CHAOSWEAVER - Enter The Realm Of The Doppelgänger

Chaosweaver - Enter The Realm Of The Doppelgänger

9 songs
48:51 minutes
***** ***


It’s no easy task to describe the musical orientation of Chaosweaver from Finland. Their label tries to label them as cinematic extreme metal, which kind of makes sense on paper. The band was founded in 2004 and released their debut Puppetmaster Of Pandemonium four years later. Another four years went by before they came back with their second album Enter The Realm Of The Doppelgänger, where the band showed that they are really into weird titles. The appealing cover artwork was created by Tiamat founder Johan Edlund.

From a musical point of view, Chaosweaver are quite demanding, and it takes several runs before you get access to the music. The entry isn’t facilitated by the trying two minute piano intro. This is followed by Wings Of Chaos when things really start happening. What is sounding at first like symphonic black metal starts surprising soon after with a strong sense of bombast and great effects that remind me of Mekong Delta. Maelstrom Of Black Light has a similar modus operandi, although it sounds even more extreme. The music comes more from the head than from the guts, which is mostly fascinating but can sometimes feel a little strained. The band puts a lot of emphasis on strange and hard to follow structures, which distinguishes them from more traditional black metal bands. One of the album’s highlights is the nine minute long Infected which starts out slowly before violently erupting, to be followed by many bizarre moments. The guitars even remind of the early Celtic Frost. The band offers a lot of different styles on the album. A Requiem For A Lost Universe is fittingly a very sluggish piece. The concluding Ragnarök Sunset surprises with a female guest vocalist and clean vocal parts which should also appeal to doom and gothic fans.

Chaosweaver have worked hard to add new impulses to the black metal genre. It is laudable that the musicians are open to new ideas and styles, and unafraid to experiment. Most of the time this works in their favour, and if they manage to avoid the occasional cacophonous moments, the future will look very bright indeed for these adventurous Finns.

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