Chemical Cascades Have Returned from Their Trip through the Time Worn Ether

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My very first “official” review for this website was for the demo of a little known Australian black metal band called Chemical Cascades. Last month, the Brisbane weirdos finally made good on their promise to deliver a unique full-length and to capitalize on the momentum built behind their demo. You can and should stream Time Worn Ether now.

I haven’t had as much time to meditate on the nuances of this particular trip, so I’ll be holding off from assigning Time Worn Ether a review score at the moment. What I can tell you, though, is that this band has improved on nearly every aspect that made the 2013 demo great. Don’t believe me? Jam that demo again below before streaming the new album at the bottom.

In my original review, I praised the band’s musicianship, especially noting the way that both the guitars and drums were able to seamlessly transition between styles, always delivering hallucinogenic riffs and mind-altering rhythms. You can expect that same quality performance from the new release in addition to much more. Where the demo was content to mostly remain in the confines of psychedelic black metal, Time Worn Ether finds Chemical Cascades experimenting with a whole range of different genres and finding a potent cocktail of psychotic tunes that always manages to sound right even when the songs themselves are so different.

“Ancient Tombs of the Martian King” and “Ice Caves of Tradekt” are tribal doom numbers that sound like natives from another planet making quite the ruckus while strung out on ayahuasca. “Arcturian Necromancy” is a faster, thrashier romp through the psychic tundra, and “Randulf”, the longest jam on the album, is a black metal rocket blasting you straight through the stratosphere. The riffs keep coming as the album winds down, ending with the strongest vocal performance on the whole record appearing on “Universal Veil”.

Overall, it’s a fascinating and dynamic listen that maintains your buzz and holds your attention through the entire ride. Sadly, my note regarding the vocals on “Universal Veil” reveals one of the only faults I can find on the album. My previous review highlighted the tormented, chaotic shrieks as one of the major selling points. Sadly, the vocal approach is dialed back significantly on Time Worn Ether. What growling/shrieking that is present is most often pushed to the back of the mix, providing only a bit of texture for the excellent instrumental approach. It isn’t a bad idea from an atmospheric standpoint, but I honestly miss the more harrowing vocals from the previous release.

Still, the music on Time Worn Ether is fantastic, and you should definitely give it a listen, even if it’s just to hear what essentially amounts to an instrumental album. Chemical Cascades have concocted an intoxicating mixture of black metal and doom, one fans of either genre are sure to enjoy.

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  • Lacertilian

    Last track rules.

  • Old Man Doom

    Those song names are rad as fuck.

  • CyberneticOrganism
    • Salvador Dalí Lama

      Dat symmetry tho

      EDIT: WAIT. The mountains fuck everything up. It’s all a lie.

    • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

      *rubbing my eyes and making sure that’s not a Summoning album cover*

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Nah, that’s some serious old-school Tolkien art. I had this version at least 20 years ago, maybe more.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    That album cover looks like a Roger Dean album cover.

  • RustyShackleford

    Never been specifically a black/doom guy, but this shit is atmospheric and rocks my got dang socks off I’ll tell ya what. Yep.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      My Doom tastes tends to be of the “Sabbath Worship” variety.

      • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

        Mines def more death-doom and funeral

  • Dubs

    I like the smell of burnt hair.

    • Salvador Dalí Lama

      Just because you’re an android doesn’t mean you have to take our your vacant scalp woes out on other peeps.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      I was on a Red Line train when somebody fell on the 3rd rail. The smell came out of nowhere. it took me a few seconds to figure out what it was.

      • Dubs

        I dunno that I’ve ever smelled burnt skin, but it can’t be pleasant.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          It smelled like burning pork rinds, grossing myself out just thinking of it.

        • Nativian Taco

          When I was little, I was playing with my uncles cigarette lighter in his truck. I pressed it in, it popped out and I looked at it. It wasn’t glowing red, so I stuck my finger in it to see if it was working. Turns out it did work. Horrible smell.

          • Lacertilian

            A guy at my old high school did that as a kid but put it on his cheek. Permanent circle.

          • Dubs

            Someone in high school brought a spark lighter to campus, and we just sat around at lunch shocking ourselves like a bunch of idiots.

          • Lacertilian

            The same guy I mentioned rubbed stinging nettle on his face during Agriculture class one day because he didn’t believe us that it gave you a rash.
            He got the rest of the day off, maybe we were the dumb ones.

          • Good lord.

          • Dubs

            Was it from a gympie gympie tree?

          • Lacertilian

            Nah, just your good old fashioned Urtica dioica.

          • Stanley

            That’s preposterous.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I used to have a shock calculator. That hurt real bad.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            We used to use shock gum where I used to work.

          • Nativian Taco

            Ouch. You should’ve convinced him to go for the tip of his nose.

        • Waynecro

          It’s icky. I used to light various parts of myself on fire to raise drinking money (people I knew would each throw down a few bucks if I doused myself in lighter fluid, lit myself up, and ran around for a few seconds). Another time I was looking totally tough for completely valid reasons and put a cigar out on my forearm. Burning human is not at all an appetizing smell.

