Friday, September 14, 2012

Review: Chainsaw - Under a Pale Sun Cadavers Rot

The Chainsaw in reference to this review come from Mexico and are fronted by artist/drummer Joel Sanchez, who did the artwork for both the Villi Thorne and Volumes of Sin logos on this site. They formed in 2008 and released their debut full-length album, Zombie Holocaust, the following year. Now finally, after many delays and an agonizing three year wait period, this brutal band have released a follow up. What carnage awaits in the midst of Under a Pale Sun Cadavers Rot? Special thanks to the band for providing a digital download copy of this release for review!

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: September 2012
  1. Merged in Doom
  2. Innocence Lost
  3. Repulsive Tendencies
  4. Psychotic Surgery
  5. Decay and Pestilence
  6. Guts Full of Vermin
  7. El Diablo
  8. Valley of the Grotesque (Bonus)
Total Playtime: 23 minutes, 52 seconds







Rating: 9.0/10





The Chainsaw in reference to this review come from Mexico and are fronted by artist/drummer Joel Sanchez, who did the artwork for both the Villi Thorne and Volumes of Sin logos on this site, and vocalist/guitarist Dannov. The group formed in 2008 and released their debut full-length album, Zombie Holocaust, the following year. Now finally, after some line-up changes and many delays that resulted in an agonizing three year wait period, this brutal band have released a follow up. What carnage awaits in the midst of Under a Pale Sun Cadavers Rot? Special thanks to Chainsaw for providing a digital download copy of this release for review!

I'm not really sure what led Chainsaw to become categorized as just death metal, maybe that pertains to their previous release and they went a different direction with album or it's just due to their own classification... but without having heard Zombie Holocaust at the time of writing this, I can't say for certain. Either way, what we have here are twenty four minutes of gore-soaked ecstasy delivered in a raw grindcore fashion with a twist. The production on Under a Pale Sun Cadavers Rot is fairly raw, it leaves a humid layer of fuzz over the instruments and gives the vocals a bit of extra grit and grime in the process. The quality of this album doesn't hinder the experience or material, alternatively it provides a darker feel to the music itself.

"Merged in Doom" tears the album open like a hacksaw ripping through flesh and bone and immediately the listener is met with an onslaught of thrilling guitar riffs and pulverizing double bass drumming. There's no turning back once you've crossed this threshold, you're thrust into madness and held captive from the first pig squeal to the final chord. The guitar in this content is simplistic, mostly using a handful of chords per song, but always seem to end up landing on addictive riffs. Sometimes tremolo picking comes into play, like on the song "Guts Full of Vermin", but as a general rule the content sticks to a palm muted structure with some ring outs and clear strums.


Looking into the lyrics, Chainsaw paint a world covered in blood and convey a heavy distaste for humanity while maintaining a sadistic perverseness. Most of the lyric subject matter intertwined with the use of two varied vocal elements, one being deep gutterals with pig squeals and the other having a higher pitched black metal tone, share a similar style to bands like Cattle Decapitation and Gorerotted. Both sets of vocals are powerful and have the ability to play off one another as they exchange verses. Constant switch ups like this grab the listener by the ears, refusing to let any attention span wander. While the listener is given a great taste of the vocal capabilities in the first song, "Innocence Lost" has one of the longest and best squeals of the album that is second only to the squeals featured on "Decay and Pestilence". "Guts Full of Vermin" and "El Diablo" show off just how gutteral and diverse the vocalist can get as he accents each bass kick in one of the main segments on each respective track.

Last but not least, the drumming is outstandingly creative and doesn't take on the tone of 95% of kits found in metal records today. Instead, the drummer works with a lighter kit such as what would be found in old, underground thrash and grind. Thrown into the mix are unrelenting double bass drums that gives Under a Pale Sun Cadavers Rot the heaviness that it needs, but they don't just machine gun themselves through each and every track. Instead the drums work with a large variety of original beats, patterns and ingredients to deliver a chaotic flurry. On tracks like "Guts Full of Vermin" and "El Diablo" the drums show flexibility with fluid tempo changes that turns the songs from raging hot to deathly cold within a matter of seconds. "Valley of the Grotesque", the bonus track, is an odd mash-up of different styles but the drumming on this track is inhumanly vigorous and is a true testament to the skills contained by the drummer.

Under a Pale Sun Cadavers Rot is a splatter house of depravity that will grip and suck you in from the moment you press play. Chainsaw as a whole create elaborate compositions that leave no gaps and hardly any flaws, the few being in some minor word errors here and there but these errors are pale in comparison to the savagery found within this content. Worthy mentions of this album are "Merged in Doom", "Innocence Lost", "Repulsive Tendencies", and "Guts Full of Vermin". Hands down, one of the best of 2012. If you haven't yet checked out Chainsaw, visit the band's Official Facebook for info on how to get your hands on this release!



Digital Download Provided by: Chainsaw

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