Review: Chastisement – Alleviation Of Pain

Location: Östersund, Sweden
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Released: October 11, 2002
Format Reviewed: FLAC
Feature: Global Conquest – Diving For Treasure

By: Kris Kotlarik

I found this about a month ago and hadn’t gotten around to taking a look at it. Alleviation Of Pain is Chastisement’s only full-length studio effort. A solid effort, at that.

The group didn’t waste any time with a cheesy introduction; “Another Pace” and “Destructorial,” clocking in at a combined four and a half minutes, are both aggressive and, aside from the chorus in the latter, constantly bombard the listener. While the former is a fairly standard melodeath instrumental, “Destructorial” takes on more of a thrash metal style.

Other highlights here include the similarly short but sweet “Redeemer,” as well as the back-to-back (and somewhat longer) tracks “Time Zone Zero” and “Disowned,” which bares a resemblance to “Laser Cannon Deth Sentence” from Dethklok. Not all the songs are stellar; “The Journey” and “Joie De Vivre” are interludes that break up the album’s flow. “Vivre,” in particular, has a decent acoustic riff that briefly builds up but then promptly fades out. “World Beyond,” while not being a bad song, simply didn’t do anything for me.

The rest of the tracks are pretty good. There isn’t much in the way of soloing, and some of the dual vocal growls in the choruses can get a little tiring. The bass is also rather buried in the mix. But the guitars and drums sound great, and this should be considered a staple for anyone who is into other Swedish melodeath acts such as In Flames or Arch Enemy.

Overall: A great album by melodic death metal’s standards.

Rating: 3.5*

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