Where the hell are these guy from? They were formed in 2008 in the depths of Vancouver, Canada, a city known to produce some of the best known underground metal bands. How come I haven’t heard about them 'til now? Maybe because it is their debut album.
The Vancouver trio offers dirty and surly hard, fast rock mixed with black and thrash metal elements and spiced with high tempo speed metal. I can summarize it as black metal MOTORHEAD. I kid you not.
After a short, silly organ introduction, the Vancouver trio named CHAPEL starts with “Rock ‘N Roll From Hell”, a song with hellish guitar riffs presenting real rock ‘n roll chord progression with driving riffs and pounding drums so fast it can make a McLaren look like a Ford T model in a street car race. The rhythm is fast, no shit, no crap - only pure metal all backed with strong, harsh, and enunciated vocals. Never thought that rock 'n roll came from Hell. Clearly it did!
“Satan's Rock 'N' Roll”, the third track, can easily become a hymn of metal similar to VENOM’s “Black Metal”. Okay. it doesn’t have the same impact as the former had, however again CHAPEL test the limits of speed metal with killer fast drums and riffs, and the only thing left is to shout “Satan's Rock 'N' Roll”. “Alcoholocaust”, the fifth track on the album, in my opinion is the best track around with a lower guitar pitch riffs & more power in the vocals. It reminds me of METALLICA’s “Metal Militia”, but as if it were played by VENOM and sung by Lemmy of Motorhead. Yet again, you can’t be mistaken in what you get, which is fast and head-bashing metal.
Honorable mention goes to “Blood Will Be Spilled” and “Satanist”. These songs kick ass with a molded boot, and either way don’t miss in any case or situation the opening of “Hellrazors” or the song itself. In no time you will sing aloud the chorus “...and we are busting outta Hell“.
I would like to conclude here so I will have more time to listen to the album on my Harley on the way to hell to party with Satan, no kidding. Listening to this album brought me back to the days when metal was simple, brutal, and fun! That’s the way it should be! And that’s the way CHAPEL does it: brutal, fast, no-holds-barred metal. Way to go, CHAPEL.
One thing for the band is that this genre is small and dusted with many bands covering everything in that register for over thirty years and counting. I do hope that CHAPEL will be able to stand the test of time or, in their case, the test of the allusive second album. Let me finish with the immortal words from our sponsor, VENOM - “lay down your soul to the god’s rock `n' roll”, in this case to “Chapel - Satan Rock N' Roll”.
released August 1, 2012
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