          • flamecro

          • Waynecro

            Wayaflamecro

          • Boss the Ross

            I noticed you picked up the hypnotic dirge records deal on bandcamp. What are your thoughts on their releases?

          • i’m only about five bands in, but i really dug this one so far:
            https://hypnoticdirgerecords.bandcamp.com/album/of-ash-and-dying-light
            any standouts for you?

          • Boss the Ross

            I will need to listen to that next.

            It was quite a music collection, and i haven’t yet listened to all of it, though my favorite so far is either A Nest of Ravens In the Throat of Time by Obsidian Tongue, or Wind by Frigoris.

          • Nativian Taco

            These dudes I knew in high school used to play, what they called, “chicken”. Two of them would smash a lit cigarette or cigar between each others forearms and see who could last the longest, usually while drunk. Dudes were dumb as fuck.

          • Waynecro

            That sounds about right. I did all kinds of stupid shit with fire and knives when I was a drunk. I don’t regret it (at the time, it was pretty fucking cool), but I wouldn’t do that shit now–not even for hundreds of cool/tough-guy points.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Worst thing I ever did drunk was roll my ankle stumbling off a curb. Fuck, that shit hurt.

          • Waynecro

            Ankle injuries are a real bitch. I’ve had severe ankle problems for years. After you fuck up an Achilles tendon, you tend to have ankle issues forever.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’ve had over a dozen accidents with my right ankle and 2 with my left. It’s the main reason I always wear Timberlands.

          • Waynecro

            I’m in pretty much the same boat. I hurt one of my ankles skating, biking, and doing martial arts. Then I was in a car accident and severely fucked up the same ankle. It hasn’t been the same since–even after months of physical therapy. It still goes completely dead when I’m running sometimes.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Losing a bunch of weight helped reduce the frequency of the injuries.

          • Waynecro

            Yeah, that’ll do it. I just kept hurting mine because one injury led to another.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            LMAO, they did that when I was in military school.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Shit, dealing with state boarding school was bad enough. I spent years in those places.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            I spent 6 months there (Millersburg Military Institute) in ’95 for a lot of shit I did. It was pretty much an alternative to juvenile hall.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            Lol, I have what’s called a Chef’s Sleeve on my left arm. Plenty of burns, cuts, scrapes from the kitchen that I proudly wear. And my pinky is pretty much useless on my right hand, from where I cut it and severed a nerve. I can’t bend it from the first joint up, and have no feeling in it.

            I’m pretty sure I told the story here before where one of the cooks I worked with came in high and stuck his foot in the deep fryer.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Damn.

          • Waynecro

            Shit, man. Even at my drunkest, I never would have put any part of myself into a deep fryer. With flames, you can fuck around without getting injured. That is not the case with hot oil.

      • Count_Breznak

        Beats picking the pieces out of the wheels while you can hear the cops throwing up behind you.

      • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

        When you said Red Line, I was thinking Chicago’s Red Line for a second.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Does Chicago’s Red Line go from the nicer parts of the metro area to the craziest? Then they may have a lot more in common than just the name.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            It’s the busiest train line in the city, so it goes to all sorts of areas. After 10 PM, you’ll see all sorts of interesting folks, from crackheads, to yuppies, homeless guys with mountains of trash bags, gang bangers, etc! Doesn’t go to the metro area, though. That’s where Metra comes in.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Boston’s Red Line goes from the nicer Metro Boston areas(Somerville & Cambridge) to places no sane person of any skin color should go(Dorchester, Mattapan, Quincy).

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            We’d take the Green Line sometimes back home, and yeah, it’ll get you to some of the seedier parts of downtown, and places you really wouldn’t want to be. My best friend’s practice space was up on Augusta and Cicero, which is a little bit of a walk from the GL stop. Not exactly a good area! It’s interesting though, seeing some of the sights if you ride through in the daytime. It’s grimy, especially if you’re riding from the southside to the north side.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec0RRd88nN0

            Lol, Boston’s Green Line came up on the search!

            https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=chicago+green+line+sights

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            The Green Line is fairly spread out since most of it is above ground, and there are 4 branches(B-E). The E leads to Mission Hill which can be a sketchy place, but the others lines are either college students, hipsters, or upper class yuppies.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts
    • Stanley

      You should give this a try.

      • Dubs

        I’m pretty sure I’ve lit my beard on fire before.

        • Stanley

          Intentionally?

          • Dubs

            That’s a good question. If I did, I was probably hammered.

            There are good reasons for why I don’t get drunk anymore.

          • Stanley

            But you like the smell of burnt hair.

          • Dubs

            There’s always other hair to burn, Stanley.

          • Stanley

            Yes, there is. Those pesky nose hairs for one. Set those on fire and your fetish will be satiated for a good hour or two.

          • Dubs

            Brilliant.

          • Salvador Dalí Lama

            ..

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          When you’re a long haired pot smoker, burnt hair comes with the turf. Most of the time I wear it tied back now so it’s not the hazard it once was.

        • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

          I rue the day

      • CyberneticOrganism

        GAH!

      • Is this from Bum Fights or some shit??

        • Stanley

          I don’t know these things.

