Written by: Blackie Skulless
Chemicide are an interesting bunch of Costa Rican thrashers. They grew on me a lot because I thought their first album Episodes Of Insanity was incredibly boring and generic. But as they progressed, they got better. Inequality is their third effort, which dropped last year, and I see this as the band finding their sound. They capitalized on blending this aggressive attitude on world injustices and corruption, which made for an awesome outcome.
Part of this growth was figuring out how to utilize repetition for stronger bridges and setting the mood. “Conditioned Liberty” utilizes this with looping solos, pressing harder kicks and lashes to follow that. On the smoother side of things, we also get songs like “Altered Reality” that drive the repetitive licks into a rhythm-dense tune. That then allows room for more vocal clarity, which has such a nasty snarl. This song in particular has a rather steady backbone, so it’s a neat contrast.
Clashing with this instrumentation breakthrough is the way the vocals adjust to fit the attitude, breaking Chemicide from the standard stuff you find all the time. Some areas get as harsh as early Kreator, blended with the higher ranges of Tantara. The only complaint is the occasional backing growl that hardly fits, feeling a bit overbearing. Looking back at “Altered Reality,” you get a taste for all of this early on.
But Inequality is capable of holding even more than that. “Paralysis” is a fun instrumental that relies on softer crawls, and is an instrumental that allows the rhythms to jump around. This is also apparent in the closer “Rebellion Manifesto,” as the synth fade-in and whining guitars leave a strong impression. It’s quite groovy, and it even rides off on a Dimebag-esque solo. “State Of Emergency” is such a banger as well, breaking the disc in half by delivering a short song that touches breakneck speeds.
It really didn’t take long for this record to grow on me. After starting with the first disc, I didn’t go into it with high hopes, but last year they managed to come full circle and suck me right in. If you’re someone who digs strong songwriting that doesn’t need intricate patterns to make sharp hooks, then you’ve come to the right place!
Chemicide - Inequality was independently released Sept. 2019
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