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Paul Chain : Paul Chain - The Improvisor/Internal Void Split

Two of Black Sabbath's most talented heirs team up to show the world that they are worth their praise.

This split is often known amongst Paul Chain fans as 'Full Moon Improvisation', referring to the name of the track which he performs here. However this seems to me to represent his side of the split only, not both. But that's unimportant. What is rather important is that amongst all of mr. Chains improvisational works, this track has to be one of those who would be most attractive to doom metal fans.

The sound of 'Full Moon Improvisation' is indeed thypical for the doom rock side of Paul Chain - The Improvisor. Grooving guitars and a laid back atmosphere with hints of psychadelic rock. At the same time there is this clear influence from the roots: Black Sabbath. While I wouldn't say that the sound of most of his later improvised works are inaccessible to most traditional doom fans, this track stands out as being perhaps the most accessible of them all. All of this adds up to become a rather nice, 7 minute long, headbanging session which would still go easy on your neck.

The other half is inhabited by the Maryland oldschool doom rockers Internal Void. And of course as the Maryland style instructs, the Black Sabbath elements run loud and clear through this track. The laid back rhythm fits nicely along with the track by Paul Chain - The Improvisor, making the experience enjoyable with none of those strange "gaps" which sometimes haunt the between-band sound differences in many splits.

You can clearly hear that none of the above are rookies to this. During the release of this split, Paul Chain has already been playing with his own band for over 20 years. Though Internal Void cannot brag of the same lifespan, the 10 years on their back still make them count as more than just your average pro's. Definately a split well worth looking into for those who already have positive experiences with these two bands.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Paul Chain - The Improvisor:
1. Full Moon Improvisation

Internal Void:
2. Window To Hell

Duration : Approx. 13 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-12-20 by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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