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Paul Chain Violet Theatre : Picture Disc

I don't think fans of Black Sabbath and their associates, would mind this release. But for those of us who had anticipated something really doomy, this is a disappointment.

However when you surpass the expectations and accept the LP for the rock music that is on it, you would probably find that it's still quite enjoyable. Indeed the music is still somewhat doomy, but primarily it's traditional hard rock in Black Sabbath's style.

Track 3, 'The Evil, The Sorrow', is a ballad true to the roots of rock. Mellow guitar chords and almost whispered vocals would be the trademark of this one, as opposed to the groove presented by the first two.

The fourth track, 'Way To Pain', is an extremely depressive track, which should probably be called ambient rather than rock. The music reminds me of Cold Meat band Arcana with it's distant vocals and mellow guitars. A so cold and so sorrowful a song could never have been produced by another traditional doom band.

My conclusion is that I have heard and will probably be hearing more of Paul Chain's works that I find better than this. But that is probably a matter of taste rather than a question of quality.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Highway To Hell
2. Never Cry
3. The Evil, The Sorrow
4. Way To Pain

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes

Visit the Paul Chain Violet Theatre bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
No God Only Pain
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