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Old November 2nd, 2010, 09:16 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Another great review of 'Cutthroat Melodies' is available online! (in Polish)

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Old November 15th, 2010, 02:52 AM   #27 (permalink)
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CHAIN REACTION are featured with their latest album's song 'Twinge' on the extreme ski movie 'The Pilot' - check it online!


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'Cutthroat Melodies' will be released in early December in Asia by Six Inch Nails Records - more info soon!

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CHAIN REACTION: latest album 'Cutthroat Melodies' reviewed on French webzine Le Chant du Grillon!


"Second album pour les polonais de Chain Reaction avec Cutthroat Melodies (toujours chez l'excellent label Kolony Records) qui fait suite au très bon et prometteur Vicious Circle.

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L'album s'ouvre avec "Twinge" et tout de suite leur metal moderne alliant thrash et power se met en place. La rythmique est plombée alors que les leads virevoltent, des riffs efficaces prennent le relai et on retrouve les vocaux à la fois clairs et rugueux de Barton. Premier morceau carré qui est un très bon compromis entre mélodie et rudesse d'autant plus que la paire de guitaristes se montrent déjà très en avant. L'efficacité est décuplée avec "Prime Integers" qui force les mouvements de tête. Konar (et oui! c'est son nom!) derrière les fûts remplis amplement sa tâche et son binôme Komandos à la basse ne la joue pas timide et nous gratifie des lignes rondes et chaudes. Une fois de plus les guitares partent en live pour un très bon solo et la rythmique augmente le tempo. On sent que le groupe ne se prend pas la tête et de nombreux petits délires en introduction des titres viennent le prouver. Sur "God Lives Too Long", on retrouve ce sens de la rythmique thrashy efficace, une envie de rentrer dedans tout en gardant un aspect complètement débridé comme en témoigne le petit break à la batterie fort sympathique avant de refaire parler la poudre. "Elder Thrived", encore un titre qui fait la part belle aux riffs efficaces mais cette fois-ci dans un registre martial. La technique est au rendez-vous et après un solo de haute-volée un second mélodique prend la suite.

Chain Reaction affiche une grosse maitrise dans tous les domaines et en particulier au niveau du chant. Comme par exemple sur "Insomnia Revised / H. B. Woodrose" où Barton varie ses vocaux entre parties mélodiques et autres hystériques. La tempête fait place au calme avec une seconde partie de titre sous forme d'un instrumental acoustique d'une envoutante beauté. Les mouvements de tête vont tout de suite reprendre avec "Class 'A' Prisoner", encore un brûlot de thrash actuel. Alors que "Projecting. AM" combine habillement mélodie et parties plus agressives, "No Logo" part dans des contrées plus sombres menées par une rythmique lourde. Sur "When Road 'n Booze Collide" le groupe se la joue rock sudiste qui montre les dents après quelques secondes d'acoustiques. "Intra Vires" sonne le retour de la puissance avec des riffs écrasants dans la veine pantera-esque. On se quitte avec "Even if" qui enclenche de nouveau le turbo, un petit dernier pour la route avec un classieux final acoustique. Concernant les influences celles-ci sont nombreuses, que ce soient Pantera, Machine Head sans oublier Metallica ou Megadeth, Chain Reaction arrive tout de même a tout digéré et nous pondre un album personnel, mature et percutant.

Vous l'aurez compris, Chain Reaction c'est la science du riff qui tue, des titres variés et entêtants. Avec Cutthroat Melodies le groupe confirme tout le bien que l'on pouvait penser d'eux." [Olivier]


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CHAIN REACTION: Hungarian fans don't miss band's new interview - online at Hungary's 'Passzio Webzine'!

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Old November 29th, 2010, 05:38 AM   #31 (permalink)
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New review of 'Cutthroat Melodies' (8 out of 10) on Metalship Webzine!

"Cutthroat Melodies est un disque qui fait plaisir. Pourquoi ? Parce que même si le groupe qui l'a sorti, Chain Reaction, est un parfait inconnu dans nos contrées, parce que même si ces Polonais n'ont pas créé le fil à couper la poudre, ils savent mettre le feu au beurre ! Ou l'inverse. La pochette n'est pas forcément parlante, mais mine de rien, elle suggère assez bien la gifle que Chain Reaction s'apprête à infliger à son échelle dans le monde du metal.

