As eclectic as the label is, Svart Records have a strong foundation in death metal, having reissued albums by vintage acts like Abhorrence, Xysma and the resuscitated Convulse. However, Deathchain is the first contemporary death metal band operating on the label. Each member sports an impressive curriculum vitae of musical misbehaviours that reads like a who’s who of the Finnish extreme metal scene (Forgotten Horror, Demilich, Deathbound, Ajattara, and so on), and the band’s two guitarists are already part of the Svart family with Jess and The Ancient Ones. But it’s the sheer intensity of its music that has put Deathchain at the top of the foodchain as unlike others, they’ve taken their time to shed their previous collective skins one by one. And what started off back in 2003 with ‘Deadmeat Disciples’ as one frantic yet somehow still conventional thrash/death vehicle has now become a decade later an altogether even more unique and ten times more intense beast. “Rebellion. Rebellion and liberty, they’ve always been at the heart of what we do. During our years as a band we have grown to disrespect all boundaries, and the fire inside burns ever higher”, says guitarist Corpse.
Defying all categories, “Ritual Death Metal” applies elements from the entire extreme metal spectrum to achieve its pernicious goal, from the doom-laden rumblings of “Like Worms Upon The Land” to the blackish fury of “King Pazuzu”. The result is a defiant, gloomy and epic 45 minute tour de force dedicated to summoning ancient Mesopotamian deities. Says Corpse of the theme of the album: “Thematically we have moved closer to the source, and all laughter around it has died. We work on our music and lyrics with the greatest intensity and map our inner beings to find the Lightbringer, who stands beyond everything. On this album we concentrate on the Mesopotamian pandemonium as we examine the different manifestations of the Adversary. “