Chainfist – Scarred

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It is fair to say that Danish metallers Chainfist with their new album Scarred, has not ventured too far from the roaring core which made their debut album Black Out Sunday an acclaimed and greedily devoured storm. To that easily agreeable seed though, the quintet has found a bolder, fuller, and melodically driven freshness which makes second full-length and even stronger and gripping proposition. The release still wears the inspirations of thrash metal’s founding fathers openly and proudly on its sinew bulging sleeve but twists them into a new creatively exciting and voracious adventure.

Formed in 2007 by members who have the likes of Infernal Death, Epicenter, Panzerchrist, and Frozen Sun to their pedigree, Chainfist made their first major impression in their homeland and around Europe with Black Out Sunday in 2010, it gaining further recognition when the band signed a management deal with Rock N Growl two years later. It was a release making strong first impressions before growing to be an increasingly persuasive potential soaked thrill. Scarred makes the biggest impression right away, the band fulfilling the promise offered on their debut whilst building a more distinctive presence of sound and invention. There is still not a massive uniqueness about the release but with a melodic emprise and imaginative resourcefulness which inescapably captivates ears and emotions, the album stands as a thoroughly riveting and anthemically powerful proposition.

The Michael Hansen produced and Jacob Hansen (Primal Fear, Volbeat, Anubis Gate, Pretty Maids) mixed and mastered release swiftly grips ears and imagination with the start of opener Scars of time. A lone guitar within a chilled ambience offers a haunted and portentous yet inviting coaxing which soon opens up the door to rugged riffs and thumping beats. It is prime thrash antagonism which gets the blood running urgently through ears and emotions but also carries an infectious swing leading to a rampant chorus. In no time vocalist Jackie Petersen is driving the song to greater ferocity, his clean but welcomingly raw tones backed perfectly by group harmonies whilst the guitars of Michael Kopietz and Thomas Hvisel provide an abrasing and melodically bracing temptation to fire up the senses even more. It is an impressive if not startling start, in comparison to things to come, which sets the tone for the album perfectly.

1000 ways to bleed strides intimidatingly in next, the rhythms of drummer Jesper Heidelbach flirting with hostility whilst bassist Braca Pedersen provides a heavy compelling lure around which vocals and guitars cast their addictive ChainfistScarredCoverdesigns. Less aggressive than its predecessor in some ways and more intimidating in others, the track explores a melody rich but imposing scenery of invention and enterprise before making way for the outstanding Black rebel noise. A spicy groove wraps ears early on before the track finds a swagger to its punchy incitement. There is a definite Volbeat feel to the energy of the song whilst musically and vocally it is hard to look past Metallica and John Bush era Anthrax as references but the track soon develops its own contagious suasion to enslave body and passions.

Both Another day in hell and Poison moon keep the thrills and quality coming, the first bursting from an evocative stormy ambience coloured by a melodic caress of guitar and the continually impressing vocals of Petersen. It subsequently evolves into an emotive reflection which is at ease whether smouldering with melodic calm or raging with virulent hostility. Melodic meets classic heavy metal within a thrash bred predation the track is an unpredictable and impassioned blaze of sound and craft. Its successor goes for the jugular from the start, almost moving in reverse as it brings warm washes of melodies into its unrelenting tempest of intensity and ravenous riffery. It is a striking and richly pleasing provocateur but soon shaded by the next up 10.000. Prowling ears from the start with menacing riffs and brutal beats, the song stalks with tenacious vocals and sonic enticement, guitars spinning a caustic and infection soaked web to bind ears and thoughts. It is a glorious muscular anthem unafraid to explore its more devilish side through toxic addictive hooks and a scorching solo.

Know you hate similarly sets the heart afire with its ridiculously catchy temptation within an aggressive weave of riffs and rhythms. Volbeat again comes to mind whilst also thoughts of Disturbed make their suggestive hints from within the exhilarating slab of addiction. It is not quite matched by Seven minutes of pain, but the following song powerfully lays down a bordering on savage assault of riffs and rhythms which is prone to scythes of sonic intrigue and melodic radiance vocally and musically. It is another song where its infectiousness is irresistible for feet and voice, an aggressive provocative fuel for the passions.

