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Paul Chain : Paul Chain/Sabotage Split

This split is nearly 18 years old and it has been sold out for almost the same amount of time. Luckily both tracks on this split have been re-released on other releases. Paul Chain's track 'King Of The Dream' was re-released on the compilation 'King Of The Dream/Ash/Picture Disc'. The Sabotage track 'Welcome' was released as a bonus track on a special version of their album 'Hoka Hey'. I've never been able to find any information about exactly which version of 'Hoka Hey' it is on because it doesn't seem to be available on the internet.

The start of 'King Of The Dream' is a spoken section which is haunted by ominous sounding chimes and synth. When this dreamlike intro is over, the music continues with the doom metal style that is so typical for Paul. Of course this includes his special vocals and a lot of nifty riffing. The pace of the song increases little by little and after 8 minutes it becomes heavy metal. It still sounds much the same but the pace is clearly a lot faster than when the song started. As the song's tempo escalates, the vocals change over into hard rock screaming and sound a bit like Brian Johnson of AC/DC fame. As the song nears it's end, at a little over 13 minutes, the music shifts into a sheer frenzy which is more extreme than usual for old-school metal. A really nice piece of music.

Sabotage is an old Italian heavy metal band who split up around 1989-1990. Their music has hints of speed metal and is played at a fast pace to match those influences. Also, like most of the early heavy metal bands there is a certain groove to their music. Yup, this is definitely a great track for headbanging. The vocals of Adolfo Morviducci (also known as "Morby") remind me a lot of the vocalist in White Skull. This is one of the best heavy metal tracks that I've heard in a long time and I recommend this band to any fan of this genre.

This is music from an era which has been almost forgotten by the modern metalhead. Clearly this era cannot be forgotten, especially because of the great music that was created back then. This split is a perfect example of just that and should satisfy the needs of any old-school metalhead.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Paul Chain:
1. King Of The Dream
2. Welcome

Duration : Approx. 21 minutes.

Visit the Paul Chain bandpage.

Reviewed on 24-04-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
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