Chronolyth Album Review – ‘Atrophy’

Chronolyth have hit the Australian metal scene just a few short years ago with their debut single ‘Bitter Reflection’. Their following debut album ‘Sovereign’ (2013) was critically acclaimed and already stirred up some interest from overseas. With their sophomore album ‘Atrophy’ the Brisbane-based five-piece sets out to reach new heights.

Chronolyth’s sound is a combination of melodic death metal and groovy metalcore. The harsh vocals are mixed up with clean vocals and shouted gang vocals. This variety flows on to the song structures as well. On the one hand Chronolyth are a punch in your face with aggressive death metal riffing. On the other hand all the tracks on ‘Atrophy’ have dominant, melodic guitar lines that are almost catchy. The glue that holds this combination together are the groovy metalcore elements. So far so good. ‘I have heard that before’, you might think. But what you haven’t heard on most of the recent releases of other, maybe similar bands, is the intensity, the technical proficiency and the elaborate song structures.

Chronolyth manage to engage their fans – not only during their live shows – but also throughout the whole album. The tracks are quite elaborate and well written. They are more than the usual four-to-the-floors hammering of oh-so-many bands these days. All tracks have their hidden gems and their twists and turns.  ‘March Of The Forsaken’ for example starts – after the melodic intro – as an outright death metal tracks. It then turns into a groovy metalcore hymn towards the end of the tracks after a break in the middle and a guitar solo that could fit on a classic metal album. ‘Ascension’ is another of these songs that take the listener on a journey through different subgenres. This track comes with the added surprise of a guest appearance of Nicole Garity on vocals.

Highlight of the album is ‘Demon (Eyes)’ with its killer riff, the galloping main part and the extremely angry attitude. The band combines all the different elements into this song and they do so with an angry message.

‘Atrophy’ has all the elements and class that could take Chronolyth to the next stage of their career and give them the international exposure they deserve. The album is mature and well written. The production is extremely powerful and underlines the aggressive part of Chronolyth without overpowering the more melodic parts. This album should grow Chronolyth’s loyal fan base.

8.5 of 10