Chosen – Resolution
I’ll be honest and say I’ve never heard of these lads and to try and find out info on them was pretty taxing, but after some trolling on the net, I was rewarded with their website details (which is http://www.chosen.ie/ by the way) anyway, onwards and in to the depth of metal I go.
They say and I quote “Drawing influence from distinctive groups such as Death, Meshuggah, Gojira, Cynic, and Nevermore” which may or may not be accurate. I know it’s easier if you know where a bands metal roots lie before you listen, to give you an idea of what to expect but I like the surprise of that first listen. However the Nevermore influence is more apparent to me than anything else; their sound of epic, melodic, almost doom style riffs in a traditional sound, but without the vocals. Chosen have added more impact to the vocals and I suppose in more keeping with Meshuggah and Gojira, which would round up that assessment of sound. Anyway I’m here to add my own angle to what this band has to offer rather than the similarities to their influences and if you listen to this album without any previous knowledge of the afore mentioned influences, be prepared to have your world rocked.
Resolution f**king rocks! That is all that needs to be said on the music sense. Perhaps acknowledgement should be paid to the Irish duo that created it, but we’ll assume they get that from the praise the album is receiving here. It’s a fine compendium of riffs, drums, guttural vocals, mixed to a sweet perfection of momentous ear bashing. The production is very well executed and the mix sees the layering of instruments to give a nice wall of sound. If I were to equate this band to anyone or another album it would be Paradise Lost and in particular, their Draconian Times album. How’s that for specifics and I f**king love that album, but Chosen have a more modern sound about them, a polished edge in the metal world that is both heavier and more technical than the Paradise Lost album, but gives you an idea.
In summary then; it’s Irish, it’s heavy and it’s metal and you need nothing more to sit back and have the grey matter dusted off with some chunky riffs and eloquent metal mastery.