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Chalice : Chronicles of Dysphoria

Shameless cloning or atmospheric brilliance? That seems to be the main question when it comes to Chalice. On the one hand you could say this band does nothing more than copy the style of old The 3rd and the Mortal ('Sorrow' & 'Tears-' era), adding a violin. However, I believe that is a rash conclusion. Chalice not only differs by the addition of a violin, but the music itself has a more bombastic feel.

Generally the music is very intimate and melodic, just like The 3rd', but it keeps more to the surface and doesn't let you dwell into a fantasy world as much. The Chalice tracks are less fragile and have more "body".

Highlight on this CD would be 'Solitary Waves' and the absolutely stunning 'Interlunar Dreams', a track that can send shivers down my spine the way 'Song' or 'Salva Me' of The 3rd' does.

No, Chalice might not reach the emotional depths and highs of The 3rd', but at times they come scarely close. This band is a definite must for, you guessed it, anybody who likes the old The 3rd and the Mortal albums.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Solitary Waves
2. Requiescat
3. The Amber Twilight
4. As Powder Turns To Dust
5. Solviegs Song
6. Interlunar Dreams
7. Memorial Embers

Duration : Approx. 47 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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