Chrome Division - _Doomsday Rock 'n' Roll_
(Nuclear Blast, 2006)
by: Jackie Smit (6 out of 10)
Not to sound like an old fart reminiscing about days gone by, but one has to say, listening to a band like Chrome Division, that times sure have changed. Backtrack to about ten years ago and any black metal musician, particularly one residing in the northern recesses of Europe, would likely have been drawn and quartered (or something to that extent) for daring to associate themselves with something so mundane as traditional rock 'n' roll or heavy metal. But the Scandinavian musical climate has shifted greatly since then, and these days it's not uncommon to see some of the genre's most prominent exponents dipping their toes in everything from Seventies-style stoner rock bands to glammed-up goth.

Now Dimmu Borgir's Shagrath joins the ever-growing number of moonlighting metallers, and if his day job's continued black metal cred is a topic for debate, then Chrome Division is several light years away from winning the elitist vote. Still, for the more open-minded, the album starts off with a bang. More Motorhead than Mayhem, "Serial Killer" is a full-on, beer-soaked orgy of galloping drums, infectious riffing and a chorus that demands to be played at unsociable volume levels. Unfortunately, it takes at least another four songs before anything of remotely similar quality is unleashed, but then the operative noun here is fun. In the end, the only problem is that the band seemingly ends up having more of it than the listener.


(article published 20/6/2006)

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