I really dig bands that fuse musical elements and thus become a poly-hybrid entity. In this case the band in question goes under the moniker of Chosen and originally hailing from Ireland; this extreme metal act has now relocated to BC to further their appeal. Right from the hop though, the duo of Paul Shields (vocals/guitars) and David McCann (drums/percussion) are a formidable combo, crafting solid musicianship into an esthetic of many extremes. They rely heavily on crushing grooves, progressive death metal and polyrhythmic tones to create a distinct sound of dissonance.
At times I recall Meshuggah, Lamb of God, Death and perhaps a dash of Arsis. Although, Chosen is far from being a mere copy of those bands listed here, but instead fuel their core sound with well crafted arrangements and some stunning riffing to put hair on your chest. They have previously released 4 EP’s and now are set to release their debut full length Resolution for metal fans who want their music pushing the boundaries and extending the limits of what is acceptable in the field of melodic death metal.
Resolution is brimming with topnotch performances through and through, while remaining entirely fresh from beginning to end. The relentless approach to tracks like “Mental Clarity,” “Instinct” and “Metaphysical Contradiction” anchor this debut with a fierce proclamation to usher in something completely different. Clocking in at nearly an hour’s length, you won’t find commercial, sterile metal, but instead music that is refreshing and strives to give melodic death metal a shot in the arm. Even the final track on this release “The Departure Lounge” chugs along and is interspersed with chunks full of multi-layered rhythms. The melodic parts kick in about halfway through and it just makes for an interesting listen.
As a duo, Shields and McCann merge uniquely into a singular unit that provides skill, originality and aggression into their core sound. There seemingly doesn’t appear to be a weak song in the bunch and this will make their debut a noteworthy release for a band wanting to be more than the sum of their parts. Surely melodic death metal is the best way to categorize their style, but Chosen strives to be something else and that’s a good thing.
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