About a year ago, I posted a review of Christian Mistress’ last album. During which, I griped about how a solid album can be extremely well made, but if it becomes too absorbed in its own fascination with days gone by without leaving behind any trace of originality, the album is instantly forgettable. While I can respect a band’s efforts to research what equipment was being used in a given era and painstakingly recreating the vintage sounds they fetishize, it’s all an effort wasted if it’s just a carbon copy of the original. Without reworking the formula, retro metal is just extreme music’s answer to The Strokes, which is only impressive if you haven’t heard what inspired it in the first place. Well, now Horrendous have come along to test whether or not I will ignore my own rules when it comes to my very favorite of all music genres, death metal, with their release The Chills.