Oh bien sûr, cette baffe ne fera pas beaucoup de remous. C'est dommage. Issu de la Pologne, Chain Reaction aura du mal à s'imposer sur la scène européenne à moins d'un énorme coup de pot. Son thrash n'est pas forcément rapide, ni même féroce. On pense à Pantera pour les assauts de la guitare, mais c'est finalement réducteur. C'est lourd, c'est groovy, c'est mélodique et ça dégage un bon fond de rock'n'roll, comme du Motörhead dopé à des stéroïdes inédits pour la bande à Lemmy.

La grosse particularité du groupe est de faire un travail soigné sur les choeurs, nombreux. Ne vous attendez pas à des "lalala" propre à la scène des années 80, mais plutôt à quelque chose de plus viril, dans le plus pur style choeurs de marins, chers à Bad Religions par exemple. De temps en temps, Barton laisse le micro à Dani pour des passages que l'on nommera à voix clair. Si le premier se montre très rugueux, à la Phil Anselmo des grands jours, le second sait poser le jeu tout en se montrant très convainquant dans ce jeu des chaises musicales, son chant permettant de belles nuances au sein d'un morceau taillé pour la brutalité à la base et qui se détend brusquement.

Ceux qui s'attendent à quelque chose de proche de Slayer en seront forcément pour leur frais. Ce n'est pas du tout le discours de Chain Reaction. Le groupe essaye de moduler son propos, partant sur la base de mid tempos à la batterie saccadée pour l'aspect purement thrash avec quelques riffs syncopés, mais les amateurs de Nevermore pourraient répondre présent pour ces guitares vives et mélodieuses, et les mélodies dont le groupe est capable, comme cet intermède musical situé en milieu d'album, entièrement acoustique, qui vient donner un peu de fraicheur avant une nouvelle déferlante faite de groove et de pilonnage sans pitié.

Si l'on devait chercher des points faibles, ce serait dans la dénomination thrash moderne assenée par la maison de disque, car ce n'est pas tout à fait vrai. Pantera agissait presque de même, vingt ans plus tôt et même si on ne peut pas dire que ça sonne old school, certaines mélodies semblent déjà entendus, comme cet intro charmante pour Twinge, mais que de nombreux groupes ont déjà fait avant eux, et pas que dans le domaine du thrash. Faute e goût ? Hommage au passé ? Seuls les musiciens ont la réponse.

En deux mots, Cutthroat Melodies est un excellent disque de thrash (oui, ça fait plus de deux mots, et alors ?). Les amateurs du genre qui ne cherchent pas que la vitesse seront facilement comblés par cet opus, le deuxième pour Chain Reaction et un petit bijou du genre, même s'il n'est pas forcément original. Mais l'originalité est-il forcément un gage de qualité ? Le fait que ces musiciens jouent avec leurs tripes en est un bien plus grand." [Schakal]

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Making of "Twinge" videoclip - photos posted on band's Facebook profile!

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Another very good review, this time 8 / 10 on France's 'Pavillon666' webzine!!!

