The return of The Chapter, five years after the good debut full length Angels & Demons, immediately highlights a stylistic vein more oriented to the melodic death doom, reducing the dark gothic drives that instead played a more prominent role in the previous work. All this gives a greater compactness to the proposal without sacrificing in any way a melodic nature that often takes shape in the form of enthralling guitar solos; in addition, the new vocalist Tiago Oliveira proves sufficiently versatile to pass with a certain ease between the different shades required, including convincing clean vocals in the moments when the sound becomes more rarefied. The Chapter do not reinvent the wheel but, synthesizing with great skill the teachings of the northern European school and the American one, they interpret in the best possible way a sub-genre that never as in this historical period includes a large number of high quality bands, a category to which the Portuguese quintet is enrolled by right. Eight intense and captivating songs, among which shine in my opinion the magnificent Book Of Life and Social Solitude, are the turnover of an album like Delusion of Consciousness, which has all the chrisms to satisfy the fans of death doom and attract the attention of some label that wants to invest on the talented The Chapter.

2022 – Independent