(9/10) Cologne-based Chapel Of Disease took three years for working on their third album ‘…and as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye’. If there would be an award for the longest album title, the Germans would be for sure a nominee and they would have a big chance of becoming the winner. But this doesn’t count and it’s the music that makes the difference and in this case, it sure does. This new power strike from Cologne comprises of six songs, none of them being shorter than 6 minutes.
The band’s first album via Van Records is a great one. Chapel Of Disease is still into death metal, but the album is built on more influences and sources of inspiration. I short glimpse on the label info text shows …, and it describes things in a good fashion. There are moments on ‘…and as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye’ that aren’t expected of a death metal band. The slow and melancholic ‘1.000 Different Paths’ is one of them, referring more to the 70’s influences than harsh metal. The song comes without growls and reminds me more of the current Opeth sound than of brutal death metal.
Next to ‘1000 Different Paths’ ‘…and as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye’ contains songs that sound like a death metal version of Fields Of The Nephilim. ‘Songs of the Gods’ belongs to this category as well as closer ‘The Sound of Shallow Grey’ and a comparison with Tribulation is partly valid also. The fourpiece from Cologne merges these different genres in a great fashion and it’s songs like ‘Oblivious – Obnoxious – Defiant’ that balance with blackened death metal.
What I like with this album are the songs, but it’s mainly the creative approach and thinking that allows the band to cross borders without being afraid of the new. ‘…and as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye’ is an excellent album and belongs to my favorites in 2018.
- Void of Words
- Oblivious – Obnoxious – Defiant
- Songs of the Gods
- 1.000 Different Paths
- The Sound of Shallow Grey
Label: Van Records
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date EU: November 23rd, 2018