While the first Chapel Of Disease album Summoning Black Gods was an obvious old school death metal effort that fared decently, their follow up to that took a sharp left-turn. The Mysterious Ways Of Repetitive Art retained that death metal base while erecting a misty, cloudy, doom/death affair. Despite preferring the more stripped-down style myself, this was a huge step-up, as the songs offer much more to gain and hold loads of mass.
It quickly becomes clear that the songs themselves are fewer in numbers in exchange for more elaboration in structure, seeing it clocks in around fifty minutes. “The Mysterious Ways…” is an instrumental meant to give an idea as to where everything is headed, which is a suspenseful build to a monstrous ocean of riffs. It’s served with a backbone of slamming drum kicks, before slowing down and allowing a windy chill to segue into the next song. The longer song lengths may appear scary; doom/death tends to commit the crime of overstaying its welcome. That simply isn’t the case here since the innovative ideas require the space.
“Masquerade In Red” actually starts on a much faster note and is carried by tremolo-picks and speed, before coming to a simmer. Acoustic guitars then take precedence and unload melody on top. What’s surprising is how well this molds with the harsher and echo-tinted vocals. I chalk that up to Chapel Of Disease’s stellar ability to weave the passages together without forcing anything. One of the shortest songs “Life Is But A Burning Being” drops off into a wavy mess of high notes, bridging into an atmospheric climb to a beat-down of speed and aggression.
Moreover, injecting emotions into this dark entity is pulled off incredibly. “Lord Of All Death” is one of the longest songs, but it has a bouncy, prog-like section that leads into weeping guitar noodles. Like a large star, the instrumental density then collapses in on itself and pushes out one of the heaviest riff sequences on the album. Suspense is obviously a key factor to The Mysterious Ways Of Repetitive Art. If it isn’t clear enough there, then the ten-minute epic “…Of Repetitive Art” will close off the job by showcasing it heavily in the song’s intro.
What I love most about this is that it doesn’t follow any typical formulas, just allows each influence to drop in little by little. Despite leaning towards doom/death, it isn’t all slow and trudging; rather, it invokes extreme blasts, proggy rhythms, and melodic licks. I’m almost certain that “Symbolic Realms” dials in direct Black Sabbath influence. No words that I type can do this disc justice, so I suggest those who haven’t listened to get cracking!
The Mysterious Ways Of Repetitive Art was released on January 16th, 2015 via FDA records. Find it and stream it digitally here!