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The Chapter
April 2000
Released: 2000, Stark Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: EvilG

Although the recording quality of this EP is not the best, the songs and talent shine through. The Chapter play what I'd call traditional heavy metal. For this reason it's surprising to note that the band hail from Los Angles, USA a city known for it's love of the flavor of the month.

When I heard the first track "Underdog" it was clear to me that these guys were influenced primarily by traditional metal and the likes of Dio, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen. The Chapter does not yet have the polished sound of these bands and they are sometimes rough around the edges but you can hear the beginnings of something great on this four song EP. With a few more years of experience and with the right person (and money) behind the recording, these guys will be well on their way to glory. The problem with this EP is not the song writing, it's the sound. The drums sound dead and the vocals sound like they were recorded with no effects on them at all. In a few places you can tell that some of this was hastily recorded like on the Rainbow cover they do for "Tarot Woman." They do a fine job of it but I can't help but think every time I listen to this how awesome this would sound if only it were recorded better.

I hope this band continues on and does not just become another of the nameless bands that release a demo or two then wither into obscurity. Stick to your guns and stay metal guys! I anxiously await new material from The Chapter!!
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