Label: Norma Evangelium Diaboli
Seven Chalices is a modern classic. The debut album from Teitanblood was eagerly anticipated, and when it was unleashed in 2009, it more than lived up to expectations. Pulling from the likes of Blasphemy, Celtic Frost, and Incantation – but without really sounding like any of them – this is a masterclass of death metal, and one of the most ominous, evil sounding records to have been released in the past ten years. Underground death metal is currently awash with bands trying to sound something like this, but few have even come close to matching Seven Chalices.
The actual music of Seven Chalices is thickly layered, with crushing riffs, echoing vocals and layered guitars sitting atop drumming that is as technically impressive as it is pummeling. But what really sets Seven Chalices apart from the competition is the atmosphere it conjures. The album sounds like it was not so much recorded as it was summoned from the grave, the result of midnight black masses and necromantic rituals. Coupled with the intervals – which succeed in building, rather than diminishing, the atmosphere and momentum of the album – it all makes for one hell of an album, that deserves to be considered among the best of the genre.