Written by: Blackie Skulless
Coming from the hot plains of Corona, California, are a death metal outfit known as Masochist. They only have this one release from a couple years ago, but they appear to be alive on the horizon. Chaos Of World Possession is the title of the EP, and early on they display a strong ear for groovy chops. It’s also pretty concise for the stage that it’s in.
That of course helps and hurts. Usually I have a tougher time with cleaner death metal. The drumming comes through in a vibrant manner because of their crushing speed, but it can sometimes feel less-than organic because of the sheer clarity. Vocally, it takes a bit of a hit as well for the same reason. Thankfully, neither thing really stops it from being pleasing overall. It also on the other end helps because of how nicely you can pick up on this mean riff machine.
Ultimately this is why I’m still a big fan of Chaos Of World Possession. “Genocide” sold me almost immediately because of how groovy the lead guitars are. The vocals also fit alongside very well, which was the icing on the cake. I also love the slowed aesthetic of “Imperial Spawn” looped with tremolo-loaded bridges. General ideas here for construction and lyrics, such as in “Xenophobia” truly make an impression. The title-mentioned chaos and possession is portrayed well.
Maybe I’m being a bit picky with the production affecting the drums and vocals, but I suppose that’s the glory of the vast pool of death metal influences. Some may see these things as an enhancement, some won’t. But getting to the meat of this? Riffs, riffs, and more riffs! That’s what I’m here for, and it’s a super fun tape to throw in here and there.
Masochist - Chaos Of World Possession was released (physically) February 26, 2021 via Rotted Life, and originally released March 20th, 2019.
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