Sound — 9
Chrome Division is what you would call a Norwegian supergroup founded by black metal's & Dimmu Borgir's Shagrath as a fun sideproject from Dimmu Borgir and Black Metal. The group consist of several musicians from the Black Metal genre + Rock n' Roll/Rockabilly vocalist Eddie Guz from the Norwegian band The Carbourators. This album is the groups second album and leans havily towards the style of Mtorhead maybe with a mix of Guns & Roses and Metallica if comparing with larger bands most music heads are familiar with. Kind of a Rock N Roll/Metal thing. In other words no growling vocals as one could expect of a band consisting of mainly Black Metal musicians. Songs such as "Wine of sin" "Boys from the east" referring to the the more gritty part of Oslo compared to the high class westsiders and "Let's hear it" are a few of the tracks that stand out to me but there are more treats on this album though. Album also include a cover of ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" a classic which one should be carfeull to cover, the result here will create different opinions, don't feel they put the song to shame but I find myslef skipping this one now and then.
Lyrics — 6
Booze, Broads & Beelzebub. The title says it all in regards to the themes of this record, a referance to cars & motorcycles is maybe left out as on several tracks this is a part of the theme in some way. The lyrics are straight forward, quite easy and maybe not the most intelectual ones. When that is said though I find the lyrics very catcy because they project themselves as I belive they were meant to, this is party metal & Roll where you can bang your head while drinking a few bears with the boys and not music made for solving world problems. In regards to the vocals Eddie Guz has good rasp metal voice and uses it quite well, at a few moments of this record you can quite clearly hear that English is not his daily language, not nearly enough though to ruin much atleast for me.
Overall Impression — 8
As mentioned this is the bands second effort and while in style they easily can be compared to Mtorhead this band have their own twist on things. Their first album Doomsday Rock'n'Roll releasd 2006 is easily surpassed by this one (2008) in all aspects, the band consists of very good musicians which perform better this time, the songs are alot more cathy which is important to this sort of music and lyrically it is also more entertaining. Most important though when comparing this album to the groups first effort is the production which on the new album definitly meets the standards of the international music scene today, while the last kind of fell through with poor sound which kind of sounded distant. Booze, Broads & beelzebub sounds very very good and the drums are a great contribution to this in addition to the other components. The good guitar Solos are also definitly present. They are kept in the right lenght which avoids them sounding flashy, while you during the same time can tell the performers have skills one enjoy listening to, afterall the muscians on a daily basis represent a genre which usually requires quite a bit of skill. The album is definitly worth a listen, for those of you who have not checked it out yet this might be worth the time.