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Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 2

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.

Burn Season: “Burn Season” (Bieler Bros. Records)

After initial dealings with the folding Elektra Records, Burn Season found their brand of Nu-Metal Heaviness on Bieler Bros. Records. The group is closer in style to that of early Linkin Park as opposed to the recent crop of Metal Core acts and holds a passionate style that makes the oft-lambasted Nu-Metal label a little more acceptable. Solid riffs and harmony vocals tempered with the razor screams of Damien Starkey are par for the course with this self-titled CD so if you enjoy Hard Rock with a dose of today’s “edge” mixed in for good measure then this is a group for you.

Casket Salesman: “Sleeping Giants” (Longhair Illuminati Records)

The Casket Salesmen are much along the line of a melodic experimental rock band than their cryptic name would ever have you believe. They blend alternative feels with tasty rhythms and melodies to give you an enjoyable dose of Rock & Roll. Led by singer/guitarist Phil Pirrone the group adventures into several different genre territories and yet still manage to capture the listener’s attention on every cut. There is a lot of Post-Punk vibe that sometimes touches upon the Prog-Rock angle along with some Ambient feels that make the band something worth listening to a few times before making rash judgment.
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“Doomsday Rock ‘N’ Roll” by Chrome Division

Artist: Chrome Division
Title: “Doomsday Rock ‘N’ Roll”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 7/21/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

When you first hear that Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir had a side project band you would immediately think that it would be along the lines of his existing work. It wouldn’t be hard to think this especially when you consider that Galder has his side project Old Man’s Child which is killer Progressive Death Metal. However, in this group Shagrath grabs the guitar and along with his band mates deliver a down and dirty dose of Heavy Rock & Roll. The CD opens with a quick overture that breaks into the groups first single and video “Serial Killer”. It’s a rocking track that even feature’s Shagrath’s band mate Silenoz on some guitar. Continuing along with “Hate” and the anthemic “Chrome Division” there immediately becomes a strong association with the one and only Motorhead. It’s an amazing thing to find happen since so many bands from their region all end up delivering the Black or the Death with some others focusing on Melodic Power. Chrome Division however is more about riding motorcycles, drinking lots of beer and raising a whole lot of Hell.
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