Review: Chaos Invocation – Reaping Season, Bloodshed Beyond

Artwork courtesy of Susanne.

Chaos Invocation is one of those bands that never fails to amuse me. I remember discovering the band back in 2011 from YouTube suggestion while I was checking their Polish counterpart Oremus. It was a song from the album In bloodline With Snake. The album’s sound was heavily influenced by Watain’s Casus Luciferi, but I was more attracted towards their concept behind the album and the dark, evil atmosphere which made the album very appealing. As I checked their second album Black Mirror Hours, I became a die-hard fan and yes, it’s logical.  Since the mid to late 2000’s, many black metal bands emerged claiming themselves as ‘occult black metal’ or ‘modern black metal’, they obviously had a bit different sound than the second wave. But most of the bands were seamlessly copying the sound of their predecessors OfermodWatain, Nightbringer or Acherontas. However, one of the few bands that stood out to me was Chaos Invocation, with their dark haunting melodies and delusional atmosphere on Black Mirror Hours. Their progressive intent was evident with the complex song structure, scale shifting and singing style. I was really biased over them and the third album was much awaited by me, and the German force have finally released the details on their third full length ‘Reaping Season, Bloodshed Beyond’ which is scheduled to be released on March 10, 2018 via World Terror Committee.

Chaos Invocation matured their sound further with more progressive elements, worked out their sound more detailed and on Reaping Season, Bloodshed Beyond, I can assure they sound like none other than Chaos Invocation. The sound that they developed on this album blends elements from progressive, doom, post metal into traditional black metal, which is different than their previous albums. The multi-layer guitar sounds violent, more black metal like (Chaos Invocation, Ajna Assassin Absolute) or it may even go mellow, post-rock like (To Fathom the Bloodmist, Blackmoon Prayer). The rhythm throughout the album sits on the melodic edge, rapid solos on almost every song indicates how the band evolved with their sound from the orthodox. The singing also incorporates range of vocal styles, from traditional black metal vocals to growling, narration, clean vocals or whispering; on some occasion all these styles fit into single track (The Search of Keys and Gates). I like the atmosphere of ‘Reaping Season, Bloodshed Beyond’ pretty much, as the soundscape is very strong, but not overproduced. Chaos Invocation had a definitive idea on what they had wanted to sound like and put all the instruments and post production works accordingly, resulting in a very solid and original sound.

I am not a good writer when it comes to reviewing an album. But Chaos Invocation put a formidable release that compelled me to write a few words on it. It’s difficult to describe music in sentences, but if you have gone through the above paragraphs and a fan of black metal, you must listen to ‘Reaping Season, Bloodless Beyond’. I cannot judge whether this album should be considered as a Classic or not but this album, is certainly a one of it’s kind. If you buy this album, you won’t be wasting any of your money.

Rating: 9/10.
Release: March 10th, 2018.
Label: World Terror Committee
Lineup:

M. (Vocals)
A. (Guitars, Vocals, Lyrics)
T. (Drums)
S. (Session Bass)

Chaos Invocation: Facebook || Website
World Terror Committee: Facebook || Bandcamp
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