CHESTCRUSH - VDELYGMIA - Reviewed By A Different Shade Of Black Metal Zine! Sunday May 16 2021, 12:26 PM
CHESTCRUSH - VDELYGMIA - Reviewed By A Different Shade Of Black Metal Zine!

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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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Press Release: 

“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.

Release credits:

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)

Press clips:


  "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" 
-Purgatory Reviews 

"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


Band links: 


Past features: 

VM Underground zine -


Transcended Music Blog -


Death By Hammer Zine  -


Independent Metal Reviews -

 The Metal Gamer Blog– (this is just a mention)

Musipedia Of Metal 

Blog -

Dead –

Purgatory reviews –

Metal Trenches YouTube - - -

Ken’s Death Metal Crypt Youtube -

Chris French -

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