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Chronosphere - Red 'N Roll

Chronosphere
Red 'N Roll
by Garrett Davis at 02 July 2017, 9:36 AM

CHRONOSPHERE is a Thrash Metal group started in Greece back in 2012. Their third album they have released, “Red n' Roll” came out in May of this year. While not the most innovative or savage Thrash around, CHRONOSPHERE isn't a bad band nor does their necessarily fall flat. But when it comes to Thrash I think people will be looking for more intensity. The line between Thrash and Speed Metal can be a bit blurry but no matter which genre I’m talking about, rapid powerful playing is key. CHRONOSPHERE never really pushes the envelope but this is a Fun album anyway.

Alu Card” is an interesting title for the track, which is full of eerie chanting that degrades like a record skipping, which makes it all the more hauntingly supernatural. Despite this, the rest of the album isn't as dark as this opening would suggest. Although, that being said “Demonized” is one of the more brutal entries. “Before it's Gone” is much lighter Metal, almost Thrash Rock which sounds strange in my opinion. Thankfully, “Picking Up My Pieces”is a straight-up Thrash piece with that dingy darkness underlying it. The vocals have their own rhythm that complements the guitars. Speaking of guitars there is some interesting solo work here that makes this one easy to head-bang to.

The Force to Put an End” tries to be more serious and it really pays off in their favor…or it would if the music itself really had anything new to offer. “Wolves Out of Cage” is an action-heavy piece that finally hits the breakneck speed I expect from good Speed Metal and proves that CHRONOSPHERE is capable of it. “Warriors” has an interesting cadence to it with a great solo that highlights just how good CHRONOSPHERE can be and how lackluster some of the other tracks were. “Portal to the Underworld” is a great blend of Thrash severity and occasionally laid back playing style that just hits different ranges better than anything on the album. If CHRONOSPHERE is going for a sort of Thrash-light without the overwhelming negativity that can come along with harsher sub-genres, this track might be their road-map to success

This review was honestly kind of tough, because I love genre mashups and bands that kind of defy convention by doing their own thing, but I find myself feeling like CHRONOSPHERE should strive for more of that Thrash intensity. Similar chords played in the same key for several songs in a row just makes everything melt together into a blob that is less than the sum of its parts. None of these songs are really bad on their own but listening to them over and over in a row just turns into a blur. Below is a link to the video for “Picking Up My Pieces”; give the video a watch and maybe you'll think I'm crazy for not giving a higher score.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 5
Memorability: 5
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Alu Card
2. Demonized
3. Before it's Gone
4. Picking Up My Pieces
5. Be the Best
6. The Force to Put an End
7. Honest to Kill
8. Wolves Out of Cage
9. Warriors
10. Portal to the Underworld
Lineup:
Kostas Spades – Bass, Backing Vocals
Thanos Krommidas – Drums
Spyros Lafias – Guitars, Lead Vocals
Panos Tsampras - Backing  Vocals, Lead Guitar
Record Label: Punishment 18 Records
     


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Edited 22 February 2019
 

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