W.T.C. Productions, 10.03.18
Germany is known for its myriad of metallic expressions. The black fauna is no exception in Central Europe's metallic melting pot.
Germany may not have a distinct national expression to show for, but the quality is steadily high.
So also in the case of Chaos Invocation.
The band has already delivered in a most approved fashion a few times, in the form of the debut In Bloodline with the Snake (2009), and the sequel Black Mirror Hours (2013).
Let's begin with the line-up changes that the constellation has gone through.
Vocalist M., who has briefly been a part of Bethlehem, and guitarist A., who also plays in the band with the sarcastic name Ave Maria, constitutes the hard core. Italian Tumulash is the band's new bass player. He also plays in the bands Kult and Tumulus Anmatus, in addition to having helped out a few more renown acts live. On drums, we find Gionata Potenti, also known as Thorns, who in some cases, as here, also operates under the pseudonym Omega. The man's merit list is long. It should be enough to mention bands like Blut aus Nord, Frostmoon Eclipse and Acherontas, to imply that we're talking percussionist with experience.
Reaping Season, Bloodshed Beyond, sees Chaos Invocation calm down somewhat, in favour of a more atmospheric approach with light progressive architecture. The guys haven't become soft over the years, however. The vocal is more spoken, but the monologue is characterized by a voice distorted by disgust. In line with the guys' more progressive behaviour, we also find different vocal styles. Amongst other plagued and tormented clean vocals in Blackmoon Prayer. The album is done in English, but there are exceptions. The prominent mother tongue in Obsession Is Always the Answer, clearly shows how well the German language in fact works for pitch black purposes.
A mood of loss, resignation, obsession and madness rests over Reaping Season, Bloodshed Beyond. This swirling downward spiral leaves the listener dizzy and directionless. The protagonist, to the extent that something like that exists in this theatre of maddened horror, seems to have trouble distinguishing between reality and imagination. And he seems to gradually favour the latter. The feeling of flowing through this otherwise closed and inaccessible psychotic world of schizophrenic delusions, is omnipresent on this 53-minute journey.
Less than three minutes long Bloodshed Beyond seems to to give a little sorely needed peace of mind after an unnerving journey, but the song Ajna Assassins Absolute follow up by tearing out your nerve fibres, only to leave you dangling after them like a marionette. You are thereby forced to dance feverishly, like a mindless puppet, to the devil's “tritonal” poem, until you faint of exhaustion.
Black riffing, breathless percussion, shattering rasping and intricate structures, bathed in a pleasingly insane atmosphere and dynamic euphony, is what Chaos Invocation offers. And I enjoy every second. Rating: 5