posted by: Bayonetwork on 12 December 2008
Things have been going fast for this Dutch metaloutfit. They started out in 2006 and within the first year they already won the Aardschok Metal Bash. You must have something up your sleeve when you pull that off. Dark Frequencies was already released on a DIY way in 2007 and is now picked up by Rusty Cage records.
It seems like Textures opened some doors for more progressive metal(core)bands. Chiraw is one of those bands that can follow in the footsteps. No, their music isn’t as complex as Textures, but Chiraw definitely outlives the majority of the metalcore bands. They’re not afraid of the experiment, it stays within ranges though. Everything is balanced out, aggressive outburst are followed by more atmospherically feeling parts. They also made me think of a band like DevilDriver. Thrusting forward in excellent structures so you never feel like it’s too much. It wouldn’t surprise me if producer Jochem Jacobs was a big help here.
When I put this album away for a few days and then played it again, it even made some more impression on me. The different layers catch up with you and the flexibility of their music is reflected in the way of singing. Dark Frequencies keeps on growing on me and I would recommend it to everyone who likes a little extra in their metal.
Related bandprofile: Chiraw
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