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The Chapter : Angels & Demons

Perhaps too eclectic to really put a genuine Doom message across, The Chapter's first full-length falls a little short.

'Angels & Demons' is the first full-length release of Portuguese band The Chapter. They are seeking a label for their album and thus have sent out copies to be reviewed. I have to admit that I'm not entirely sure why they sent one to doom-metal.com, however, because this really isn't what I would call a Doom release.

Indeed, on the note included from the band, they state that it's "from Progressive Metal to Death Metal with some influences of doom, goth, and heavy metal". I largely agree with their assessment, and that's a bit of a kick in the teeth for me because I don't listen to Progressive Metal nor Death Metal on a regular basis, thus making reviewing of their release challenging, to say the least. Suffice to say that the Doom elements are few in number! Still, let's see how we get along, shall we?

My first impression from this album is that the band are messing around with too many genres at once. It takes a lot of skill to be able to successfully cross genres on one release without losing any quality. In my opinion, The Chapter have not managed to be one of the exceptions. For example, at times, you can hear some decent melodies on 'Angels & Demons', not to mention some good solos. However, then the band drifts into cheap-sounding music a la Cryptic Wintermoon. Sometimes they sing, sometimes they growl, and sometimes it's female vocals rather than male, the latter of which is where I assume they get the "goth" influence from because I can't find anything else on this release which relates to Gothic music. To me, it all feels a bit rushed. Is it another case of a band that has spent too many years catering for pub-goers at live events? This music certainly wouldn't bother me if I were listening to it live.

On an album, however, it sounds a lot weaker to me. They attempt to keep things moving at all costs; there's no subtlety fused within the walls of intensity. Instead of feeling blown away by such, however, I feel a little confused. It's like a myriad of breakdowns and changed minds rather than a completed composition, 'Angels & Demons'. I've not heard anything that I'm unhappy with in terms of technicality but their song structures leave a lot to be desired.

I'm not sure what else I can say about this album, really. It's not my cup of tea at all. I daresay people who appreciate the technical side of things better than I do will find some merit on this album but it's hard for me to believe that song structures such as these would appeal to anybody because they don't seem to go anywhere. I'm afraid that 'Angels & Demons' just isn't for me, in spite of the odd "Doom" influence.

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Reviewer's rating: 5.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Angels & Demons
2. Shattered Emotions
3. Aenima Vipera
4. Librarian (Sorrow In Extinction)
5. For A Ghost
6. This Scar
7. To Live For
8. The Past Is Dead

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-05-07 by Ian Morrissey
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