          • Not from Bum Fights (a series of seriously fucked up VHS tapes that landed the assholes who made them in jail), but from some other dickheads.
            http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/11/11/vancouver-homeless-man-hair-on-fire-video_n_6142122.html

          • Stanley

            Ahh. I recall now. Bum Fights was about persuading/coercing homeless people into having a scrap, right?

          • Yeah. Basically getting dudes with nothing to debase themselves for pocket change.

          • Stanley

            Oh the humanity. Our society is depraved.

          • Waynecro
          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts
          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            Yeah, but judging by their stories, they were already debasing themselves to begin with. They weren’t simply homeless because of bad luck. They had major league issues to begin with.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I didn’t know they ended up in jail.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            Good news is that the drunk guy actually got himself back up and on his feet.

        • Óðinn

          I’m pretty sure it’s the new Chris Holmes video.

          https://youtu.be/MTIWzgExzAA

        • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

          Nah. It looks like the drunk guy from Bum Fights, but not as fucked up, and minus the knuckle tats.

  • RJA

    I remember that review W. The demo was a free download. Will check this out.

    • Dubs

      Thank you for remembering. My sweet elf friend Link did not.

      • RJA

        I’ve followed your career closely!

      • I didn’t sacrificed my social life to the Toilet ov Hell in that time 🙁

  • Stanley

    Is that a mushroom or an anvil?

  • Waynecro

    Sweet write-up, W. Thanks!

  • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

    This isnt too bad at all

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    BREAKING GNUS: The new album from Blood Ceremony ‘Lord Of Misrule'(ugh, don’t like the title) drops on March 25, 2016 followed by a European/UK tour in April.

    https://www.facebook.com/riseaboverecords/photos/a.450950209088.234639.202449924088/10153747825439089/?type=3&theater

  • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

    Is it me or does the singer really ruin SikTh? Nine years later and its still cringy

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Damn, some crazy fucking news to wake up at 2AM to. R.I.P.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX0b0_PiCqU

    • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

      He finally kicked the bucket?

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        It would almost be more of a tragedy if he died trying to get clean like Jerry Garcia and Peter Steele.

        • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

          Or Amy Winehouse. Remember that she was sober and in rehab for 3 weeks before she decided to drink herself to death in one night.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Supposedly there’s some crazy shit about Pete’s final days that hasn’t really gone public(besides the stays at rehab, psych ward, and Riker’s).

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            Not sure on that, but he definitely didn’t look good when I met him (after the Moonspell interview).

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            Well, the body is resilient, but it does have limits. After you do much abuse, it simply caves in, and for some reason some people stay around a lot longer than others. Nothing to do with all this, but I’m quitting drinking for the next 3 weeks. GAH, this is gonna suck!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Strange thing is, Jerry Garcia might have lived much longer if he just handled his Diabetes better. Yeah, he stopped drugs, but he didn’t change his horrendous diet.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            He could’ve lived to be 89 like BB King. How he lived that long is beyond me. Sadly, Lemmy doesn’t look like he’s gonna be around much longer.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I wonder if the rumor is true and Phil Campbell is just covering up for Lemmy with the show cancellations due to illness.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            I heard about that on BM. Dunno, Lemmy is sharp and true as it gets, but I dunno if I want him to keep playing (aka, he plays two songs and calls it quits) or retire (which isn’t Lemmy). I want him to kick Keith Richards in the balls, then play his ass off, and go out with a room full of groupies and whiskey while literally playing so loud it makes the earth shake.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Yeah if I go more than a couple days without toking up, I get madd cranky to say the least.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            I have coffee, food (my SNAP card finally got approved), and cigs, so I’m good. Lol, I had my lion’s fill over the last two weeks!

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            Tee hee, had some herb earlier. :-p
            Finishing up this box of wine from earlier as well.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Box wine, the breakfast of champions.

            Shit, I’m toking up right now. Hopefully I’ll get high enough to pass back out for a couple hours.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            BTW, this was back in Pittsburgh back in 2004. Close to Boston, I’m guessing?

            http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/geistimsturm/phili.bmp

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Kinda sorta. That could be any street corner in Boston.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            Pretty much the same here in Hampton Roads. Hampton is block to block, and very weird. Newport News (where I’m at) is pretty laid back.

          • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

            To say the LEAST

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            “It’s possible to live with some bad habits, but it helps if you don’t have all of them.” from True Detective Season 2.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            ‘Live Fast, Die Old’ – Lemmy

            Turkish Batman >>>>>>>>>>>>>> bats

          • more beer

            I have seen ore people die giving up their bad habits than keeping them.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            It’s mental illness, plain and simple.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            He did have a thing with anti-depression meds, IIRC.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Those can mess with you if you’re not careful. Just missing 1-2 doses can do it.

        • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

          Lol, guess who else Abe Vigoda outlived? 😉
          You know you saw that coming!

  • Eliza

    How do you find such awesome bands?

    • Dubs

      These dudes originally emailed us about the demo last year. I’ve just checked their facebook periodically to see if the full-length dropped.

      • Eliza

        Cool! If I’ll ever have a band, I’ll email you guys as well.