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Paul Chain Violet Theatre : In The Darkness

If you don't already know this, you might wonder why Paul Chain called his solo project 'Violet Theatre. It is a testimony to the fact that during this time his music involved a whole host of different musicians (more precisely 10 different bands and around 50 different individual musicians). Which is indeed an impressive number.

Original doom rock is Mr Chain's specialty. This is no exception. 'In The Darkness' is a horror movie inspired traditional doom album. A remnant of Death SS ideas perhaps?

But not all is in black and white horror movie style. The third track 'War' is a very sad track played mostly on an organ. Relaxed, but sorrowful vocals put off the finishing touch on it. I never actually expected to find such a depressive track on a traditional doom album.

The music is still in the vein of the early doomsters. Mostly because Paul Chain Violet Theatre is itself one of the early doom projects. Despite not being overly Black Sabbath influenced, it is still an album for those who enjoy that style.

In 1986, when this album was produced, it would have been amongst the extreme metal bands. The horror taint in this album doesn't make it extreme with modern day standards, like f.i. Worship and Grief are. But despite this, the fact that there is no other traditional doom band that has this sound, still makes it an interesting album by modern standards.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Welcome To My Hell
2. Meat
3. War
4. Crazy
5. Grey Life
6. Woman And Knife
7. Mortuary Hearse
8. In The Darkness

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes

Visit the Paul Chain Violet Theatre bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by A. Tolonen
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