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CD review LEATHER "II"

Veröffentlicht am 1. April 2018 von Markus W. in Leather, Leather Leone, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, US Metal, CD Review, High Roller Records, News, Chastain

CD review LEATHER "II"

(8/10) American metal queen Leather Leone is one of the most iconic female metal singers from the US. She has an extremely powerful voice that fits very well to metal music and it was guitar wizard David T. Chastain who saw the potential coming with Leone. She did some longplayers with Chastain and her harsher way of singing was an excellent counterpart to Chastain's filigree guitar play.

It was in 1989 when Leather revealed her first solo album and almost 30 years later a next strike hits the record shops. Simply entitled "II" the album brings back a late 80's metal vibe. The eleven new songs on "II" are well-done traditional metal tracks that benefit from Leather's vocals. She's as good as she was in the earlier days and neither power nor dynamic have got lost over time.

Power metal and heavy metal fans will be highly pleased by this longplayer. Songs like the Priest-reminding "The Outsider" and the uptempo tracks like "The One" and "Juggernaut" are terrific ones and even the calmer moments are very well-done. "Annabelle" is a half-ballad, which shows that Leone can easily handle this kind of tracks without any problem.

All in all "II" became a strong metal release that I haven't expected to be that good.  This longplayer is a positive surprise that you should have heard. Thumbs up Mrs. Leone.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Juggernaut
  2. The Outsider
  3. Lost at Midnite
  4. Black Smoke
  5. The One
  6. Annabelle
  7. Hidden in the Dark
  8. Sleep Deep
  9. Let Me Kneel
  10. American Woman
  11. Give me Reason

 

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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CD review CHASTAIN "We Bleed Metal 17"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Chastain, ICSS, David T. Chastain, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, Pure Steel Records

CD review CHASTAIN "We Bleed Metal 17"

(8/10) Re-releases is one thing, but re-issueing an album that comes with the same drums and vocals while the rest sounds entirely different is an interesting and challenging approach. Guitar wizard David T. Chastain took the challenge and recorded “We Bleed Metal 17” leading to some totally different music than what the 2015 release "We Bleed Metal" included. In addition the 2017 version also got a new artwork which rounds off an interesting package for fans of furious guitars and mindblowing vocals by Leather Leone. It's again the combination of guitarist and singer that makes the difference to some other, more averagely releases.

Some tunes kept the same title on this release, like the title track, while others got even a new name (e.g. "Don't Trust Tomorrow" became "I Live For Today"). In addition the tracklist changed as well which gives the album another flow, including a sound that improved due to some re-recorded parts. My personal fave on the 2017 edition is "Warrior", which was "I Am a Warrior" in 2015. It became far more vigorous and vibrant, making the number to a true power metal hymn.

"We Bleed Metal 17" is an interesting experiment featuring re-arranged songs that showcase the entire potential of David T. Chastain and Leather Leone. Even if you call yourself an owner of "We Bleed Metal" you can easily go for this version too since songs get an entirely different expression. I liked the original version of this Chastain release but the newly arranged "We Bleed Metal" lifts this longplayer to a next level. Good stuff for fans of filigree power metal.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. I Live for Today                  
  2. Against All The Odds                      
  3. All Hail                  
  4. Secrets Creeping                             
  5. Last Ones                           
  6. We Bleed Metal 17                         
  7. Warrior                
  8. Bid Your Farewells                          
  9. Search Time

 

Label: Pure Steel Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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CD review CHASTAIN "We Bleed Metal"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Power Metal, News, Chastain, Heavy Metal, US Metal, Shred, CD Review, CJSS

(8/10) What a blast in 1984 when I heard the first songs from David T. Chastain. It was the second full-length album he released under the header of Chastain, with Leather Leone taking over the vocal duties. This album was a real highlight at that time, esp. since it combined Chastain's filigree guitar play with the rough and unpolished vocals of Leone.

Even though the axemen from Atlanta, Georgia had many other releases as solo albums or with CJSS ("Praise the Loud" is cult too) it was Chastain that sticks out.

"We Bleed Metal" is the next Chastain longplayer, no.10, that follows the 2013 release "Surrender to No One". Nine new tracks found a spot on the tracking list and each of them is a pure power metal pearl, intersperesed by David T. Chastain's shred attacks.

The title track got the honour of opening this album. And energetic power metal blow up in your face, followed by the faster "All Hail The King". This tune is a bit more melodic but still heavy and with Chastain's screaming guitar. Those two tracks are a great double header in the beginning that makes clear what the album stands for - pure headbanging metal.

Next to those smashers there are also slower tunes on "We Bleed Metal". "Search Time For You" reduces speed quite a lot and comes as a doom monster. It's a track with a ten ton hammer riff that is extremely cool.

And also "Evolution of Terror" is kept a bit slower without being silent. The only more quiet moment is actually "The Last Ones Alive" that is a powerful track with an acoustic start.

Chastain is best when he works together with Leather Leone. "We Bleed Metal" is the title and it feels like those guys have pure metal in their veins. Power metal fans, young or old, should check out this release.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. We Bleed Metal
  2. All Hail The King
  3. Against All The Gods
  4. Search Time For You
  5. Don' Trust Tomorow
  6. I Am A Warrior
  7. Evolution of Terror
  8. The Last Ones Alive
  9. Secrets

 

Label: Pure Steel Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: November 6th, 2015

CD review CHASTAIN "We Bleed Metal"
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