""Cutthroat Melodies" est le deuxième album de Chain Reaction. Un groupe d’amis polonais qui sévit depuis 2002. Les premiers mots d’ordre sont surtout l’amusement et le plaisir. Bien que le groupe a nettement gagné en maturité et en niveau, la mentalité « just for fun » semble toujours être de mise. Ne cherchez pas là des sujets et des concepts complexes mûrement réfléchis, nous sommes ici pour nous amuser et nous en mettre plein la gueule.
D’un point de vue musical, Chain reaction semble avoir le cul assis entre deux chaises. En effet, les morceaux et les riffs qui les composent semblent balancer entre deux écoles. D’abord la vieille école, le son semble retro et underground. Puis la nouvelle école des fans de « punk hardcore » ou de metal frisant avec le style hardcore. L’enchaînement de certains riffs nous rappellent certaines variations à la Killswitch Engage et quelques autres en saccade agrémentés de slides peuvent parfois, avec une bonne oreille, nous rappeler quelques riffs de Chimaira. D’autres riffs encore, plus légers et plus punks s’alternent avec les grondements de sons heavy et les quelques solos nous rappellent aussi les heures de gloire de Judas Priest ou de AC/DC. Bref, ils ont peut-être le cul entre 2 chaises mais leurs compos semblent bel et bien ressembler à un parfait numéro d’équilibriste.
Le chant quant à lui est atemporel. A mi-chemin la plupart du temps entre le crié et le chant claire. Il peut être déroutant à la première écoute. Mais à la deuxième ou à la troisième. Nous ne pouvons que constater qu’elle est parfaitement en place. Notamment sur la prestation dans « Projecting. Am » qui est tout simplement bluffante.
Comme nous l’avons déjà dit, Chain Reaction est un groupe qui cherche avant tout à se faire plaisir. Et il arrive des fois que des passages n’ont pas grand chose à voir avec le reste du morceau. Comme le final de la piste 5 : « Insomnia Revised / H. B. Woodrose » qui s’avère être un morceau en arpège entièrement joué à la guitare sèche. Nous comprenons alors que nous avons affaire à des musiciens de très bon niveau, qui jouent ce qu’ils ont envie de jouer quand ils le veulent. Mais surtout ils nous servent une musique simple dans le fond mais efficace, qui doit prendre tout son sens sur scène. Et les réveils au départ de « Prime Integers » semblent aussi vouloir nous dire que nous avons entre les mains un album parfait pour nous aider à affronter une longue journée fatigante.
Pour finir, "Cutthroat melodies" est un album qui mélange de manière plutôt pertinente les riffs et sons de plusieurs écoles. Un ensemble de plusieurs morceaux composés sans prise de tête et arrangés de manière plutôt originale. Le tout est exécuté par des musiciens de très bon niveau qui n’ont rien à envier à personne. Un album fait pour les enragés avides de concerts de folie et de bonne bière. Un opus qui donne particulièrement envie d’être entendu sur scène." [Tafite]

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And here we go again: 8/10 on Myglobalmind.com!!!

"As far as my sometimes useless memory can recall, CHAIN REACTION are the first groove metal band if ever hears than come from Poland. Even so, apart from a few slight accent oddities the music and overall sound remains largely similar to that of bands from the more traditionally English speaking nations. I guess that’s one more thing that I can cross off my list, and the more surprising part was that the album they sent me, CUTTHROAT MELODIES, which is the bands second full-length is actually quite good and would serve most fans of very modern groove metal very well.

With the groove metal tag obviously influences from PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD are quite prominent, but CHAIN REACTION also have a slight element of the nu-metal sound similar to say the earlier albums of MUDVAYNE and even a little slappy bass a-la KORN.

Everything seems to be in check here. The vocals are mostly very good and the singer has a great level of variation, going from a Phil Anselmo type groove metal growl, to a hardcore metal grunt and even some well above average clean vocals, the guitars are chunky and the riffs are aplenty, and also the rhythm section bounce off each other and really lay down a thick juicy foundation. The only real negative I found it that most of the modern world has already heard this sort of stuff and I really feel as though CUTTHROAT MELODIES is about five or six years too late. Don’t get me wrong, it think they are a very good band and I enjoyed the album a lot, it’s just that with a major slice of the metal listening public these days latching on to all things metalcore and deathcore, the market for real thrashy groove metal has dwindled into near obscurity.

The metal landscape needs more bands like CHAIN REACTION, and I for one really, really hope that they find an audience as I would like to see them move up a few rungs on the pecking order and help to remind people just how good proper groove is. My only suggestion would be to lose a little bit of the nu-metal influence, not because I didn’t like it, just because I know a lot of people won’t, but apart from that, this is a band on the way up and who knows what they could do with their next album." [ZeeZee]

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And again: same rating 8/10 on Italian StereoInvaders webzine!

