Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Chained and Desperate-Divine Authority Abolishment

Pitch Black Records

Taking their name from NWOBHM act Chateaux's album title Greek melodic black metal outfit Chained and Desperate offer up their sophomore release, “Divine Authority Abolishment” to the metal gods for consumption. Formed in 1990 the band released numerous demos before finally dropping their debut album, "Eleven Angels in a Circle" in 2000. Now signed to Pitch Black Records the group's desire to craft a new version of black metal is as intense as ever. Pulling in influences ranging from Bathory and Death to Candlemass, Manilla Road and Manowar the band has sought to avoid comparisons to Rotting Christ as well as others such as Dissection, Enslaved and Primordial. No mistake though Chained and Desperate are a different sort of creature and should be viewed as such. Scheduled for release on July 29th, 2011 this album is not only finely crafted, but also well played and above all else interesting. The band-C.M.Ain: Vocals, Panos Chained: Guitars, Jim Havok: Bass, Kostas Makris: Vocals (ex-Swan Christy) and George Pavlantis: Drums, percussion (Reflection, ex-Swan Christy) offer enough surprises on Divine Authority Abolishment to make it an easy and effortless listen. Listen close as they pull doom and black metal together alongside metal not too far removed from Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. Clean technical Euro metal balances nicely with the pagan metal giving this release something different to stand out. A good follow up to Eleven Angels in a Circle.


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