ARTIST: CHAOS DOCTRINE
ALBUM NAME: AND IN THE BEGINNING THEY LIED
RELEASE DATE: 25 JUNE 2021
COUNTRY: SOUTH AFRICA
Daniel Burger (DR. D): Vocals
Phil Carstens: Bass & backing Vocals
Alec Surridge: Guitar
Rory Townes: Drums
After reading a bit of the background on this new and exciting album release from Chaos Doctrine, the intro “And in the beginning” definitely sets the tone for an album that is going to be a unique contribution to SA Metal.
After the ominous intro, the album kicks off with Blood Serpent God, featuring Russian female Extreme Metal Vocalist extraordinaire Anna Hel, best known for her work with Moscow’s industrial band CONFLICT and also from Theory Exx. Dr. D’s and Anna’s vocals blend in perfectly to a very well-constructed and powerful song.
Black Friday Bedlam takes me by surprise though, with the clean vocal screaming, it is different, but it fits in well with the fast pace of the song. Featuring Swedish Metal Legend Jörgen Sandström (Entombed, Grave, Torture Division, Krux, The Project Hate) on vocals, this song captures the uniqueness that is Chaos Doctrine.
I absolutely love the slow and eerie pace of the next song called Harlot. It feels dark and here I can really hear how the industrial and thrash/death meet each other at a stellar level. The drums just tie it all together perfectly.
Nocturna Mors furthermore leads the album on a dark and sinister path to the next song Father Grigori, which is also brilliantly done. The Rite and Christ Church Horizon really bring out the band’s Industrial sound, and for a second I almost cannot believe that this is South African Metal, as it is not something you hear every day.
Considering the background story of how documented history was rendered myth, the outro song They Lied provides this unique and very powerful album the best conclusion.
And of course, the bonus cover of Slayer’s “South Heaven” was a pleasant surprise as I am a huge Slayer fan myself. I have heard this song covered before but not with the distinctive approach that Chaos Doctrine brings to the table.
Reviewed by: Amanda Els
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