It's a bit strange when you realize that there's actually twenty-five years of experience on this album but it still sounds as old school as it can get. Both music and sound quality breathe the atmosphere of old Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and (very) old Sepultura. This doesn't have to be a
problem by the way, on the contrary. It's this raw, unpolished sound that gives this album a lot of
For the main part of the five songs on this album, we're dealing with brutal death metal. However,
Ritual Chamber doesn't seem to mind to incorporate some blackened elements along with some funeral doom influences. This indeed means that blast beats and technical riffing alternate with slow, melancholic passages. Yet all of them are drenched in this filthy, brutal and raw sound that every old school death metal fan loves.
So, to conclude, this half hour debut is an excellent piece of work. It's haunting, crushing and
highly destructive and has a lot of variation. Yet, it also feels like the ending of a chapter and a
beginning of an evolution. Dario D. is a talented and experienced musician, that's for sure. I have a feeling that this solo project has a lot more up his sleeves and that we can expect some surprising stuff in the future.
But for now, let's all drown in the soiled, maggot infested pool of malignancy that Ritual Chamber has created and bang our heads until they decide to leave this rotting pile of flesh we still dare to call 'our bodies'.