Chainfire - _Details_
(Independent, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
Although Canadians Chainfire are clearly inspired by traditional heavy metal, they incorporate a slightly more modern sound, effectively adopting and adapting a loved sound for their own needs. This should not be confused with meaning that they use the rolling guitar tone, thrash melodies and hardcore rhythms beloved by much of the "modern metal" fraternity; merely that they possess a retro aspect, but without sounding as if they stepped out of the Eighties, totally bypassing any musical developments of the Nineties.

Although they are heavy metal based, they aren't shy to borrow from other genres, including some distinctly rock moments. The vocalist (clean, of course) could do with some extra training, but the raw talent is there; given time to practice and the backing of a label for any subsequent endeavours, he could provide a truly powerful voice. He is aware of his limitations, and despite frequent expectations of attempts to reach the higher octaves, this never materialises. The musicians are competent, although they could be tighter -- but again, that takes time.

Overall, the band seems to know what they want and possess sufficient confidence in their abilities to achieve their goals. However, some focus needs to be placed on packaging and promotion -- future band photos should not include the bassist wearing orange beanies, unless he has a perverse admiration for Fred Durst. If he does, this should be kept quiet, if he wishes to retain any sort of credibility!


(article published 15/8/2007)

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