"Secondo album per i Chain Reaction, band thrash polacca attiva già dal 2002 che dopo un paio di demo aveva pubblicato il suo primo full-lenght, “Vicious Circle”, nel 2007. Il loro nuovo lavoro, “Cutthroath Melodies”, è composto da undici tracce che, se si eccettua magari la parte finale di “Insomnia Revised / H.B. Woodrose”, eseguita interamente con le chitarre acustiche, sono incentrate su riffs molto aggressivi ed una sezione ritmica veloce. Lo stile si rifà decisamente al thrash (Sepultura, Testament) con qualche venatura metalcore; il disco suona comunque alquanto fresco e moderno, tanto che per rendere meglio l’idea, alla band piace definire la propria musica come “modern metal”. Le tracce sono tutte molto coinvolgenti e dai ritmi trascinanti e, combinandosi con la pesantezza delle chitarre, riescono a creare un sound dall’impatto a dir poco devastante. La voce di Barton è aggressiva e potente, anche se in diversi passaggi, tuttavia, il singer opta per un cantato con voce molta pulita, mettendo in tal modo in mostra anche una buona espressività: un aspetto, questo, che viene ad esempio accentuato ulteriormente su un brano con un ritornello un po’ più melodico come “Project AM”. In linea di massima, ad ogni modo, la band non sembra voler affatto rinunciare alle melodie, che riescono a ritagliarsi il loro spazio all’interno del muro sonoro costruito dalla sezione ritmica. Un buon ritorno dunque, questo dei Chain Reaction, che testimonia come la band sia cresciuta e sia divenuta una realtà interessante. Tra i brani più convincenti, segnaliamo “Twinge”, “Elder Thrieved” e “Class A Prisoner”." [Elio F]

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"Whenever a band labels themselves as “modern metal” it can send people running, because sometimes that means that their actual sound is nowhere close to what is considered metal. But Poland’s Chain Reaction seems to be one of the few that can actually justify this label. On their sophomore effort Cutthroat Melodies the group offers modern day groove/thrash metal but manages to do it in such a way that they sidestep some of the issues that the genre has run into in recent years.

Groove metal seems to have become a blanket term for bands that have a more mainstream edge in recent years, but many people seem to forget that when done right the genre can mix some mainstream elements with technical guitar work and not be a complete bore. Chain Reaction’s instrumentalists appear to understand this, as while they have choruses that occasionally have a hard rock tinge to them there are also plenty of moments where the riffs display a lot of technical ability and grab your attention. As one might expect from this genre, by the end of the album some of the songs have started to sound similar to one another but the fact that Cutthroat Melodies actually has some distinguishing elements makes it stand above much of its competition.

The majority of the vocal arrangements are a mix of gruff clean singing and screaming, and sometimes the two styles blend together to form a slightly distorted clean style. It’s sure to remind listeners of bands such as Shadows Fall, and Chain Reaction’s lead singer Barton is at a similar level when it comes to staying in tune and offering the level of energy that you would expect. While this vocal style has never been my favorite, I realize that there are a lot of people out there who feel differently and if you’re one of them then I would highly recommend checking this release out.

Groove/thrash metal is a genre that I’ve become extremely critical towards in recent years because there is so much junk out there, so it is nice to find a band that actually has some technical ideas and doesn’t seem to be following the stereotypical mold. Chain Reaction isn’t one of my favorite metal groups just yet, but they have more potential than most and are worth listening to. Oh, and there are a million bands out there with this name so make sure you look for the one from Poland when seeking out Cutthroat Melodies." [Chris Dahlberg]

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Amazing new review! 'Cutthroat Melodies' rated 9/10 on MetalCentre.pl!!!

"Nadszedł czas na drugi album CHAIN REACTION. Po pierwszym albumie “Vicious Circle” zespół kontynuuje kontrakt z Kolony Records, a producentem „Cutthroat Melodies” został Tomasz „Zed” Zalewski. Jako, że materiał ten jakiś czas czekał w kolejce do recenzji, to przyznam, że miło było wsiąść do ręki tak oryginalnie wydaną promówkę – krążek cd umieszczony w (przyozdobionej w czarno-biały tekst i zdjęcia kapeli) okładce formatu A4 (!!!). Ze zdjęcia wynika, że panowie z CHAIN REACTION są amatorami wysokoprocentowego ekskluzywnego trunku – Jakc'a Daniels'a, hahaha... ale raczej to nie ma nic wspólnego z niewielkim podobieństwem ich muzyki do ACID DRINKERS (z okresu gdy kwasożłopy nagrywali albumy w stylu „Infernal Connection”, czy „High Proof Cosmic Milk”). Zresztą Jack Daniels to nie tania pryta, hahaha...

