CHRONOSPHERE – Embracing Oblivion
The second album from Greece’s Chronosphere is a thrashing affair with death nuances, and a boatload of gang-oriented choruses bringing all the hooks home. It sounds very obvious to these ears that the quartet have studied the work of Exodus, Testament, and a boatload of Forbidden to create material like "One Hand Red Per Saint", the ascending and descending guitar measures against relentless speed picking for "Brutal Decay", and bee swarming/ double bass frenzy that is "City of the Living Dead".
"Embracing Oblivion" has that new school anger and aggression at the heart, but I still believe Chronosphere need to spend a little more time refining the hooks to construct separation for their songs. There is danger in staying stationary in terms of tempo to cause wandering minds to seek other bands who offer a little more variety in their brand of metal.
Maybe the third time will be the charm for Chronosphere- for now I believe they are still seeking to shed their influences and become their own original thrash entity.