Heavy Metal band Chrome Division release their fourth album Infernal Rock Eternal on January 17th (Europe), January 20th (UK) and January 21, 2014 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. Chrome Division was founded in Denmark in 2004 by Shagrath of Symphonic Death Metal band, Dimmu Borgir with Lex Icon of The Kovenant and Bjorn Luna of Ashes to Ashes. Several line-up changes see them with their current line up and lead singer Pål Mathiesen (Athera of Susperia) who uses the stage name Shady Blue in Chrome Division.
The album opens in flamenco style with a ninety second Spanish, Gypsy style introduction Good Morning Riot which reminded me of the introduction to Danish band Volbeat’s album Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies and also British Sleaze Rockers The Gypsy Pistoleros’ track Living Down with the Gypsies.
The introduction lead to Endless Nights a track which was like some sleazy hybrid of Sex Type Thing by Stone Temple Pilots and Rockstar by Crystal Pistol (which The Gypsy Pistoleros cover) some great riffs in this one, good rhythm and a dirty laugh! (She’s) Hot Tonight another hard rocking track which reminded me of British bad boys young and old – with riffage similar to Falling Red’s How You Feel (On Me) and lyrics which, although in this case ‘Hot’, got me thinking of The Rolling Stones’ She’s So Cold.
The Absinthe Voyage and No Bet For Free had flavours of Motorhead, whilst The Moonshine Years is something like I imagine a cross between Motorhead and Marilyn Manson would be. Lady of Perpertual Sorrow is a mellower track to start, with an acoustic guitar style flamenco opening, before stepping up a beat and packing in some electrified riffs. On The Run Again Canned Heat’s On the Road Again meets Metallica’s For Whom The Bell Tolls?
Mistress in Madness, Reaper On The Hunt and You’re Dead Now more good rock ‘n roll tracks with great drum beats and more riffs than Tony White (drummer) can shake a stick at! There is a bonus track Dirty Dog, which I didn’t get in my review copy, so the album, for me, ended with Ol. I like albums to finish on a high, and this certainly did, although for some strange reason I picked up the tune which accompanies ‘You’ll take the high road, and I’ll take the low road’ in the famous Scottish ditty Loch Lomond albeit much faster, minus the bagpipes but, plus some fast drums and screaming riffs.
A great album packed with lots of different elements from Sleaze to Goth to Punk to just good old Rock ‘n’ Roll which contains some really catchy tracks, designed to get you tapping your feet in time, tracks which should transfer well to the stage. I hope to see Chrome Division over in the UK in 2014.
1. Good Morning Riot
2. Endless Nights
3. (She’s) Hot Tonight
4. The Absinthe Voyage
5. Lady Of Perpetual Sorrow
6. The Moonshine Years
7. No Bet For Free
8. On The Run Again
9. Mistress In Madness
10. Reaper On The Hunt
11. You’re Dead Now
13. Dirty Dog (Bonus Track)
Shagrath-Guitar & Backing vocals
Damage Karlsen Lead Guitar & backing vocals
Ogee Ferrari-Bassguitar & backing vocals