Through the similarly structured and creative Statement, band and album reinforce their potent persuasion whilst Mass frustration provides the most intensive and volatile track on Scarred without neglecting the radiant melodic side of the invention running through the release. It is a powerful encounter which leaves ears on an agitated high for the final acoustic version of Black rebel noise to restore calm and peace to. It is an enjoyable and skilled end to the album but the meat is in the richly flavoursome meal of the previous songs.

Chainfist have moved their sound on to a striking new plateau with their album and it is easy to feel there is still more to come even as impressive as Scarred is. The album confirms the Danes as a major proposition in the making and a thrilling encounter of insatiable metal in the now.

Scarred is available now through Mighty Music @ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scarred-Chainfist/dp/B00M9JLS06/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412602534&sr=8-1&keywords=chainfist

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RingMaster 07/10/2014

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Panzerchrist – The 7th Offensive

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Bludgeoning the senses and once again stomping them into dust with their sonic war machine, Danish death metallers Panzerchrist return with new album The 7th Offensive, a release which sets up a new frontline of violence and aural animosity whilst revitalising existing weaponry within the band’s accomplished arsenal. The Listenable Records released seventh album from the quartet is an unrelenting intensive assault on senses and thoughts, an extreme provocation with every intent and ultimate success of ripping any sense of safety from its recipients. Achieved just as potently by a sinister serpentine melodic temptation as by the expected uncompromising brutal intimidation, band and album without tearing down new boundaries is a formidable, very satisfying act of war.

Formed in 1994 by ex-Illdisposed drummer Michael “Panzergeneral” Enevoldsen, Panzerchrist took little time in drawing string responses and acclaim with their early albums but it was with the release of Soul Collector in 2000 that things took on a new might and earned an additional strength of acclaim and recognition as the band unleashed its war themed formula and matching intensive sound. Through the following likes of Room Service in 2003, Battalion Beast three years later, and Regiment Ragnarok of 2011, as the sound and attack became more brutal and intense the responses and acclaim rose in tandem which with The 7th Offensive standing before us is sure to continue, even if arguably the new album misses out on emulating the heights of its predecessor whilst equally stretching its strengths further and to different places. With new members in the shape of drummer Simon Schiling (ex-Fleshcrawl) and vocalist Søren Tintin Lønholdt (ex-Exmorten) alongside bassist Enevoldsen and guitarist Nils Petersen, Panzerchrist offers a bleak, unforgiving onslaught which leaves the breath exhausted and pleasure high.

The sonic tirade starts with Panzer the 7th Offensive, an immediate battalion of rhythms and guttural expulsions under the premise ofcover_l vocals accosting the ear with deliberate intent whilst the guitar of Petersen creates a mesh of melodic antagonism. It is an instantly enthralling lure soon drenched in heavier shadows and energy which storms through the ear with incessant purpose whilst a flag of melodic colour marks the predacious tempest below.

The following Foreign Fields takes over the mission with the sonic flare of the guitar immediately into its narrative, so much so that it feels like you are dropping in on an already in motion escapade. Once in full muscular flight the track is a heavy and ravenous bestial force, drums and bass caging the ear for vocals and the continuing to impress guitar of Petersen to carve out their distinct but mutually in league toxic calls. It is a strong continuation of the start matched by both In the Name of Massacration and Stronghold of Hill 666; two more lethally constructed and delivered hostile engagements that capture the imagination with a venomous sonic and melodic web as imposing and riveting as the voracious malevolent hunger driving them on. The chaos fuelled maelstrom making up the finale of the first of the two is a standout moment of the first half of the album whilst its successor has a niggling repetitive nature to its stalking that only magnetises the senses.

Certainly to this point The 7th Offensive holds attention, thoughts, and eagerness in its sinew powered hands if without lighting the strongest fires inside the passions. It is an impressive first half to the album though but soon left in the shade of the remaining tracks, well after the primal raw Dogger Dead has savaged the ear, the track a thick slab of venom and unbridled vitriol which leaves thoughts unsure even after numerous plays on how to take and view its presence. There are no doubts about the next up Mass Attack of the Lychantrope Legion, the song a melodically honed call of triumph and glory within the battlefield, but  a piece with jaws and sonic swords ready to defend and attack any encroaching incitement and shadows. It is a scintillating song with riffs and solos as bright flames across the ever intense and thrilling bass and drum incitement, a shifting and primed adventure which just steals the passions the longer it is allowed to explore.

