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Cauldron: Chained to the Nite
Heavy Metal
Earache Records
April 6th, 2009
Release length: 43:43
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It seems like there are more and more new bands hitting the scene that don’t bring anything too original anymore, but instead try to perfect the formula to create an album that captures the magic of the early metal movements, and Cauldron is another one of these bands. While the band doesn’t necessarily offer much to stand out, what they do instead is create a traditional Heavy Metal album that shines with all the stereotypes and cliche’s of the early Heavy Metal style that made it so exciting in the first place, such as songs that have some great bite to them, but don’t rely on being overly fast, as well as having an early eighties recording quality, and clean singing that works well with the overall darker, backalley Hard Rock mentality that some of these earlier recordings would have. This Canadian Heavy Metal act’s debut album, Chained to the Nite, pays perfect homage to the music that helped kick start it all.

As stated, Chained to the Nite has a very old-school sound to it in every aspect. Not only is the recording quality a bit darker, raw, and at times sounds just a little clearer then an analog recording from the earlier days of metal, but the music also shinesw through for having a nice kick to it to keep it in the Heavy Metal field, but often has songs that clearly have a focus on lighter Hard Rock riffs that give this release a bit of a laid back feel to it at times, but not the point where you’ll wind up drifting off against calming tones and soft, yet somewhat higher pitched clean singing. The first song off the album is perhaps the best representation of what to expect on this album, as “Young and Hungry” makes for a perfect early anthem with a deep rooted focus on a Hard Rock approach that has the same kind of atmosphere one would find on early albums where you would expect a music video of the band, or some random gang, in an alley, and something to do with a random girl. This is essentially the set up for the album, which makes the release rather accessible to anyone and make it so you don’t have to be in a certain mood to enjoy a new incarnation of some classic musical ideas.

While the album is generally set up like the first song, not all of the tracks like that could be considered anthems. “The Leaven/Formenting Enchantress” is just a solid, straight forward old school Heavy Metal track that, again, is rather laid back, especially in the chorus, but is just performed so well that the music has enough of a bite to keep the listener upright the entire time. Aside that, the faster songs on here are just as enjoyable and really show some more talent from the band. The somewhat higher pitched vocals that come off soothing on this release work well for both the slower and faster tracks, which may seem a little odd, but one listen to “Dreams Die Young” will prove that this vocal style works perfectly. While the music comes at you a little harder, the base Hard Rock influence still remains thanks to the soft vocals that fall just shy of a Glam Rock style. The music on this track comes at you pretty hard at times, especially during the guitar solo and the bridge after that where it’s focused greatly on bass, and the remainder of the solo.

But, for an unique as the vocal approach to this album is, especially with the harder songs, there are times where they do just seem a bit weak throughout the album. “Chained Up in Chains” has moments where the vocals get a little lower, and sound a bit off. Even “Bound to the Stake” has this issue too, and while this isn’t too bad an issue with the album, it does kind of hurt those sections. Aside that, there’s no real variance in the vocals. While the singing is pretty good on many tracks, and once in a while you’ll get a pushed effort from the vocalist to hit some higher noites, like in “Witch Trail”, many of the songs doesn’t see the vocals go above the established vocal range of the first song, typically being mid-ranged with a little more force here and there where needed, but not nearly enough to kill some of the repetition that starts to build up around “Dreams Die Young” and on, with the aforementioned exdweption of “Waitch Trail” which honestly features the best vocal performance off the record thanks to a little more force behind the vocals throughout the song, and not just in specific spots in a repetitive manner, and also due to a small section where the vocals are lower, almost like they are distorted, that works well with the small little darker bridge that comes to play around half way through the song.

Overall, Chained to the Nite is a fun album that has some hard hitting tracks, and also blends in some mellow tracks that have a good bite to them as well to keep the listener attentive the entire time. Outside the suiting vocals that sometimes can grow a little repetitive during the weaker moments in their performances and softer elements of songs, the album is highly enjoyable with plenty of replay in it. If catchy old school Heavy Metal is your thing, there’s no reason to pass up checking out the fubt Cauldron album. If this is a sign of what the band can bring to the table, then with a little more time and growth, this band will be a strong act to follow in the Heavy Metal scene.

01. Young and Hungry – 3:36
02. Conjure the Mass – 4:10
03. Chained Up in Chains – 5:11
04. The Leaven/Fermenting Enchantress – 6:17
05. Dreams Die Young – 4:03
06. Sound to the Stake – 4:27
07. Witch Trail – 6:09
08. Midnite Hour – 6:00
09. Chains Around Heaven (Black ‘N’ Blue cover) – 3:50
Overall Score: 7.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Earache Records.