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Chainfist: Black Out Sunday
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Self-release
October 15th, 2010
Release length: 51:49
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Chainfist formed back in 2007. and comes to us from Slagelse, Denmark. Since forming, the band issued a demo in 2007 that compiled some recording sessions, at least that’s what it is made out to be by it’s title anyway, as well as a follow-up single one year later. Two years after that, the group entered the studio and independently issued their own full-length debut album. Black Out Sunday has seen some pretty positive reviews, especially as of late since teaming up with Rock N Growl Promotions. So, of course, anticipation was built up when venturing into this Danish Hard Rock/Heavy Metal effort.

Much of Black Out Sunday has a very subtle Heavy Metal impression, finding much of the music performed here better fitting to the Hard Rock genre at times. The guitars do have a bit of a deeper edge to them that does give the Hard Rock inspired riffs a stronger impact to the listener regardless of the speed they are performed, and the bass nicely supports the instrument and heavier tone of the album thanks to it being more obvious in the mix in an audible sense, though not necessarily too strong to be felt. The two instruments vary greatly throughout the album as far as which one really is more dominant, and many of the edgier tracks will find a stronger bass presence in comparison. This is met with a clean vocal performance that does find a slightly heated roughness at times. This leads some of the faster, heavier songs, such as “Evolution,” to take on a bit of an obvious Metallica influence with some Thrash riffs, but never becoming a carbon copy of the group to claim these tracks as unoriginal or uninspiring. On top of that the drums come through well amid the digital production quality, and whether a softer or heavier approach, the kit sounds phenomenal. The cymbals come through nicely to enrich the music’s impact, and the snares have a nice, loud richness to them that accompanies the subtle click of the bass kick that can be a bit drowned out when the music has a little more energy to it, but when that occurs you can still pick up on an additional deeper layer to the music distinctive to that part of the kit.

And really, with the kind of sound outlined above, it’s pretty clear that the heavier, and/or faster material really stands out on this release. “Edge of the World” is one of the first slower tracks, and the additional edge the instruments have ends up feeling a little wasted, but not necessarily pointless. This obvious Hard Rock track does its best to grab the listener’s attention while also catering to a more relaxing state of mind that doesn’t come off as something mainstream audiences would instantly eat up. Even the first song, “Free Me,” feels a little less than inspiring, but it definitely suits the audio quality of the production and distortions used. The song has more of a modern Stoner Rock kind of chord progression to it that is catchy, and a little more on the upbeat side, especially in the chorus. But with that said, the chorus ends up becoming the weakest aspect since that part feels lighter compared to the rest of the song that has a stronger bass approach to it, and great desire for it to be present despite has some similar groovier riffs that the chorus has. One listen and it just becomes obvious how important this heavy sound is to the latter, and not to the prior. Of course this doesn’t make it a bad song at all, as it does feel like a good deal of energy is behind the performance, and the music played is really catchy and enjoyable without being something overly simple like “Edge of the World.”

But it doesn’t take long for the album’s pace and Metal side to start showing through. “Have You Ever” makes for a good mixture of the Hard Rock style presented so far with a Metal edge, though this track does feed more into an overly simplified pattern that you might expect from early to mid-nineties Hard Rock acts to follow. It’s not the most impressive of the songs here, especially with the lyrics never really going anywhere, but the heavier tone of the song definitely saves it and still keeps it entertaining, though will no doubt wear on the listening after a number of spins. There also is the aforementioned Thrash input of “Evolution,” which can also be found at other points of the album.

“Stay” brings in a bit of a surprise twist to the band’s formula. While the music is obviously varied throughout, this track seems to usher in a slight Punk approach that kicks off with a hint of a Horror Punk sound. It has a slower pace, though after a little while, which does feel a little too extended, but it does shift rather quickly into a more rebellious sound with a bit more edge to it, as if incorporating a little Crossover into the mix. This isn’t the first time you’ll hear something like that, as you can pick up on some similarities to bands like this, such as early Suicidal Tendencies, here and there. Honestly, it isn’t until the pace picks up that the track really becomes something worth paying attention to. “Clown” also has a good deal of it, but yet ends up being just a little more complex in lyrics and music foundation than “Be a Man.” It’s more of a fun track, but with the clean vocal performance not really matching the deeper, intimidating sound during the chorus, you can’t help but feel a little bored by it.

But, in the end there’s obviously a good deal of variety, and it either works for the song or doesn’t. Black Out Sunday has a great production that caters to the Metal edge of the band, but the lighter moments aren’t as strong. This doesn’t really include some of the more Indie Rock or Stoner Rock chords in songs like “Free Me” and “In Your Face,” as these are kind of limbo between the two ends of the spectrum, and still sound pretty good. Chainfist has a good Rock sound to them nonetheless, and this album shows the band has a good idea of what they want to do thanks to a fluid sound from the start of this release to the finish, but at the same time still clearly has some room to grow.

0. Free Me – 3:58
0. Edge of the World – 5:15
0. Evolution – 3:01
0. Be a Man – 3:50
0. Have You Ever – 4:21
0. Stay – 4:32
0. In Your Face – 4:48
0. Show Me – 4:34
0. Clown – 4:14
0. Carpe Diem – 4:42
0. Black Out – 4:53
0. Shchwh – 3:41
Overall Score: 7/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Chainfist via Rock ‘n Growl Promotions.