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“Pins And Needles” by Chris Caffery

Artist: Chris Caffery
Title: “Pins And Needles”
Label: Locomotive Music
Release Date: 6/5/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

For many years we have seen all of the different faces that Chris Caffery musically possesses. His level of skills across the wide variety of Metal and Hard Rock genres led him to give us his first solo album appropriately titled “Faces” which he followed up with “God Damn War”. Each of these albums and the re-issue of his work with Doctor Butcher set the clear path for him to deliver “Pins And Needles”, a recording that finds the Savatage/Trans-Siberian guitarist at his heaviest yet. “Pins” is not continuing the experimentation that he first gave us with “Faces” but instead relies on shredding guitar and thunderous drums to focus more on the Metal side of things. My thoughts are that the fans of his work with both Metalium and Savatage will appreciate the choice to remain heavy as opposed to trying too many different things. The album opens with one of the best numbers I have heard Caffery do and this is the actual title track of “Pins” itself. The drums here are delivered by the talented Yael, but she is not the only drummer on the album to enjoy. I also took notice that the album required a couple of more listens before settling on how the tunes were affecting me. “Faces” gave you a wide assortment as we have noted but with the heavy groove remaining on each tune here one will need to sit and absorb them a little more carefully. Overall there is a higher level of musical complexity showcased, and the album is very dynamic at almost every turn.
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