With some thinly veiled elements that resembles metalcore, A Cell Made of Chalk, Coal and Blood is a very distinctive and polished black metal album. Powerful, poetic and filled with a deeply methodical level of brutality – non gratuitous, but profoundly calculated, which is not only brilliant, but reveals a degree of musical seriousness and compromise that is linked with the frame of a consistent work – the album has several beautiful passages and magical moments, that gives the genre an entire new outfit, built upon a proposal that has authenticity as a sonorous mainstay within the band’s musical identity.
Heavy, but melodic at the same time, the album has obscure, melancholic, sad, aggressive, serene and philosophic passages, all perfectly inserted into a genuine composite sound, brilliantly executed at the pace of a marvelous artistic sensibility. Expressively distant of traditional black metal, Ordeathral searched into the nucleus of the genre elements upon which they could work on, perfecting, improving and sculpting the most highlighting and elevating components into a very singular style of music, mainly fulfilled by vivacious and audacious harmonies, delivered almost in an allegorical and classical precision.
An astonishing work, that certainly will surprise and conquer audiences and enthusiasts of the genre, A Cell Made of Chalk, Coal and Blood – despite its fair share of dismissive and monotonous passages – is a very good album. With tracks breathing at the edge of an abyss that seems to be slowly becoming invisible, the music of Ordeathral has interesting peculiarities, that you will hardly see similar in other works of the genre. Sometimes evasive, sometimes explicit, with abundantly obscure as well as impressively delicate moments, this album has everything to acquire the place it deserves in the underground scene. A categorical work, done with sensibility and precision, A Cell Made of Chalk, Coal and Blood introduces into the scene the next major Melodic Black Metal act. Listen yourself, and reach to your own conclusions.