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Chastain - 2004 In An Outrage


CHASTAIN - IN AN OUTRAGE (2004, MASSACRE/LEVIATHAN RECORDS)
Kate French - vocals
David Chastain - guitars
Dave Starr - bass
Larry Howe - drums


Background
After his prolific output in the 80's, spread between his solo releases and bands Chastain and CJSS, David Chastain himself has been somewhat silent with his band, this was Chastain's first album in seven years, since 1997's 'In Dementia'. One suspects it must have been the after-effects of nine albums recorded from 1985 to 1990! The guitar virtuoso has kept himself busy with seemingly hundreds of projects in the interim, which contributed to the delay of a new Chastain album. Twenty years following Chastain's debut 'Mystery Of Illusion' the band are still adhering to a basic heavy metal formula, although much more modern as expected. Joining Chastain again is Kate French, who replaced original vocalist Leather Leone when Chastain reformed the band in 1995. The able duo of ex Vicious Rumours rhythm section Starr and Howe round out an accomplished lineup, which somehow fails to live up to expectations.

The Songs
Opinions on female vocalists in metal are usually divided, and I'll be the first to admit I'm not usually in favour of them. Kate French is a rare exception, with the type of hoarse delivery which is as close to any male singer as you like, and in effective fashion. Often the music fails to meet her standards, but the bands ability in crafting hooks which stick instantly are detailed in the fine 'Malicious Pigs' for one. Chastain's riffs are straight from the gutter on occasion, see 'Lucky To Be Alive', but this time the chorus falls flat, with not a hint of originality about it. The galloping 'Bullet From A Gun' exceeds the rest of the tracks, due primarily to its no nonsense metal attack, which ironically isn't that original either. The album fails with the agonisingly slow likes of 'Tortured Love' which meander without incident, except to make you think it's still 1988 with the most bland form of hard rock. French gets tough on 'Women Are Wicked', a true statement, but also making for predictable listening. It seems Chastain is fond of incorporating a brief fast section in every track to give it life among the sludge, but its conclusion is all too obvious. By the end, amid French's Middle Eastern wailing on 'Hamunaptra', the listening experience resembles the Boston Marathon, only you're being forced to run.

In Summary
Not a stellar comeback, and whether this proves to be the end for Chastain remains to be seen. French recently joined Vain Glory, so the world has not heard the last of her gruffness yet. She probably could do a lot better with superior material, as this lacks variety. Heaviness means little when the intangibles that make your hair stand up are missing. At the end (and start) of the day that's how an albums success can be judged alone. Needless to say 'In An Outrage' fails in this area.

URL: www.leviathanrecords.com

Track Listing
01 In An Outrage
02 Malicious Pigs
03 Lucky To Be Alive
04 Souls The Sun
05 Bullet From A Gun
06 Women Are Wicked
07 Tortured Love
08 New Beginnings
09 Rule The World
10 Hamunaptra

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