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Review: Chrome Division - Booze, Broads and Beelzebub
Chrome Division
Booze, Broads and Beelzebub

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 50:00
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: December 29, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Booze, Broads and Beelzebub

Rated 2.71/5 (54.29%) (7 Votes)

What gave Chrome Division some instant coverage was the fact that it was a side project by Dimmu Borgir's Shagrath.  Mind you, the band stands well on its own and doesn't need such push, but in the music business, every little bit helps.  What we have here is, to put it simply, some "Heavy Metalized Rock 'n' Roll".  Comparisons to Motörhead abound, but I wouldn't go too far with that, although the target audience is similar.  Chrome Division's sound is a bit richer, let "basic" if you will.  The vocals by Eddie Guz are clean but harsh and gruffy, very garage-like and a perfect fit for this type of catchy, party music.

The music itself is basically rock 'n' roll/hard rock, but brought to metal standards thanks to the guitar and drum work that kick the heaviness and razor-sharp guitar into high gear, enough to scare the occasional rocker back under Springsteen's legs and keep only the seasoned veteran who has seen it all and isn't afraid to get his ass kicked by shaking speakers.  What hurts the album is how uneven it is - you've got some really good songs, a joy for the ear from beginning to end, and then a few that are sub par in comparison - the kind of material that just shouldn't have made the cut.  Despite this, there's is no real stinker here - every song has at least a short "hell yeah!" passage, so one can easily resist the urge to skip a few.  Interesting cover of ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" - heavier, more distorted, but almost as catchy and fun as the original.  This is the kind of album you can bring to a party and please rockers and metallers alike.

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