – Compositions, guitars, bass, lyrics, programming
Thomas Blanc – Vocals (Thomas has sang for Helioss, Celestial Swarm among others)
Krzysztof Klingbein – Drums (Krzysztof has played for Vader, Hate, Deathspawn among others)
Front cover and inner cover by PLA.G.U.E
Skull by CVSPE
Design by Aleh Zielankievic
Mixed and mastered by Ben Jones (mixed Vacuous, Meth Leppard, Greed among others)
"The massive riffs all but swirl themselves around you in chaos."
"Feeling unsettled but you don't have the gall to change it or turn it off"
"Fusing elements of Black Metal and Sludge into the mix to make something nightmarish and heavy"
"Black metal malevolence before erupting into death metal chaos"
-Musipedia Of Metal
"Beautifully guttural and gloriously brutal"
"Ugly, disturbing and depraved"
- Metal Trenches
"The band's name does the music justice, this is crushing your very bones!"
- The Metal Gamer
"This is a violence you can feel, 4 quick tracks that just keep hitting till the end"
- Independent Metal Reviews
"Τhe weight of their music will crush your mind and soul"
- Death By Hammer Webzine
VM Underground zine - https://www.vm-underground.com/review/chestcrush-demo-june-2020-demo/
Death By Hammer Zine - https://death-by-hammer.blogspot.com/search/label/Chestcrush
Independent Metal Reviews - https://www.facebook.com/Independent-METAL-Reviews-102335898393089/
The Metal Gamer Blog–https://themetalgamerblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/24/albums-of-the-month-august-2/ (this is just a mention)
Musipedia Of Metal
Dead Rhetoric.com – http://deadrhetoric.com/features/sifting-through-bandcamp-september-2020/
Purgatory reviews – https://www.instagram.com/p/CFNv_6upIqi/
Metal Trenches YouTube - https://youtu.be/fZYw0V9ViiU?t=636
Metalnoise.net - https://metalnoise.net/2020/08/review-demo-by-chestcrush
Ken’s Death Metal Crypt Youtube - https://youtu.be/wecmP6fnN0w?t=253