      Kill for Revenge and Drone Killing step up next to also enslave senses and emotions with inventive twists and turns to their barbed weaves of riffs, blood hued sonics, and rhythmic condemnation. The first is a rapacious steel booted dance of menace and temptation whilst the second is a ferocious unyielding devouring of ear and mind, a torrential sonic blistering which lays down a constant caustic rub of destructive nagging. Backed up by the equally corrosive rant of Napalm Alarm and the departing yet lingering march of Pig Parade, the tracks bring the album to a towering conclusion which out flanks its former part with ease.

     The 7th Offensive is a great album which ticks all the boxes for an extreme metal release and more, but falls at the hurdle of originality and debatable innovation. It is still a thoroughly enjoyable and enterprising release from Panzerchrist though showing that there is still no stopping the war machine.

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8/10

RingMaster 13/10/2013

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Chainfist – Black Out Sunday

With the recent signing of Danish groove metal band Chainfist in a worldwide management deal with Rock N Growl, the band’s debut album came back into view so we thought it was time to dive into it and get a taste of things to come. The band has just finished recording a 3 track promo with producer Søren Jensen with the results to be mixed by the legendary Jacob Hansen and from the evidence of their album Black Out Sunday there is nothing short of eager anticipation and high expectations building for its release later this year.

Consisting of Jackie Petersen (vocals), Michael Kopietz (guitar), Jesper Heidelbach (drums) and Braca Pedersen (bass) Chainfist recorded Black Out Sunday in 2010 and gathered some good acclaim upon its release. Since then the band has been joined by the skilled guitarist Thomas Hvisel recently, to take over lead guitar and there is a sense that the band now a quintet, is only going to be more powerful and creative.

Chainfist has strong pedigree with members previously in the likes of Infernal Death, Epicenter, Panzerchrist and Frozen Sun. Their individual ability and accomplished songwriting is evident from the opening track to the last lingering note of Black Out Sunday. Chainfist’s sound is a heady mix of metal, heavy metal and hard rock, the band seamlessly blending the flavours into an intriguing and thrilling beast of a sound that offers something captivating and powerful at every turn. First listen brought an appreciative nod and full enjoyment but upon subsequent plays as more and more qualities emerged within songs the album simply worked itself deeper and deeper to become one of the more rewarding and satisfying rock releases heard in a while.

The infectious rampant ‘Free Me’ opens up the onslaught of Black Out Sunday. Driving riffs, dominating rhythms and a swinging groove from start to finish make the song a vibrant exhausting party. The vocals of Petersen are clean, crisp and expressive yet hard and aggressive in the right spots. The track does not offer too much new but to introduce a release and band it is an insatiable pleasuring of the ear. If you are looking for an explosive straight forward rock song this is it.

The songs from here on in are nicely varied and creative whether more melodically led as in ‘Edge Of The World’ or on a thunderous charge as in ‘Be A Man’. The latter of the two is an aggressive little fiend of a track, defiant and carrying a stunning senses twisting teasing groove. It recalls elements of the likes of Society 1 as does the brilliant ‘Have You Ever’. This song is a gloriously dark pulsating brute winding within the head and heart with sinister riffs, grouchy basslines and a hungry waspish groove that consumes relentlessly.

It has to be said when the Chainfist go for the heavy and intensely direct route they really light up the senses though their ‘mellower’ melodic flows are just as gratifying. In the excellent ‘Stay’ the band begin the song with an emotive voice and feel before the song lifts off into a forceful but controlled rock song. On the less aggressive songs such as ‘Show Me’ the band has a sound that reminds of bands like Volbeat and Dommin with a touch of Danzig which pleases just as much as the heavier more intense tracks.

Throughout the album feeds the senses wonderfully with the chugging riff fest of ‘In Your Face’, the rampaging mischievous and venomous chaos of ‘Clown’, and the chunky guitar loaded ‘Blackout’ as striking and thoroughly as stirring as those previously mentioned. Black Out Sunday is simply a great rock album from a band that has yet to find one feels its full potential. Guitarist Michael Kopietz has said “The new material is stronger, heavier and even more melodic than the songs we made on our debut CD Black Out Sunday.” We say bring it on!

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Chainfist – Have You Ever

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