Sickening Horror – Chaos Revamped

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label [URL] Pathologically Explicit Recordings
Released: 2020
Buy Album [URL] https://pathologicallyexplicit.bandcamp.com/album/sickening-horror-chaos-revamped
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/sickeninghorror

Band line-up:

George Antipatis – vocals, guitar
Vasilis Antipatis – drums
Orestis Ntomis – bass

Tracklisting:

1. Outburst
2. Fragments Of Time
3. Transmutation
4. Cubical Void
5. Monarch
6. Chaos Revamped
7. Dawn of the Sick
8. Glacial Warfare
9. Loophole
10. Fire Imploded

Review

Technical death metal is a world full longevity, versatility, and experimentation – it is the genre that has shown the world how academically sound musicians can take the most extreme metal genre and turn it into something of exemplary theoretical magnitude.

However, it is also partially responsible for spawning some of the most uptight and smug musicians in the metal scene today and added to the creation of the abomination: Deathcore. This is why I have come to ignore the genre over the years, but every once in a while you get a breath of fresh air from the tech-death world like “Chaos Revamped,” the new album from Greek band, Sickening Horror.

To begin with, none of the songs lasts a great length, nor do they feel the need to show off just how many tempo changes or time signature switches the band can pack into each tune. The group do employ all the right elements for a decent death metal record: blast beats, guttural growls, dense down-tuned guitars and they focus on themes of paranoia and despair.

All this is a good concoction for anyone who loves this sort of sound, and I for one was pleased that this album was not laden with boring breakdowns and screeching grinds which make you want to skip a track. It is quite reminiscent of Job For A Cowboy’s later work after they disowned their deathcore past, and this was another reason for me to feel proud of the Greek scene, for producing good death metal as well as black.

With my bias being quite high nonetheless, I can’t say this album made my spine tingle, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt and say “Chaos Revamped” has the potential to grow on the listener. Greece’s Sickening Horror have revamped my opinion on tech-death a tad, and one hopes it will do the same for any like-minded metalhead reading this.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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