Saturday, October 31, 2009
Chalice fucking rules. I heard Chalice ONCE before ever getting my hands on a copy of their Deathmask Grin record released in 1999 on Takehold Records. What is great about bands like Chalice, Abnegation, Outcry, late 90s Zao, and so many others is listening to them and totally being reminded about the mid and late 90s metalcore that was totally all about looking and sounding super evil. Dudes would be playing on stage looking possessed, shit was amazing. Chalice is definitely one of those bands. Super sludgy, super heavy, and super evil sounding. What was also great about Chalice was them calling themselves Viking metal and on their Deathmask Grin record they even have a hidden track titled "Viking Way of Life" that has epic singing on it. Pretty rad. I don't know a whole lot of Chalice, like most 90s Christian hardcore bands that didn't really go anywhere, but they are totally worth owning the album. Check it out and go buy it on Amazon.com or Ebay. I think just by listening to the album you can totally hear their influences: Neurosis, Isis, Carcass, but still sticking to their hardcore roots. Very awesome stuff, especially if you're like me and are obsessed with that 90s sludgy metalcore stuff.
Deathmask Grin (1999 - Takehold Records)
...also, the only other recording that I know of, is a split they did with Florida's Set Apart, but I only have the Set Apart tracks that I got from Justin over at xStuck in the Pastx, an amazing blogspot. I will be posting a few releases of Set Apart in the very near future.