DEATHEVOKATION - The Chalice of Ages
Released: February 1st, 2007 | Label: Xtreem Music | Rating: 7/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Xtreem Music

01. Rites of Desecration
02. Acherontic Epitaph
03. The Monument
04. Embers of a Dying World
05. The Chalice of Ages
06. Infinity Blights the Flesh
07. Carrion
08. Chunks of Meat
09. As My Soul Gazes Skywards

Deathevokation is a band that is strongly influenced by old school death metal from back when Morgoth, Autopsy and Dismember still was fairly green. There are many references and similarities with old Bolt Thrower, Unleashed and Asphyx in the music. Deathevokation is able to add their own trail in the music despite the obvious similarities with the aforementioned. Brutal blastbeats and ultra fast elements is not something you'll find on The Chalice of Ages, on the contrary. The music is mostly very heavy and relatively slow, but the band does know how to lift the pace once in a while. Again it's a thing like this that make it impossible to ignore the references to Bolt Thrower, in particular.

Deathevokation tries to capture both the feel and sound from the late 80's and early 90's. To a great degree they do this with success, but some of the songs are a little too long and this contribute to The Chalice of Ages getting a little tiring after some listens. It's a shame as the music is well written and also for the most part quite varied. It's apparent that Deathevokation know their death metal history. The band include an almost spot on rendition of Antropomorphia's "Chunks of Meat". If you're tired of how genderless some death metal sounds nowadays then The Chalice of Ages is highly recommendable. It doesn't get much more old school than this.

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