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Life For The Living
Released: 2013, Chron Goblin Entertainment
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
From the beer stained and smoke filled stages of Canada comes stoner rockers Chron Goblin, are back with their second full-length, Life for the Living. Although more on the rock side of things for Metal Rules, this four piece certainly packs a punch when it comes to thick tones and beefy riffs. Following their debut EP, the band has proved their well-earned notoriety with by landing gigs with some of the great names in heavy music, including Vista Chino, Orange Goblin, Black Pussy and 3 Inches of Blood. In the spring of 2013, their talents won them the coveted contest-spot at Desertfest London, making them the first Canadians to grace the stage of the gold standard Camden festival.
Opening with the spacey Deserter, it’s clear things may get trippy, but when Dry Summer begins, sludgy influences of Witchfinder General and Black Sabbath spill in. It doesn’t take long for the vocal talents of Josh Sandulak to become clear. His voice is melodic yet coarse, and controlled but wailing. “Wah-Wah” guitar solos come as no surprise, but seem almost the essential accompaniment to the repetitive backing riff.
Big Baby is a bluesy rocker, opening with the sound of a roaring motorcycle and soulful harmonica playing. The build almost seems a little lengthy but eventually throws the listener into an upbeat rollercoaster and twisting blues-rock riffs and catchy melodic phrases repeated and built upon by Devin Purdy, guitarist.
Things come to an end with track ten, Any Day, a psychedelic and creepy slow pacer. A great closer to the record, this is my personal stand out track, with launch doom riffs in a similar vein to Pentagram and even the more modern bands such as Pagan Altar.
Overall here we have ten-tracks of solid stoner rock, with a cool summer vibe which makes them just as suitable a band for an open air festival as a smoky rock basement club. Definitely recommended if you think this might sound like your bag, and have a listen and buy the record, unless you’ve taken too many drugs (it is possible) you won’t be disappointed! Oh, and have a listen to our recent interview with the guys too!
Review by Jarod Lawley
2. Dry Summer
3. Lonely Prey
4. Big Baby
5. Give No More
7. Life for the Living
8. Blood Flow
10. Any Day
Josh Sandulak – Vocals
Devin "Darty" Purdy – Guitar
Richard Hepp – Bass
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