Reviewed: January 2005
Released: 2004, Massacre Records / Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
The guitar hero David T. Chastain is back with his legendary band Chastain. Things have been quiet with the band since 1997 when their last album IN DEMENTIA came out. IN AN OUTRAGE is their eight one since they started out in 1984. The members have played with famous artists like Alice Cooper, Cinderella, House Of Lords and King Diamond, to mention a few of them. Many bands have done cover versions of Chastain songs, including the most recent one from Swedish act Hammerfall. Along with David Chastain, the band consists of the singer Kate French (read the interview with her here on Metal Rules) and the two new members in the rhythm section, Larry Howe on drums and Dave Starr on bass from the band Vicious Rumors.
There are ten songs on the album but I don’t know who has written the music, but French has written the lyrics. I don’t know which studio they’ve used now when they recorded it but the producer is David Chastain himself. He has managed to create a real heavy sounscape with lots of hard guitars and lead vocals at the top of the mix. The rhythm section sounds really stable and Chastain has succeeded in combining the old sound with an updated sound for the 21st century. As an old fan of honest and pure heavy metal it warms my metal hear to hear this. This is genuine heavy metal with an updated sound that really suits this century.
According to the bio the band says they are now touching on influences that run the gamut of old school and new school metal. I can’t doing anything but agree with that description. This album is totally brilliant all the way through and I have nothing remotely negative to say about this. This album is an odyssey in well played heavy metal with a lot of different tempo changes.
These ten tracks are filled with a whole lot of double bass pedals, riffing and sharp guitar play and French shows up with an incredible vocal capacity. The only things that are less than perfect on this brilliant album are the extremely ugly cover done by Travis Smith and the very odd song “Souls The Sun” which has a very strange intro that sounds like an Indian song and it doesn’t fit in on this album at all. That’s all the negative things I can find.
French has a really raw voice and aggressive voice that fits this music like a glove. David Chastain sure can handle a guitar and the both can lay back on a solid and stable rhythm section.
The band says in the bio “Musically, this one is definitely the best CD we have done with Chastain”. I really believe that and may I add to that BUY, BUY, BUY this album right now!
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