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Chalice Of Sin: Chalice Of Sin
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Chalice Of Sin: Chalice Of Sin

Heavy/Power Metal
3.5/5.0

Hailing from the burg of New Castle in Pennsylvania, not far from the Ohio border, vocalist Wade Black has been a veteran in the heavy metal underground for better than 30 years. He's fronted bands you know: Crimson Glory, Seven Witches, and Leatherwolf. Now the vocalist, with a three octave range returns with a new project, Chalice Of Sin featuring musicians from the Frontiers music label.

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Chalice Of Sin

Essentially, Chalice Of Sin is a heavy power metal band rooted in the best tradition of the genre. The songs twist between being steady and heavy to fast and heavy, often simply a mixture of tempos. Strong riffs rule the arrangements over the thunder of the rhythm section. A rumor of synths travel underneath the songs adding some density. In a song like the title cut, the synths duel with the guitar in solo play. The spry guitar work and mighty solos are provided by Martin Jepsen Andersen from Meridian. As usual, as regular readers know, the pivotal issue for this listener is always the vocals. Despite his range, I'm not a huge fan of Wade Black's style. Often, his voice sounds raw and gnarly to me. The difference comes with an anthem/ballad like Through The Eye Of A Child, yet there's still something screamish that nags at my ears. So then, the heavy metal music is thing with favorite songs coming with Whisky, Chalice Of Sin, and Ashes Of The Black Rose. But honestly, after the ballad, I tired of Black yelling at me. With the vocal onslaught of The Fight, I gave up the fight. Nevertheless, you may hear things differently. For a current interpretation of classic heavy power metal with assertive and raw vocals, Chalice Of Sin is the album for you. Nuff said.




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The Take Away

For a current interpretation of classic heavy power metal with assertive and raw vocals, Chalice Of Sin is the album for you. Nuff said.

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