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Good start, but lacking - 60%

natrix, April 14th, 2004

The Chasm tends to get less experimental and more focused as they go on. This, their first album, shows them at their most experimental, but most unfocused. There are a few hints of the brilliance to come, but overall, it's similar to Orphaned Land's Sahara.
Daniel's voice is fucking crazy on here--alternating between rumbling growls and a totally hysterical scream. Nobody does the hysterical stuff better than Daniel Corchado, that's for sure! Antonio's drumming is okay, nothing special, and the production makes it seem a little sloppy.
The guitar tone is lovely--something between old Black Sabbath, and the synthetic tone on Iron Maiden's Somewhere In Time. This makes the whole album seem spacey and airy, a sharp contrast to From The Lost Year's dense, dirty sound. At some points, the dissonant riffs and odd timing remind me of Voivod, just done in a lot heavier manner.
"Confessions and a Strange Anxiety" is a cool track, the main intro riff being repeated. There's also a strange melody over the verse, and some really spacey guitar over the chorus. "Honoris Lux Infinitus" is a great doom song, probably the best on here. "Awaiting the Day of Liberation" has a really depressing part at the end that totally crushes, after it blasts for most of the song.
The main problem is that the songs are usually long, and contain pretty strange riffs that are a little difficult to digest, even after repeated listens. You'll find parts of songs that are totally cool, but others that just leave you scratching your head. The production makes it seem a little too airy at times, and kills some of the heaviness.
If you're lucky enough to get the version of this with the bonus tracks from The Chasm's first demo, you're in for a treat. The songs from that are much rawer, very dirty, and heavy. It's similar to an Incantation album, perhaps, but with The Chasm's trademark sound. Sure, on one of the songs, they go into a happy little part that sounds like "St. Vitus Dance" from Sabbath's Volume IV, which is really strange and kind of funny. Other than that, the heavy parts are bonecrushing. Totally cool stuff, really dark.
The lyrics are generally good, as I consider Daniel to be rather good at describing his feelings, but they're full of strange grammar and weird word combinations, kind of like an Immortal album. Daniel does, however, express his genious best through a guitar.
The Chasm were destined for something bigger, and you could tell that they had a lot of potential with this release.