The Dagger & the Chalice EP

I’ve seen a fair bit of buzz on the old Internet about this Finnish band’s debut EP, and after finally grappling with its criminally short 23-minutes of hellish death metal — the hype is in deed worth it.

One could argue that the oddly named Corpsessed are cut from the current cloth of better Incantation worship bands like Dead Congregation and Blaspherian. However, with a production that’s ridiculously, cavernously heavy and equally sickly, low vocals, there’s little I can compare Corpsessed directly to. The only bands I’ve heard that touch the sheer, palatable heft and disturbing occult menace are Ignivomous and Teitanblood , but even more down-tuned and an unfathomably heavy.

This is just a nasty, evil stuff folks, it’s just a shame it’s over so quickly, but then again it’s probably a good thing; a few more thunderous bars and bowel shaking drums and some wretched demon might be summoned from the darkest hellish depths of the earth.

The opening instrumental intro sets the tone perfectly with a haunting Autopsy on steroids crawl with Niko Matilainen growling, murmuring and vomiting with paranoia inducing effectiveness. Then “Crypt Infester” erupts from the speakers with a horrifying lope and eventual descent into atonal gallop and horrifying heft. And that’s pretty indicative of rest of the EP. A volatile mix of frothing feedback and gurgling unearthly bellows, slow, insanity sapping crawls and bowel shaking guitars and drums adding almost intangible blasts here and there. Then a few hints of creepy ritualistic orchestration and atmospheric slither into the mix hear and there. The end result is sometime downright scary as heard on the virulent “Nameless Cult” and heaving “Massgrave”. Once again dark Descent has (literally) unearthed another new act and along with the Gorephilia EP, has unleashed two of the years best EPs.

The Dagger & the Chalice might be the ickiest 23-minutes you’ll endure in 2011…unless you are my wife.

Now, about that moniker– how about something more fitting to the band’s utterly horrifying sound?

[Visit the band's website]
Written by Erik T
May 27th, 2011


  1. Commented by: Chris Baines

    “The Dagger & the Chalice might be the ickiest 23-minutes you’ll endure in 2011…unless you are my wife.”

    Or Stiffy’s Mom.

  2. Commented by: Gabaghoul

    LOL at the wife line

  3. Commented by: Jesse Wolf

    Really evil sounding stuff indeed.

  4. Commented by: Cynicgods

    23 minutes= God among men. :P

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