Po dalszym wsłuchaniu się w „Cutthroat Melodies” przyszły kolejne skojarzenia... z PANTERĄ. Mimo wszystko CHAIN REACTION nie jest kopią powyższych. Po prostu kapela produkuje Thrash Metalowe patenty z Groove Metalowym wykopem i byc może to stąd te podobieństwa. CHAIN REACTION ma własną duszę – pełną ciężkiej dynamiki, energii oraz inteligentnej agresji przeplatanej specyficznymi melodiami.

„Cutthroat Melodies” z zasady miażdży! Cięzkie, tłumione gitary o swoistej rytmice, dobitne uderzenia garów i agresywne polifoniczne wokale dominują w tej materii, która zawiera śladowe ilości Hardcore'a i Death Metalu. Chociaż panowie potrafią wyprodukować także spokojniejsze melancholijne wątki i fajne gitarowo-wokalne melodie, które nieraz potrafią zaskoczyć. Chociażby w kawałku „When Road 'n Booze Collide” (energiczne Southern Rock'owe granie przeplatane Heavy Metalowym tchnieniem). Dodatkowo na albumie pojawiają się pozamuzyczne elementy tworzące krótkie intra przed niektórymi utworami.

A zatem nie obce są im ciężkie zagrywki, gardłowe wokale jak i akustyczne motywy i czysty śpiew." [Gnom]

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'Cutthroat Melodies' rated 578/666 on Nightspirit.no webzine!

“Pros: A completely metal experience!
Cons: None!
Sounds Like: Pantera, Machine Head

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A phenomenal piece to add to anyone’s metal collection. This release is sure to please! Chain Reaction’s recent release “Cutthroat Melodies” is sure to keep all fans of the genre on the edge of their heavily distorted seats. Coming at you in a wonderful sound, mixed and mastered to perfection, this will keep every listener happy based on sound quality alone. Following in the sense of acts like Pantera and Machine Head, this act follows a mainly distorted sound, but keeps a very progressive movement of sound. Full of wailing guitars and fully used drum kits, this reminds me of when metal was more realistic and alive before we had things like Protools and other digital editing software. This is the most real sounding record I have heard in years, full of fist pumping riffs, tom and bass arrangements, and vocals that just draw the angst from your soul. Simply put, this is how a metal album should sound. Full of transitions, heavy distorted riffs, a few catchy vocal lines, this is the definition folks.
A few tracks to look towards making the decision of getting this record would be “Prime Integers” and “Elder Thrived”. A great work from a great act. I’ll be looking with anticipation for the next release." [Wrath]

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'Cutthroat Melodies' rated 8/10 on Sweden's Global Domination webzine!

"Well well well, didn’t this turn out to be a grower? Quite unexpectedly too, I must say. All the signs that this was going to be a record to be slammed are here. Let’s face it, it’s:

A) a label send, and we all know that more than 50% of the CDs we get sent here fucken suck it.

B) the band has a shit name, particularly to someone from Australia. Mention Chain Reaction to an Aussie my age and the first thing they’ll think of is the crappy John Farnham hit. Yes, that song was a massive hit. It’s our national shame.

And…

B) it’s not something that impressed me one iota upon my first listen. In fact, at first listen I though this was quite dull. Two or three listens later, I thought: “Man, I could not have been more wrong.”

Chain Reaction, hailing from Poland, came with the description “classic thrash with a modern edge”. The modern edge referred to is not doubt the oozes of groove and a smattering of blues, and it’s that bluesy influence that really gives this album the edge. While a lot of the modern day thrash/groove acts imitate the scene setters such as Pantera and Machine Head, Chain Reaction have taken a slightly different direction with their sound to make something that does actually sound unique. Yes, they have a lot of traditional thrash riffery. Yes, there’s plenty of groove breakdowns. I know it sounds like what a hundred other bands out there are doing, but this album has a fantastic blues infusion to really make it tick.

