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In An Outrage
November 2004
Released: 2004, n/a
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

I think perhaps that when it comes to erasing the memory of Leather Leone, the third time is the charm for Kate French. Not that fans ‘want’ Leather’s legacy removed or even overshadowed but I would not be surprised of some old-school purists did not give Kate the chance she deserved in the 90’s, due to the different nature of the songwriting on the past two Chastain studio CD’s.

Chastain (the band) is back with CD number eight and it a killer! Although I have very fond memories of growing up with the first five (Leather) CD’s, but after hearing Kate’s performance on this disc, I have officially decided I like Kate better as a singer. Sorry Leather! Her voice is full of range, dynamics and character giving new dimension to songs that lyrically are not all that challenging. Songs like ‘Bullet from A Gun’ don’t have much to say lyrically but her performance makes the song. In fact many (most?) of the songs are pretty damn angry, hence the title I suppose.

Chastain has a couple of new members but familiar faces Dave Starr and Larry Howe (ex-Vicious Rumors) and these veterans do what it takes to let David and Kate shine who are, admittedly the stars in the band. I wouldn’t have anyone lese backing me up!

Great self-production from perfectionists Chastain as always and the packaging is streamlined, lyrics a couple of photos and no liner notes this time oddly enough. I guess the drive and feel of the album are pretty self-explanatory as is the cover, a neat digital rendering of, some sort of madman who is in outrage.

This CD reminds me of a very decent cross between Who Dares Wins and the last couple, less neoclassical playing more grit , crunch, heavier guitar tone, less shredding just more balls and power. I think this is the CD to reintroduce fans who maybe lost their way after Leather left…I mean it has been ten years and a painfully long seven years since the last Chastain CD! A welcome return that finds the band firing on all cylinders and in an outrage!
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