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Chrome Division - Booze, Broads And Beelzebub

Published August 17 2008

=Staff's pick

The Second Coming
Booze, Broads & Beezlebub*
Wine Of Sin
Raven Black Cadillac*
Life Of A Fighter
The Devil Walks Proud
Hate This Town*
The Boys From The East
Doomsday Riders*
Lets Hear It
Sharp Dressed Man
Bad Broad (Good Girl Gone Bad)
Raise Your Flag

Genre Heavy Metal/Rock 'n Roll
Eddie Guz
Tracks 13
Runningtime 50 Min.
Ricky Black
Label Nuclear Blast
Björn Luna
Release 17 July 2008
Tony White
Country Norway
Similar artists Judas Priest, The Cult, Motörhead

Norway's Biker Black Metal marauders return, and the boys from the east are definitely back in this hated town. These bludgeon leather boys whine and wage sin, while swilling booze, bangin' broads, and walkin' proud with the devil. Chrome Division are still delivering the goods with a spectrum of style and flourish, partying like it's 1969!

On their sophomore outing, Shaggy, Ricky, Eddie, Tony, & Björn seriously kill! These doomsday riders really know how to rock out. They reflect a prism of influences from the 70's & 80's, while keeping their sound current and refreshing. There's the whole 70's true glam and glitter of Kiss, Slade, Starz, & Alice Cooper. There's the 80's make-up of Mötley Crüe, Guns 'N' Roses, Skid Row, Twisted Sister, Ratt, and their ilk. There the 80's goth elements of Sisters Of Mercy, The Cult, and Joy Division. Then there's the southern heat of Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, etc. They even give their own identity to "Sharp Dressed Man".

Of course, any fan of AC/DC, Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, Accept, Scorpions, Venom, & Judas Priest will enjoy the misfit mayhem of Chrome Division. The Priest touches intentionally resound on "Doomsday Riders"; while Anvil fans will uphold the breast intentions of "Wine Of Sin". "Raven Black Cadillac", surprisingly is not influenced by Quiet Riot; but, one cannot help but think of that song, while hearing this.

"Life Of A Fighter", "Hate This Town", & the title track, exhibit excellent soloing, solid drumming, and catchy choruses. Eddie Guz has that gruff Lemmy & Cronos meets Ian Astbury gargle, but his voice is still discernible. The production has definitely improved, and the songwriting is more sound. All that expensive studio time has really paid off.

Apparently, Booze, Broads, & Beelzebub, is Chrome Division's way of paraphrasing the colloquial - "Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'N' Roll. Well, there is plenty of tease me, please me indulgence, and an overdose of straight up Hard Rock 'N' Roll ripping through my ears, when I play this CD. So, let's hear it for another quality effort by the Chrome Division. All hail their second cumming!

There is really no reason not to check out Shagrath's alter-ego. This is not Dimmu Borgir, but Chrome Division are definitely in league with Satan!

See also review of: Doomsday Rock 'n Roll
See also: interview with Björn Luna








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