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Chastain - The Voice Of The Cult (30 Years Heavy) Award winner

The Voice Of The Cult (30 Years Heavy)
by Craig Rider at 08 November 2018, 1:40 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: CHASTAIN; signed via Pure Steel Records, hailing from the United States of America - performing Heavy Metal; on their 4th reissued album entitled: “The Voice Of The Cult” (released 26th October, 2018).

Since formation in 1984; the quartet in question have 12 albums in their discography so far, I am introduced to their reissued series, (“30 Years Heavy”) on their 4th album entitled: “The Voice Of The Cult”. 11 tracks ranging at around 43:50; CHASTAIN arrange an intricately designed formula of hard-hitting, Heavy Metal developments. The titular track begins the record; conveying in boistrously bouncy captivation, demonstrating catchy heaviness in which is hardened with battle-ready hymns and adrenaline-fuelled aesthetics. Attributing in amplified relentlessness, while rampaging stampeding with vehemence. The band distribute diligent executions of flamboyant finesse; fabricated grooves and pounding persistency that jumps with inventively harmonic melodies, and meticulous manifestations that are sonically skillful.

Consisting of Leather Leone on vocals; the vocalist delivers high-pitched pipes and screams of profusely robust ramifications, as “Live Hard” establishes complexly distinguished craftsmanship…one of the tracks that grabs you by the balls with an introduction that flows with mid-tempo chugs and gallops with chaotic mayhem in mind. Dextrous guitarist and frontman David T. Chastain rapidly swifts with nimble riffs and solos that establish hastily dynamic patterns, in the next belter: “Chains Of Love”. Constructing fluidly polished sound production varieties, while injecting infectiously and diversely organic rhythms which pack a helluva prodegious punch to it. Audible bassist Mike Skimmerhorn batters his axe with deadly efficiency as “Share Yourself With Me” embellishes on consistent crunchiness and concretely gritty instrumentation.

Fortune Teller” experiments with conceptual elements while implementing hammering electricity; amalgamated with adroitly hostile drumming from Ken Mary, showcasing primitively malicious pummelling and savagely salubrious seamlessness. An instrumental of the titular is embodied within the middle portion as a bonus track, so nothing new…except getting side-tracked a bit. “Child Of Evermore” advances with a barraged, blistering assault of borderline and traditional Heavy Metal - uncompromised ultilizations that provides versatile stomps of steel. “Soldiers Of The Flame” has MALMSTEEN guitar-esquire characteristics with its blend of fighting lyricism, synthesized solidity and admirably commendable musicianship. There’s not a bad track on this record, as I am enjoying myself considerably here.

Evil For Evil” has typical old-school New Wave Of British Heavy Metal vibes that differentiates with excelling enlightenments; fulfilled with crushing efficaciousness and a grandiose grandure of melodious, rocking  thunder. “Take Me Home” is the finale song, converging a whirlpool of Prog inventions with a borderline foundation of kicking stomps and just splendid orchestrations.

Overall concluding “The Voice Of The Cult (30 Years Heavy)” with another instrumental track from “Evil For Evil”; I discovered a band that exceeded original expectations, CHASTAIN certainly outdone themselves here and is definitely worth re-releasing for a new generation of Heavy Metal maniacs. Do yourselves a favour, and educate yourself with some old-school domination.

Songwriting: 9
Memorability: 9
Originality: 9
Sound Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. The Voice Of The Cult
2. Live Hard
3. Chains Of Love
4. Share Yourself With Me
5. Fortune Teller
6. The Voice Of The Cult (Instrumental, Bonus Track)
7. Child Of Evermore
8. Soldiers Of The Flame
9. Evil For Evil
10. Take Me Home
11. Evil For Evil (Instrumental, Bonus Track)
Leather Leone – Vocals
David T. Chastain – Guitars
Mike Skimmerhorn – Bass, Backing Vocals
Ken Mary – Drums
Record Label: Pure Steel Records


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