Chasma are a band from Portland, Oregon that plays a very atmospheric and depressive form of cascadian black metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Codex Constellatia" which will be re-issued by The Path Less Traveled in 2014.
Atmospheric sounding drones start off the album along with some clean playing and after a couple of minutes the music goes into a more heavy and melodic direction along with some depressive screams which they also mix in with some distorted and atmospheric sounding elements and they also mix in both the clean and heavy parts.
When the faster sections are added into the music the album starts evoking a more raw black metal feeling along with a small amount of blast beats and they also put a good amount of melody into the more slow and depressive parts of the music, all of the songs are very long and epic in length and the main ingredient on this recording seems to be depressive black metal.
The cleaner sections on the recording bring a very tragic and suicidal sound to the album and they also add in a small amount of whispers into certain sections of the recording an d you can also hear distorted drones being utilized in the background at times and the band also brings in a small amount of synths and psychedelic elements which also gives the music a more experimental feeling along with spoken word samples before returning back to a havier and atmospheric direction on the last 2 tracks while alos keeping around the other parts and mixing them together.
As the album progresses you can hear some progressive and post metal elements being mixed into the music at times which does not effect the raw, atmospheric and depressive nature of the recording.
Chasma have a very diverse sound with t heir music taking the cascadian black metal sound of the Northwestern states and adding in a more atmospheric, raw and depressive approach as well as showing that they are not afraid to experiments, the production sounds very dark and powerful and the lyrics cover scientific and metaphysical themes.
In my opinion Chasma are a very great sounding atmospheric and depressive, cascadian black metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Burning Shapeless" and "Wormwood Horizon". 8 out of 10.