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Chrome Division: Doomsday Rock 'N' Roll

When you first hear that Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir had a side project band you would immediately think that it would be along the lines of his existing work. It wouldn't be hard to think this especially when you consider that Galder has his side project Old Man's Child which is killer Progressive Death Metal. However, in this group Shagrath grabs the guitar and along with his band mates deliver a down and dirty dose of Heavy Rock & Roll. The CD opens with a quick overture that breaks into the groups first single and video "Serial Killer". It's a rocking track that even feature's Shagrath's band mate Silenoz on some guitar. Continuing along with "Hate" and the anthemic "Chrome Division" there immediately becomes a strong association with the one and only Motorhead. It's an amazing thing to find happen since so many bands from their region all end up delivering the Black or the Death with some others focusing on Melodic Power. Chrome Division however is more about riding motorcycles, drinking lots of beer and raising a whole lot of Hell. Don't take the comparisons as me saying the group is a mimic to the famous Brits, but instead realize that another has chosen to keep the idea simple and straightforward in order to be a little different from the all too similar crop of recent Metal. This is a fun and boisterous album, and it does get the blood flowing as you listen. It is music that is meant to be played loud and with a fist pushed into the air with its strong biker attitude and vibe. I think that fans of Motorhead and others perhaps along the lines of what Rhino Bucket does. The group is comprised of Shagrath (rhythm guitar), Eddie Guz (vocals), Ricky Black (guitars), Bjorn Luna (bass) and Tony White (drums).

So if this gritty side of music is what drives you, get yourself a cold one, grab that leather jacket and make sure the stereo is nice and loud. Shine up your Metal for the Chrome Division, it's a winner.

Track Listing

  1. Doomsday Overture
  2. Serial Killer
  3. Hate
  4. Trouble With The Law
  5. Chrome Division
  6. Here Comes Another One
  7. Regiment
  8. Breath Easy
  9. The Angel Falls
  10. Till The Break Of Dawn
  11. We Want More
  12. When The Shit Hits The Fan

Added: July 23rd 2006
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 4916
Language: english

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Chrome Division: Doomsday Rock 'N' Roll
Posted by Ryan Sparks, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-12-26 11:06:24
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The opening riffs and locomotive drumming on "Serial Killer", the 2nd track on Chrome Divisions debut CD Doomsday Rock 'N Roll, will instantly draw comparisons with Motorhead. When you factor in that vocalist Eddie Guz has the same rock 'n roll swagger in his delivery as Lemmy, it makes for one hell of an opening statement. The bands roots go back to am initial jam session with then Dimmu Borgir member Nagash (drums) and guitarist Shagrath in 1999. However after one listen to Doomsday Rock 'n Roll, it's instantly apparent that Chrome Division are a completely different band from either of these 2 members' past projects. This CD absolutely shreds from start to finish, with it's straight ahead, stripped down, in your face, biker metal on speed attitude. The twin guitars hit you full frontal as the band turns out one fist pumping anthem after another. If songs like "Serial Killer", "Chrome Division" and the barn burning closing number "When The Shit Hits The Fan" doesn't make your pole stand up, you should probably see your physician A.S.A.P.

Chrome Division: Doomsday Rock 'N' Roll
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-07-23 18:03:08
My Score:

Shades of early 80's Motohead run rampant on this debut from Chrome Division, the heavy biker rock band from Norway led by Dimmu Borgir's Shagrath. Joining the black metal titan on this grungy hard rock set is lead vocalist Eddie Guz, guitarist Ricky Black, bassist Bjorn Luna, and drummer Tony White, with Shagrath playing rhythm guitar. Guz has that gravelly voice that recalls vintage Lemmy, while the rest of the band churn out plenty of gutsy hard rock on tunes like "Serial Killer", "Hate", and "Trouble With the Law", each one complete with beefy guitar riffs, bluesy solos, and pounding rhythms. A tune like "Breath Easy" even has some Paul Dianno-era Iron Maiden moments to it, and "Till the Break of Dawn" sounds like it could have come off Another Perfect Day, one of the overlooked Motorhead albums, complete with some nifty guitar riffs from Black.

Overall, Doomsday Rock 'N' Roll is not very original, and will not make anyone forget Motorhead (let's face it, Lemmy and Crew can still tear it up these days after decades in the business), but this is still a fun album nontheless. So fire one up, crack open a cold one, and enjoy yourself.

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