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“Resurrection” by Chimaira

Artist: Chimaira
Title: “Resurrection”
Label: Ferret Music
Release Date: 3/6/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

2007 finds former Roadrunner Records artist Chimaira armed with a new label, a toughened resolve and firm perspective as they offer their following a “Resurrection”. Now as a part of the Ferret Music family the band can get back to the business of auditory assault once again. As soon as the CD begins it finds the band slamming it down and feeling so in-synch with each other that the listener can feel it on almost every track. It opens with “Resurrection”, which is a powerful number and this will set the pace for that which is experienced on the rest of the album. Lead singer Mark Hunter speaks of the album as being the “most-together” that the band had ever been in their history and this would be an album about rebirth. You will find that Chimaira is still holding true to their Metalcore roots and there is a lot of the Groove Metal that they became widely known for present here as well. They also feel that this is their heaviest and most technical piece to date and I tend to agree with that statement from the moment that songs like “Six” begin to play. This number is an epic, and runs a full nine minutes in length – its not often the kind of track one finds a band like this delivering for once you surpass the five minute mark you are pushing the limits of personal punishment. This contribution to the release surely shows that one of Metalcore’s purest contributors have really grown in style over the years. They change things around with the elements found in “Black Heart”, one of the better tracks here which has an almost Middle Eastern guitar vibe intro that’s more suitable to bands like Melechesh. The production on the release is also quite strong which works when it is a band of this caliber and had the finesse of Jason Suecof (Trivium, God Forbid) while additional production came care of Andy Sneap (Nevermore, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). Overall the album shows very clearly that the Metal fury is still beating strong in this band.
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“Shit Happens” by Every Time I Die

Artist: Every Time I Die
Title: “Shit Happens”
Label: Ferret Music
Release Date: 10/31/2006
Genre: Metalcore
Rating: 3/5

Concert video lovers beware! The video “Shit Happens” was filmed over a two-year period in the life of the band Every Time I Die and as a result, it is not your typical concert film or band focus feature. You don’t get the aspect of being at a full show from start to finish on this one. The video serves up to the viewers a “tour film” and from this you get to enjoy the ridiculous goings on that this band seems to get involved in on a daily basis. You can immediately notice that ETID is a band that really seems to have fun doing what they do and the film shows just how tight the bonds are between all of the members. The fact that the film has been shot in such a candid manner really brings you into their world and how grueling the aspects of touring on a day-to-day basis actually is. When you find yourself in such a confined amount of space and under such demanding schedules of the road you WILL get on peoples nerves. You will fight, you will drink and most definite you will bust each other’s chops often to the point of being downright cruel just for the sake of some laughs. There does not seem to be a dull moment anywhere in their lives and ETID shows a true side of them by using this candid footage. It’s the kind of footage that is a treat for those viewers who enjoy a large amount of behind the scenes stuff more than just performance clips or a straight concert from song one to the end rundown. Some of it is very, very gross at points and while I could have done without one or two vomiting scenes there are those who find this hilarious.
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In Flames @ Webster Hall (2/15/2006)

Logo - In Flames

Artist: In Flames
Venue: Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Opener: Trivium, Zao
Date: 2/15/2006
Label: Ferret Music

In Flames deserves every ounce of the acclaim that they receive for together with At The Gates, they were one of the forefathers of the Gothenburg sound of Metal. This sound has become so intensely popular over the years and it is continually imitated and often modified to suit the purpose of the band who originally found interest in it. Bands like Soilwork and Dark Tranquility are among the most popular of the groups who found inspiration in the music of In Flames and tonight would be the chance for a lot of people to see exactly why this was the case. Once again the dramatic setting of Webster Hall would be the scene and again the venue was completely sold out. This is great for the band because in a realm where American Idol and Rap music rule the waves of both television and radio it is a feather in one’s cap to be sold out to the rafters in a venue with capacity of about 1300 people. In Flames would be celebrating two events this evening, with the first primarily being the support of their new album “Come Clarity”. The album itself a little different from their usual sound yet more accessible to a wider audience based on some of the ideas on it. The other celebration would be the move to Ferret Music, a label where In Flames would perhaps be the biggest fish in the pond and therein get the most accommodation from the executives.
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“Come Clarity” by In Flames

Artist: In Flames
Title: “Come Clarity”
Label: Ferret Music
Release Date: 2/7/2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 9/10

In Flames are one of the founders of the Gothenburg sound and for years have led an Underground Metal movement that is an ever-growing army of support for the genre. With their new release entitled “Come Clarity” we find the band switching labels to join Ferret Music and also changing the direction of their sound a little more drastically than their long time fans might expect. The result is actually a very accessible Metal record with lots of twists and turns that will entertain and surely gain them a larger following than ever before. Musically this album is fantastic and there is enough solid head bangers and fist-raising songs that the listener will hardly know what is hitting them. Singer Anders uses a couple of different styles for this one by not only having his signature screams and growls but also a little more melodic styling. He is complimented by Lisa Miskovsky for “Dead End” which is an amazing track that will be right up the alley of those who enjoy female fronted Metal these days. The effectiveness of her voice makes me want to see her contribute more with this band and perhaps some others if at all possible. While the direction has veered a little from their original course this is the kind of move that keeps a band fresh and their output ever interesting. “Take This Life” drives the stake they are taking right home at the start of the album and really showcases the drumming of Daniel Svennson (who is quite accomplished and solid on the whole album anyway). I also felt that both Bjorn and Jesper were performing some amazing feats on the guitars, enough so that more people can enjoy the type of music that In Flames brings to you.
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