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Album Review: Chaoseum - 'The Third Eye'

Dark progressive heavy melodic nu metal/metalcore band Chaoseum releases their third atramentous, vehement, and destructively atmospheric release, The Third Eye.



Chaoseum is one of those Swiss nu-metal/metalcore bands that constantly break barriers with each release. Coming off of their powerfully heavy first album release, Second Life, Chaoseum takes things to another level with their second atramentous, vehement, and destructively atmospheric release, The Third Eye.


Catastrophic and crushing tracks such as "My Wonderland" and "Welcome Home" continue to uphold the record's sharp, resonant, and mammoth-like presence. With multi-faceted colossal and dulcet instrumental energy that transcends any experience heard on this record previously, Chaoseum delivers a decadent adventure worthy of its praise.

From the beginning, Chaoseum makes a commanding entrance with the first atomically orchestral moment, "I, Sexy Zombie." Chaoseum provides a mountain-defying heaviness that adroitly interweaves with gorgeous symphonic moments, making for a great introduction to the many monumental moments that lie ahead in this massive listening experience, displaying a matured creative range and control that the band has cultivated in this first experience.

"Unreal" keeps things tenebrous and aggressive, with guitar riffs and percussive energies that go straight for the jugular. Keeping in strides with the relentless grinding guitar lines the band has always been praised for, Chaoseum capitalizes on these aspects, showing rather quickly why they are becoming a fan favorite in the metalcore scene.

In somewhat of a rare fashion, "Dance On My Grave" takes a different kind of spirited turn and makes things dynamically interesting with its metalcore and pop-infused influences that makes for a fun and distinct listening venture.

"The Third Eye" takes us down another progressively dark and ceremonial ethereal juncture as the atmosphere is rich, dissonant, and intrusive as it punches its way through to a vividly sonorous moment, "Fly Away."

Catastrophic and crushing tracks such as "My Wonderland" and "Welcome Home" continue to uphold the record's sharp, resonant, and mammoth-like presence. With multi-faceted colossal and dulcet instrumental energy that transcends any experience heard on this record previously, Chaoseum delivers a decadent adventure worthy of its praise.

"Until The End" is poignant and compelling, bringing us to scathing finale track closers, "Santum Cinerem" and "What If." The Third Eye concludes on a beautifully written note, with unapologetically massive instrumentality juxtaposed by stunning moments of tranquility wrapped within.

The Third Eye is an excellent record that has surpassed the expectations of any releases that have come before it. While Second Life demonstrated that this band was capable of great things, The Third Eye opened a completely new door for them. Second Life may have launched them into the star's orbit, but The Third Eye transports them to another universe.



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