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"Every compositional dip and turn here is expertly arranged and executed..." — Decibel Magazine
"Easily one of the best black metal albums I have heard all year..." — American Aftermath
"one of the more promising black metal albums of the year..." — Meat Mead Metal
"The Beauty and Bleakness is what makes releases like this so just down right magicial..." — AZM Magazine
"Thirty three minutes of torture and suffering painted in agonising detail, Declarations of the Grand Artificer is not for the faint of heart. With three tracks between nine and twelve minutes long, some may find this an endurance test, but indulgence returns many rewards..." — Sea of Tranquility
Ryan Whyte: Bass
Klaus-Maria Maza: Guitar
“With three songs clocking in at nearly 33 minutes, CHASMA’s Declarations of the Grand Artificer is a bewildering, but above all transcendent record, an epic recasting of classic black metal into otherworldly shapes and a plausibly modern contour.
Formed in 2008 by members of Nanda Devi and Alter of Earth, CHASMA began as a side-project to experiment with yet another form of extreme metal. After writing and recording three songs, CHASMA released a demo tape with the French black metal label Aural Offerings and began performing live. After encouragement from Aural Offerings and the local Northwest metal scene, CHASMA made another recording that was released by Aural Offerings on tape and CD. After playing two years of shows with the likes of Wolves in the Throne Room, Bloody Panda, Trees, Thou, Nux Vomica, and Fell Voices, CHASMA guitarist Tony Komforty departed the project and was replaced by Klaus Maza of the LA crust band Sheeeeeeeep.
“Musically, we are influenced by new millenium-era French black metal and DC screamo,” says the band, “and bands like Weakling, Joyless, Ameseours, and Majority Rule. We are influenced by the intensity and passion of our brotherhood as musicians and try to express that passion through dimension bending riffs. We don’t really fit the black metal label; we consider ourselves either noir nouveau [‘new black’] or bright metal.”