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David T. Chastain
Rock Solid Guitar
December 2001
Released: 2001, Leviathan
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

I’m calling it right now… David. T. Chastain is the most prolific blues/rock/metal guitarist EVER. By my crude calculations, (and keeping in my quality does not always mean quality) Mr. Chastain has been churning out high-calibre Rock and Metal since the dawn of time. With the aid of the Leviathan and Diginet web-sites, I pieced together a crude discography revealing that Chastain has been the predominant writer/performer in 6 or 7 bands, releasing over 30 CD’s since 1981.



Rock Solid Guitar is Mr. Chastain’s, 11th (I think) “solo” CD and never has a title been so apt. With RSG, Chastain gives the fans what they have been clamouring for, a good ol’ bass, drums, guitar driven rock/metal album with groove. There is not a lot of continuity on this CD. Each song represents a different and distinct flavour. Shred-heads be warned…There is surprisingly little neo-classic shred present on this disc. In fact many of the songs are surprisingly simplistic, however that is not a complaint because Chastain adds “soul”, “feel” or “groove” (or whatever ya wanna call it) to these songs. The main complaint of detractors of guitar heroes is that solo CD’s often lack emotion is the song writing. Although I have never agreed with the philosophy that shredding lacks heart and soul, this is certainly not the case on this CD, even if you do think that shredding lacks feel.



The packaging like many of these releases is not elaborate, preferring to let the music do the talking. A couple of pictures and the obligatory song-by-song liner notes are inside a relatively dull cover. The production is solid and competent. When music like this is really stripped down to the basics, it is hard to screw up the production, especially with an experienced producer like Chastain doing his own production.



The songs are the result of spontaneous jams that went so well, Leviathan decided to put it out there for the die-hard fans, like me, out there who will buy every thing Chastain has ever done. Rock solid drumming by up and comin’ drummer extraordinaire, Mike Haid and bassist Steven Tyler, are highlighted on the 7 minute AC/DC tribute tune called, “Hats off To Malcolm and Angus! This CD has it all, fast ones, slow ones, some fusion style stuff, stand-outs in my mind being, Dancing With The Devils Mistress and Getting a Little Crazy.



Some might question my high rating but I feel that all metal fans really should own a Chastain disc or four in their library. This CD would be a great introduction to the excellent song-writing and playing ability that Chastain is renowned for, without having to absorb the complexity of some of his other…less accessible… solo releases. If you are not a huge fan of guitar heros or instrumental releases this disc is well worth your attention, and if you already a fan, you will not be disappointed.
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David T. Chastain
Rock Solid Guitar
December 2001
Released: 2001, Leviathan Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

Does this guy ever take a break? Not only is David one of the best and most accomplished guitarists in the world with over 30 releases to his credit, he is also the driving force behind Leviathan Records. David Chastain should be no stranger to anyone in the metal world reading this review. He is the founder of the group Chastain which at first highlighted the amazing vocals of Leather Leone and now is fronted by another female in Kate French. He also is part of seminal cult band CJSS who just released a new CD not too long ago. David also has dipped his foot into the blues ocean and has released a blues rock disc with his group Southern Gentlemen, who if I'm not mistaken, are working on another CD. Amongst all these group releases David has also released numerous guitar instrumental CDs. As if all these musical projects are not enough to fill his time, David is also the mind behind Leviathan Records. Leviathan is the home of some of David’s projects but also of such diverse acts as Kenziner, Joe Stump and Vain Glory. I once reviewed David and asked him where he got the time for all these projects. The gist of his answer was that the just loved music. I guess that is why he has so much music just lying around ready to be released when it could be properly packaged. ROCK SOLID GUITAR is such an album.



The CD started out as just a jam session but after hearing the tapes David decided that it was too good to lay around gathering dust. Joining David is drummer Mike Haid and bass player Steven Taylor. According to David the material on the CD was planned to a degree but he was free to move around inside the piece as much as he wanted. And it shows. The songs sound spontaneous and full of energy. None showcase this like the opening song "Burning Passions". On this track the rhythm section is tight and Chastain is all over the place. He plays what comes to mind and the track is all the stronger for it as he displays some of his mastery of his instrument. "Sounds Cool To Me" is filled with emotion and Chastain fills the songs with lots of bluesy hard rock drenched solos. One of the most upbeat tracks is "Dancing With The Devil’s Mistress". To me this track has a real late 60s ,early 70s sound with a very basic bass line that actually helps to highlight the guitar playing. Other highlights are the touching ballad "In Memoriam", which is dedicated to all those that we have lost through time, and the closing track "Hat’s off to Angus and Malcolm" pays homage to the bluesy hard rock of 2 of genre’s guitar legends.



Every time I hear a release from David Chastain, he never ceases to amaze me. From Zanister to CJSS to Chastain to Southern Gentlemen, his projects are always of the highest quality and never carbon copies of each other. If you crave some instrumental hard rock, then David Chastain and ROCK SOLID GUITAR is the place to find it. http://www.leviathanrecords.com
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