Finland’s death metal duo Desecresy returns this year with their third full length album, Chasmic Transcendence. With their last album, 2012’s The Doom Skeptron being one of my favourite Finnish death metal records of the year, I could hardly wait for more crushing onslaught by Desecresy, and Chasmic Transcendence is the answer to that craving.
If one wondered whether Desecresy could go even slower and heavier after what they presented on The Doom Skeptron, Chasmic Transcendence quickly proves naysayers wrong, and the band is relentless in their aural assault. The Ethereal Bane immediately hit the listener hard, and for whatever speed that they have discarded the band more than makes up for it in heaviness and intensity. Yet not everything goes at a doom pace, as Shattered Monuments comes in fast and rather unexpectedly with the mood and expectations already set up on The Ethereal Bane, yet it is this constant element of surprise throughout the album that makes Chasmic Transcendence an extremely enjoyable album.
Unlike the material on The Doom Skeptron as well, Desecresy takes a slightly different approach this time in their songwriting, with each of the tracks on Chasmic Transcendence often having a shorter length than the material on it’s predecessor, and this certainly works in favour of the band in delivering their dosage of death and destruction to the listener. The thought that the band has put in in creating an album experience is also obvious, and though tracks like The Denied Legacy may be short, they fit in the overall scheme of the album. Autumn of Souls even ends rather softly compared to the chaos that the band presented prior, closing the album on a haunting node, at the same time re-emphasising the focus on the atmosphere on Chasmic Transcendence.
With each of the members coming from the now-defunct Slugathor, the doom influences that they have brought with them are obvious in the songwriting, and apart from the influences from legends such as Incantation, the influences from their compatriots such as Demigod are also easily discernible. The heaviness throughout the album that results also brings to mind bands such as Undergang and Cruciamentum, resulting in a merciless, suffocating atmosphere that lasts the entirety of Chasmic Transcendence.
However, fans of Desecresy‘s previous material, as well as Slugathor need not fret nor worry about Chasmic Transcendence being a less-than-satisfactory album. Despite the slower and gloomier outlook that is on Chasmic Transcendence, the band still ensures that their roots are still present, and fans of the material that they presented on The Doom Skeptron and on Slugathor releases will not be disappointed.