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Paul Chain - The Improvisor : Official Live Bootleg

If you have ever needed an evidence of Paul Chain's abilities to wield a guitar, then you should listen to this. The disc is compiled out of songs up to 25 minutes in length and every one of them are, either improvised versions of some of his older songs, or completely new songs created there and then. And all of this is done live, on stage, in front of an audience. Clearly he's no rookie when it comes to making good riffage.

There are some sad news though. This is indeed a live recording with the sound quality to match. The guitars are usually quite clear, but whenever Paul tries to sing, it comes out as some sort of mumbling. It is possible to hear what he's saying in between tracks, but even then I understand nothing as he only speaks Italian during those moments. This spoiled a bit of the album for me. However those who understand Italian might get a better impression of this part.

On the other hand I'm glad to report that most of what is featured here are traditional doom tracks. There are occasional heavy metal and stoner rock parts, but nothing that will give you a taste of unsugared lemons.

There are more people than just Paul on stage. He has a band of musicians that's helping him out. And the way that they play, you'd be expecting that they have been playing together for eternities. Every stroke that Paul takes is matched perfectly by them as they jam. There are obviously more than just one maestro on stage this time.

Though the quality of the release has given the experience a bittersweet feeling, I'm still quite impressed of the performance. Especially since the crowd doesn't cheer, yell or in any way act like a normal crowd on a rock concert. Whenever the band stops playing they clap. It's the same feeling as when a classical symphony takes a pause, the maestro takes a bow and the audience puts their hands together in appreciation. And perhaps their reaction explains the experience better than anything I could possibly write.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Traspose I
2. Voyage To Hell
3. Traspose II Part 1

1. Traspose II Part 2
2. Evil Metal
3. Welcome To My Hell
4. Meat/Improvisation
5. Presentation Of The End Part 1

Duration : Approx. 82 minutes.

Visit the Paul Chain - The Improvisor bandpage.

Reviewed on 12-08-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
No God Only Pain
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