1349 – Massive Cauldron Of Chaos | Album Review

When: 29.09.2014
Where: Indie Recordings
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It’s been a long while since we featured some metal on Exploding Head Syndrome. The last time was because the band shared the same name as us and the time before that was our first ever album review of 2014. There’s not really an explanation as to why Metal’s not featured a lot other than the majority of music we receive in our inbox is everything but Metal. So yeah. Today’s rare induction comes from Norway’s 1349 with their first album in four years Massive Cauldron Of Chaos, with a name like that it was pretty hard not to give it a listen.
1349 have been known to have changed their sound with each of their albums since 1997. These guys have performed the likes of black metal, to strange atmospheric avant-garde and have returned back to the gritty hellhole of black metal again for Massive Cauldron Of Chaos. Expect a lot of things to be turned up to extreme for all eight tracks on this record, as everything from the drums to the growls that make up the vocals pushes everything to the edge of exploding your face off, but in the best way possible.
Usually naysayers of metal say that the genre is all just noise and screaming and noise and everything negative but 1349 does a great job at showing off their skills throughout Massive Cauldron Of Chaos. The rapid fire drums plays an essential part in fusing all of these tracks together, but in certain tracks such as Excorism there’s a break down that reveals that the band are cool with letting the guitars do their thing for a bit, or the six minute epic that is Mengele’s which features one savage guitar solo and ends on the atmospheric sound the band have experimented with before. All metal aside this is a record that contains fantastic songwriting, extremely solid riffs and solos, vocals that remain on point throughout, all performed at a speed that is hardhitting to the point where my spine feels out of place from headbanging too much, and I’ve gone lightheaded.
Massive Cauldron Of Chaos is a record that lives up to it’s badass name and definitely deserves to be one of the few metal releases we have featured on Exploding Head Syndrome. This behemoth of a record is exciting, brutal, chaotic and sounds like it could give people lobotomies. It’s awesome. For more music reviews, free downloads and metaaaaaaaallllllllllllll check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebook and Twitter.
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