Release Date: 13th September 2013
Genre: Stoner Metal
Number of Tracks: 10
Sounds like: Queens of the Stone Age, Wolfshead.
Overall Rating: 7/10
Nothing gets the blood pumping like an aggressive smack of heavy stoner metal. Thats the exact feeling when you first listen to 4 piece Canadian band Chron Goblin. Life for the Living is their first full length album and 3rd overall after an EP released in 2010 and an LP released in 2012.
Based on the traditions of early heavy metal, Chron Goblin have plenty of ideas to keep things fresh. The signature style, croaky aggressive vocals from Josh Sandulak fit well with an abyss of fast tempo chunky guitar riffs from Devin 'Darty' Purdy which are often held together in rhythmic style by bassist Richard Hepp and creative drummer Brett Whittingham. What impressed me the most about this album, is how they utilise every instrument in the construction of a mix of blues style rock and roll songs. You often hear the guitars taking a lead role, but also a lot of the tracks are bass lead and they are often just as aggressive as the guitar. Track 3 'Lonely Prey' and Track 5 'Give no More' are great examples.
Theres something juicy about this album and there's no messing around as track 1 'Deserter' soon gets going a pulsating onslaught of stoner metal riffage. Every song has a different feel, but each one is as aggressive as the other, and overall it is a solid album worth a listen. Stand out tracks are, track 4 'Big Baby', track 5 'Give no More' and off their ep 'Bring Your Idols'.
Chron Goblin have potential, and you can definitely hear they will be a great live band, and they will release many more cracking albums in the future.
Western Canadian tour booked for fall 2013.
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