The vocal performance on this album suits the music perfectly. Barton’s voice is quite unique and does take a listen or two to enjoy, but never does he sound out of place. While Barton takes multiple approaches, ranging from yells, growls and cleanly sung choruses, his core husky singing really rounds out the sound of the band. His mixed style is not out of place either, and he picks the right moments for the right style. I did mention cleanly sung choruses, which don’t slot in on all tracks, but on those he does (mostly on the second half of the album), it’s tremendously catchy and melodic. There are other moments where aggression is at the forefront, and here too he delivers the goods with growls and yells.

The production on the album is spot on the mark too. As expected with this kind of work, a big guitar sound is present. I love a big guitar sound. Ever since Machine Head’s classic “Burn My Eyes” it’s been that way (I never fail to get a boner on that album). “Cutthroat Melodies” has a great guitar sound, giving ample backing to the grooves and crunches of the guitars.

All in all, I’m damn impressed. At first listen I thought this album was pretty generic, but a few listens later the fucken hooks sank in. Deep. If you like groove-driven thrash this band is one you need to check out. At the end of the day it’s the blues influence that really won me over to them. Interchanging between massive grooves and crunches to catchy choruses that you’ll find yourself singing along to, this is a damn fine album." [Revenant]

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Another cool review posted by Cack Blabbath webzine!

"They Say :- Chain Reaction was formed in the end of 2002 as a band of friends playing together for fun. Two years later, at the moment when the band’s style was maturing, it was joined by Barton who took over the lead singer’s position. In 2006 CR’s new tracks were recorded as the “id” Promo and met with great reception.

The band kept on working hard and in the end of 2007 recorded their first LP album entilted “Vicious Circle”. They spent the next year playing loads of gigs and, finally, signed their first record deal with a new Italian label, Kolony Records. “Vicious Circle” was out in stores around Europe in March, 2009 and gained great reviews, both in press and on the internet. This only strengthened the band’s belief that what they have created was good and gave them a good vibe, needed at that time, as they were finishing the writing of their second album.

“Cutthroat Melodies”, Chain Reaction’s second LP was recorded in the last months of 2009 and is to be released in May 2010, once again by Kolony Records.

We Say :- Cutthroat Melodies is, as you’ve just read, the second album from Polish metal band Chain Reaction. It came out a few months ago but as I’ve just heard it I thought I would share my thoughts with you…

Especially as it’s a bit good.

One of my ambitions since I started this site was to use the phrase “chunky riffs”. It’s up there with “slab of rock”, “balls out” and suchlike when it comes to “phrases that you have to use in at least one review”, so here we go…

Chain Reaction play ‘proper’ thrashy heavy metal with thudding beats and massive chunky riffs (yay, finally). Mostly, it’s reminiscent of Pantera and their successors. The tracks chug along over a rumbling bottom end that is simply text book heavy. The band also benefit from a decent vocalist in the form of Barton who has an array of styles at his disposal, sometimes there are similarities to Max Cavalera, others it’s Phil Anselmo but it’s always distinctive and tuneful enough not to sound like a clone of either.

Clearly this is no bad thing.

There are some great heavy metal moments here, album opener Twinge is a chunky riff-fest (OK, I’ll stop that now) and God Lives Too Long is a song Machine Head wish they’d written.

This is an album that has an immediate appeal. Although it’s mostly up tempo metal they do slip in the occasional oddball just to show you that they have a little bit more about them. There is one of the nicest acoustic guitar widdle-fests I have heard recently at the end of Insomnia Revised, it’s a total change of style that shows a softer side.

The other unexpected track on here is When Road & Booze Collide. Never mind Pantera, this is very much Volbeat-esque rockabilly flavoured rock’n'roll and it is very well done. Bet it’s a blast when they do it live.

This is a release that it’s difficult to find fault with. It’s proper metal played properly.

What more could you ask for ?

Shh, don’t tell anyone but I don’t much like Machine Head. I would if they sounded like this." [admin]

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