The Weakening– “Chains of Plato”

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Sep 232019
 

The Swedish death metal band “The Weakening” last year (2018) announced the re-release of their debut album “Chains of Plato” which first came out in 2012. The five-men gathered from bands like Divinefire, Crimson Moonlight, Exhale, Solution 45, Miseration and Renascent to work on an extraordinary record. This album was released in collaboration with Nordic Mission.  The band’s sound has guttural vocals, scathing screams tied well with groovy riffs muffled with charry distortion bringing about a hint of djent. The album utilizes electronica to add superior soundscapes that sets an ambient that’s carried forward from song to song. What’s more amazing is the idea that these songs have been written almost 6 years back and that they still possess the energy and remain relevant as of today.

So I pick up this record, rather late from its original release and re-release to see what do they have to offer.  The album opens up with “The Rise” which starts with a heavy and catchy riff driving the song forward, the blast beats although sporadic and intermittent will surprise you. I could hear a mix of guttural screams and aggressive high pitched vocal delivery which works well with a barrage of riffage that’s on the song. Next up, “Blood Fuels Destruction” utilizes the blast beats to quite an extent and has a melodic section on the vocals which adds sonic flavour to the song. The low-tuned guitar riffs fall nothing short of amazing and adds the djent when played in perfect synchronisation with double bass on the drums.

“Weakening Thoughts” uses Flanger and Phaser to blow your mind with maddening energy that’s brought forward in the heavy chugs that are strummed and the pounding that the drums receive. An interesting interlude breaks apart the song and adds a massive sludge dimension to the song, but let that not fool you because the song writing on it cleverly brings it back to the way it started. Continue reading »

Nov 182018
 

Some gems and jewels are simply to good to be hidden! They are but marinating and aging under the surface to be revealed in their splendor exactly when they mean to. This is the case for The Weakening and their Masterpiece “Chains of Plato”! Created in 2012, to be released in late 2018 this album is pure quality of Swedish death metal, low-tuned, agressive, groovy and brutal. The five-piece gathered from bands like Divinefire, Crimson Moonlight, Exhale, Solution 45, Miseration and Renascent have really made something extraordinary. By joining forces they have created a mighty album that pierces into the depths of your soul. Let the percussional rythm, the fat stringssounds and the guttural growls shake your foundations, and let “Chains of Plato” loose!

The packaging on this release is a real beauty! CD comes in a digipak cover with a 8-page booklet containing lyrics and band photos. The album will be released on Dec. 1st. via Nordic Mission. Continue reading »