Chordewa is one of the latest discoveries of Haarbn Productions, a label that has turned to an expert in bringing to light unknown, but good bands, mostly from countries without a long history in the metal music. Chordewa is an extreme progressive metal band from Chişinău of Moldova and in my opinion the best release of Haarbn in 2014. They were formed back in 2002 and released their debut EP the “Dark of Radiance” in 2004. Next year their second EP “Coma Horizon” was out and since 2007 there were working on their first full-length album “Recast Gear for the Mindcraft Course“, which was finally released via Haarbn in the beginning of 2014.
I’ve only listened to a few extracts of their two EPs, but they were more than enough to reveal the huge improvement of their music in every level! The band has now a much more solid, technical and professional sound, partly explaining why it took them so long to release it. In this new album Chordewa play progressive metal, enriched with elements of extreme metal and cosmic inspired avant-garde metal. Denis «Kinzyr», who is the mastermind of the band, since he composes all music, writes all lyrics and is responsible for the artwork, does also an amazing work in the guitars. Sharp technical rhythmic riffs and melodic progressive lead guitars are continually changing rhythms, combined with equally technical drums and melodic keyboards. There are only male vocals now and Alex «Traumer» has a perfect voice for this genre, being really emotional and melodic in his clean “avant-garde” parts and very intense and expressive in his black metal screams. There are also many instrumental parts in the songs, ruled either by brilliant guitar and keyboard solos in a sometimes almost improvising mood, or by some atmospheric experimental passages. “Recast Gear for the Mindcraft Course” includes 6 songs with a total duration a little over 36 minutes. And while the band has a quite complex songwriting, all six compositions somehow manage to move in a common style and their album has a very solid atmosphere. Speaking about the atmosphere, all their lyrics are in English, dealing in general with mind experiments, the subconscious and cosmic astral themes. They are written in an abstract dreamy and surreal approach and you can find them in the CD booklet.
“Recast Gear for the Mindcraft Course” is an album I would recommend to fans of extreme progressive metal. Maybe you’ve never heard of this band, or for Moldavian progressive metal at all, but trust me, you should give them a chance! The album is released in a standard jewel-case edition CD with an 8-page booklet, strictly limited to 100 copies. The cover artwork is a great piece of art, fitting perfectly to the atmosphere of their music, something natural since it was designed as I already mentioned, together with the inner illustrations, by Kinzyr himself. You can visit their official pages in the links below and get a taste of their music.