"Unleashed Carnage" (Crash/Low Frequency; 2003)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Chaos Breed is a death metal supergroup not unlike Bloodbath. Featuring members/ex-members of Sentenced, Amorphis, Gandalf, and The Crown, Chaos Breed is a mostly-Finnish homage to old school death metal. So it goes without saying that "Unleashed Carnage" is a pretty straight-forward affair. But who needs frills in old school death metal?

"Unleashed Carnage" contains four tracks (not including the keyboard intro) all of which evoke the same kind of frenzied riffing that made the genre's early days such a hallmark. Personally, "F/C/D/C" is my favorite track of the four for its brief respite of grooving dirty chords amidst the damaging, rapid machine gun fire riffs. Also, "Unleashed Carnage" has more of a sinister edge than Bloodbath has ever had so Chaos Breed actually has a leg-up on the competition as it were.

As I understand it, Chaos Breed is not a one-time project, but something that will be revisited when the member's time and schedules allow. "Unleashed Carnage" is a fun listen if it is taken for what it is.

"Unleashed Carnage" was produced by Jussi-Ville. The production is better than the genre's origins that it tries so hard to emulate, but that's not a bad thing in this case.

Chaos Breed: Taneli Jarva on vocals, Esa Holopainen on guitar, Marko Tarvonen on guitar, Olli-Pekka Laine on bass, and Nalle Osterman on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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