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Paul Chain : «Les Temps Du Grand Frère»

A French title? I wasn't expecting that one coming, knowing that Paul Chain hails from Italy. The title means something like 'the time of the big brother'. This makes me suspect that it might be taken from a book or similar, which was made in France. Either way, the 7" proves again that Paul Chain is definitely a quality doom rock musician.

The first track, 'Violence Of The Sun', is an oldschool doom rock track with all the traits that one would associate with Paul's earlier works in this genre. It's very laid back, grooving and slightly psychedelic music with clear links to Black Sabbath. His relaxed voice makes it a somewhat soothing experience; topped with beautiful guitarplay.

The second track, 'Paradise Of The Poor', also has some doom metal in it, but this time the majors genre is dark ambient. The vocals are echoed to create a much larger atmosphere. There are chimes playing what sounds like a kids song, followed by a droning Hammond organ and some ghostly noises. But despite the haunting elements, the track is actually mostly depressive and lonesome. A perfect song of its own kind, proving that Paul is a master of mournful dark ambient as well as one of treditional doom metal.

Both tracks can be found on the compilation called 'Mirror' from 1997 (not to be confused with the 7" with the same name"). Hence getting hold of the compilation is more worth than this 7" on it's own. But if you are a great fan of his work and can get hold of this one, it's almost 100% certain that you won't regret it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Violence Of The Sun
2. Paradise Of The Poor

Duration : Approx. 15 minutes.

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Reviewed on 02-02-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
No God Only Pain
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