|Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Ear One Productions
March 26th, 2013
Release length: 11:07
It’s pretty obvious in the music that Nightbitch tears their sound straight out of the sixties to early seventies era, when Heavy Metal was still being forged amid the Hard Rock and Stoner Rock groups of the time. It also shows a bit in the production. The overall sound is a bit empty with a slight analog sound to it, but the instruments still sound really good. The guitars have a slight, mid-range buzzing to the distortion that works well for what they are trying to achieve. The bass is also around that range, being a little lighter in order to maintain a laid back environment that never gets too heavy. The drums have crisp cymbals that are louder than the subtle click of the bass kicks, and the tighter snap found on the rest of the kit, as well as the guitars themselves. But, it’s the vocals that give it a slightly unique touch. It’s a mixture of clean singing and some rougher moments when necessary, and they come through about the same level as the aforementioned cymbals.
“Chainmaker” kicks off the set of originals with a bit of a familiar sound. The vocals and catchy mixture of Hard Rock and early Heavy Metal will immediately have fans of Danzig feeling closer to home. The song itself is pretty standard, having simpler chaords at a mid-tempo pace with additional layering on the vocals in the chorus that drops the catchy hooks of the verses for a slightly heavier approach. All of this is rounded off well with a nice guitar solo that enhances the laid back environment. This isn’t the most awe-inspiring song you’ll ever hear, but it’s still a good choice to kick back and unwind to, as is the next offering, “Disrober.” This one is a bit heavier, even after the slower introduction. Much of the track moves with chugging riffs and main verses full of held notes, but there are some technical elements here and there, as well as some passages that take on more of a Southern Rock vibe that can carry a bit of voodoo magic with them as well.
Finally there’s the cover of Deep Purple‘s “Into the Fire,” and it’s a superb cover indeed. It lacks the atmosphere the previous originals have, and sticks more to the original composition than placing more of a signature sound to it. The pace is somewhat slower, and ends up being another laid back offering that’s just as memorable as the classic. Despite not being too unique a rendition, it does fit the overall tone of the album and what the band is striving for, feeling far more natural than just a random song chosen to pad the out the length. However, knowing there are eleven songs composed for the band’s upcoming full-length (according to the press release), having another original instead, or in addition to this song would have been nice.
In the end, Chainmaker isn’t the most engaging EP you’ll come across, but it’s still a solid offering of vintage Heavy Metal and Hard Rock. Touches of Southern and even ritualistic atmospheres in the performances, and some Danzig, even Alice in Chains modern touches, does give this EP a bit of a unique vibe. Unfortunately, this isn’t something you’ll want to throw in for any given moment, which is definitely something that hurts how often you revisit this EP, though in no way hinders the lifespan over time. This is definitely the kind of music one might want to hear at a local bar while kicking back a few brews and just unwinding after a hard day’s work, or just to escape reality outside it’s doors. The Chainmaker EP is also a pre-cursor to the group’s upcoming full-length album, and does its job quite well to get the listener braced for what’s to come. Not only does it leave him or her satisfied for the time being, it also leaves you anxious to hear what’s to come.
01. Chainmaker – 3:48
02. Disrober – 3:38
03. Into the Fire (Deep Purple cover) – 3:41
|Initial Pressing Score: 7/10