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Chrome Division - Booze, Broads And Beelzebub

Nuclear Blast
Produced by Björn Bergersen

Norway's Chrome Division are the raw, good-time heavy rock side project of Dimmu Borgir front-man Stian "Shagrath" Thorensen, taking the side-man role on rhythm guitar and allowing The Carburetors singer Eddie Guz to front the band.

Minas Tirith drummer Tony White, Ashes To Ashes bassist Björn Luna and guitarist Ricky Black complete the current line-up of the band which prior to recording their 2005 debut album Doomsday Rock 'N' Roll, featured The Kovenant drummer Lex Icon.

Booze, Broads And Beelzebub has them sounding both musically and vocally more like Lordi than ever before, but with subject matter more suited to the album title instead of the monster themes of Lordi's material. Overall they're an amalgamation of The Almighty, Lordi, Motörhead and Mötley Crüe, producing raw, heavy rock 'n' roll about all the classic rock music themes: drinking, girls, cars/bikes and Satan.

Every attempt is made to be as cliché as possible within songs that are genuinely great rock songs with huge riffs, solos and hooky choruses, plus the obligatory classic rock cover in the shape of ZZ Top's Sharp Dressed Man. Vastly improved production makes this record much heavier, clearer and tougher than the debut without losing any of the raw, untampered approach they began with.

With no ballads in sight the band stick to their basic formula of riffs, solos, intentionally tongue-in-cheek lyrics and big choruses in the true tradition of basic rock music. And there's not much more that can be said. So far this year there hasn't been a purer hard rock record released, and it's unlikely there'll be another one. Every riff on Booze, Broads And Beelzebub drips genuine rock 'n' roll attitude, and the fact that it's an escape from the day job, so to speak, for the band members, particularly Shagrath, is very evident.

What makes this record stand out from the average rock records on the market is the variety of riffing styles. They're subtle, but significant. There are a few stock rock riffs, and too many songs use one of them and don't deviate, but Chrome Division only use them from time to time. The rest of the time the kind of groove you'd expect in a southern rock record can be found, suitably heavied up to suit the style, but discreetly adding variance to a seemingly prescribed formula.

What Chrome Division's albums also do is shine a light on the musical talents of people like Shagrath who many might disregard for their involvement in black and death metal, often regarded as a sub-standard form of metal by purists. But when only AC/DC are purer than Chrome Division, they can't deny it for much longer.

“ genuine rock 'n' roll attitude ”

Tracklist: The Second Coming / Booze, Broads And Beelzebub / Wine of Sin / Raven Black Cadillac / Life of A Fighter / The Devil Walks Proud / Hate This Town / The Boys From The East / Doomsday Riders / Let's Hear It / Sharp Dressed Man / Bad Broad (Good Girl Gone Bad) / Raise Your Flag

Photo(s): Tove Asum Forwald

Written by Andy Lye
More: 2008, Albums, Hard/Heavy Rock,

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