Chemicaust – ‘Unleashed Upon This World’   8 comments

A thrash/death combo, originating from Dallas, Texas, founded in 2013, the concept of Chemicaust was to emulate the 80’s style pre-death metal thrash bands. Inspired by such bands as Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth, Destruction, Kreator and Death, Chemicaust injected a newer twist on those styles.

Chemicaust’s debut 5 track EP was released in 2015, entitled, ‘As Empires Fall’, via Sound Of White Noise Records. Following that, their debut album launched in 2018, through Dark Rituals LLC, entitled, ‘Unleashed Upon This World’. It comprises 9 tracks – 5 re-mastered from ‘A.E.F.’, 3 new tracks and 1 cover of Exodus’, ‘A Lesson In Violence’, containing artwork from renowned artist Ed Repica.

As Empires Fall – Brief public oration intro, before the raging death style thrash crashes onto the scene. Lots of sharp, Slayer-esque riffs, a powerful scattering of vibrato and some decent melodies mutate the song’s flexibility into a sound approaching melo-death. Here’s a band who know how to play with potential.

Vanished – Instant speed riffs take the stage, joined by blackened death vocals and another slice of acute vibrato. Power’s the maxim behind these riffs and the careful placing of the vibrato sections. ‘Vanished’ is really an exercise in the emphasis of power and the arrangement of such, in relation to death/thrash styles.

Human Sacrifice – A sickeningly graphic description of the human sacrifice opens this, as the speaker expresses shock and disbelief at man’s capacity to perpetuate such deeds. Relief hits you, as the pointedly angled music replaces the speech. Not for long, though, as the lyrics continue to repeatedly reinforce the track title, till the pictures are clear in your mind. You could almost say that ‘H.S’. is a rather blatant form of social experiment, into the inducement of shock tactics and their resultant effects.

The Absurd Beautiful Lie – Wild, yet controlled tribal drum beats intro, letting loose the bestial vocals, of primal, animalistic intent. The visual evocations set the scene of the lion’s den and the undoubtedly associated fear and terror, as you visualise, through the vicious vocals and lethal accompaniments, the lions going in for the kill. One thing that can be said for this is that it’s very graphic, violent and bloody, in its aural portrayals.

Incarcerated – Full on, mega watt riff and drum hit intro, leaving no room for doubt. Very gory lyrics again, depicting a strong sense of doom. Mortal terror isn’t too strong a term, taking into account the overall depiction, formed by the terrifying, blood-soaked vocals, dripping with poison, the unrelenting speed and the ominous dark tone of the accompanying instrumentals, crackling with tension and venom. Not for late, dark nights, alone.

Serenity – A blast of blazing drums opens, onto a scene of carnage, with an oddly Anthrax-esque rhythm. Serenity is obviously an irony here. Good speed riff section adds a blitzkrieg of energy, in a Megadeth style. There’s no let-up in the fear mongering lyrics and coupled with the tightly focused closing accompaniments, at lightning speed, there’s a distinctly blackened aura permeating it, insidiously infiltrating the depths of your terror.

Unleashed Upon This World – Massive, battle-esque drum fills intro and the vocals take up the mantle, drenching the track with blood spattered evil. Close to Venom, in the sheer drastic dread and horror of the verbal and visual depictions, it’s a class above many, in its ability to reflect that level of aggression alone. That point is proved, by the stark gothic imaginings displayed and fed by the closing spoken lyrics.

Genocide – Changing tack, to a still dark, but more melodic slant, for a temporary breather, before launching straight back into death focused content. Pure raging terror dominates, as it’s razor edged lyrical reality tears and shreds at your brain. ‘Nightmare On Elm Street”s got nothing on this. It’s a walk in the park, in comparison. Fear instilling trauma territory.

A Lesson In Violence – A blizzard of racing speed riffs intro’s, blazing their way through the fray, as satanic lyrics tease your brain tissue with red hot pokers. Loads of whammy bar involvement creates the final flurry of speeding intensity and theatrical effects, as it hurries to a close. This is definitely a performance example of squeezing every last drop from the kiln.

Overall – It’s safe to say that Chemicaust are on the extreme end of the extreme spectrum! Regardless of whether such extremity is your thing, ‘Unleashed Upon This World’ has to win points for sheer dramatic edge and acuity that would give Venom a run for their money. It’s arguably blacker in sound than most thrash/death combos, but one thing it proves Chemicaust to excel at is making full use of creative licence and then some. Spectacular, scary fright night material, whose deathly echoes would ring in your head indefinitely, ever after.

8/10 ********

For fans of Venom, Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth, Carcass, Satarial, Sacral Night, Votov, Vantablack Warship, Anthrax, Pantera.


Posted March 30, 2018 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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