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Chaotic Upheaval

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Chaotic Upheaval
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: May 12th, 2023
Label: Self Released
Genre: Death, Melodic, Technical
1. Indefinite Continuity
2. Massive Disillusion
3. Conclusion Impromptue
4. Concealed Parasite
5. Waves
6. Bare And Wretched
8. Drained By Remorse
9. The Pure Celestial Being
10. Abstract Entity

Review by Adam M on March 14, 2023.

Chaotic Upheaval is a technical death metal release that recalls the likes of Exocrine with its brash nature. It has the ability to traverse diverse tangents in an interesting fashion. The guitar riffs create a chaotic inferno of noises that is appropriately mixed up. There are jazzy elements to the mix like a heavy use of bass guitars at points. The entire affair is a crafty one that makes use of a number of elements to remain compelling. One can even hear piano, like in the last track 'Abstract Entity', to bolster the songs to higher realms of thoughtfulness. There is a lot to like here and it pushes boundaries with its invigorating nature. 

The musical performances are interesting and thoughtful and constantly push the music forward. The guitars demonstrate the ability to have a wanky nature, yet remain in focus at most points. This showcases the band’s ability to be interesting, yet confined at the same time. The drums are varied and nifty and add a nice backdrop to the remainder of the music. The vocalist is harsh and provides the death metal aspect of the mix mostly. All in all, you will be left breathless by the musical performances of this outfit, as they are compelling to the utmost degree. With a little effort, they could be even more thoughtful than they are. 

The problems with the disc lie in its inability to traverse further into progressive territories. This stems from a progressive sound that is made at a standard that is quite impressive, but could be furthered. The entire affair is quite thoughtful and complex, however and satisfies on a number of levels. If the band put in more effort, they could be phenomenal instead of simply very solid. The music is produced nicely and crisp in nature to back up its hefty musicianship. The entire affair is highly recommended as a progressive metal effort. 

Rating: 7.3 out of 10