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Heavy Lord : Chained to the World

Chained to the World is the third Heavy Lord album, and like its predecessor From Cosmos to Chaos, it was released on Solitude Productions. In several ways, it's an improvement on the last album, but in other ways, I also found it left a bit to be desired.

First of all, the production has improved a lot since last time, giving the tracks the clean, heavy sound they deserve, and also adding a lot to the vocals. This professional sound, recorded in Void studios in Eindhoven, gives these Dutch doomsters the canvas they need for their raw, in-your-face approach to sludgy doom.

And when you listen to tracks like "Eternal Crawl" with some great clean vocals, and especially the ultra-heavy "Maelstrom" - a classic Heavy Lord track, you can hear this approach has paid off. Closing track "Waiting To Die", an uptempo headbanger, is also awesome.

At the same time, comparing it to the boundless energy of From Cosmos to Chaos, this album leaves me a bit indifferent. The band is heavy and tight as ever, but I miss a bit of developement, something which wouldn't be bad for a third album. When I see Heavy Lord live, everything falls into place, and I have a great time, but for some reason, this album doesn't quite click with me as a whole.

I can certainly recommend this to fans of the band, as they do deliver the goods, but I can't say that this is better than From Cosmos to Chaos. In other words, if you're new to the band, I would recommend the second album first.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Chained to the World
2. Serpento
3. Maelstrom
4. Darius II
5. Looking into the Makers Eye
6. Eternal Crawl
7. Waiting To Die

Duration : 49 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-06-2008 by Oscar Strik
Hate Your Guts Records
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