This is a week for metal heads as you will see from the next two CDs.
We start in Saskatoon, where yet another band is plying their trade, this time in the realm of metal-dom, a genre which today has spawned so many sub-genres it takes an expert in filing to figure out just where to slot a particular band.
Chainfire, in my mind comes at you with pretty straight forward metal. Think Metallica with a tad more edge in general.
The man behind Chainfire is Bradley Scrivener, guitarist, lead vocalist, and lyricist on the nine songs on this the bands debut CD effort. Now for a pet peeve, the rest of this four-piece power outfit are identified on the CD only by their first names only. It's too bad the other members aren't given a little more recognition than being Chris – drums, and so on.
One thing I do like about the package is a totally macabre and totally memorable piece of photo art on the back of the CD, of a girl with sad, bleeding eyes. It's a tad creepy, but it certainly catches attention and on a crowded CD rack in some music store that is essential. I might have suggested the piece be incorporated into the front of the CD.
Back to the music.
This is guitar-driven music, where a few times the music transcends the vocals, but they do a decent job, at least on the recording of keeping it balanced. I would fear live the voices would get totally lost behind a wall of guitars.
Under Me is the cut that the band is pushing first as a single, although my fav is Laydown, and the seven-minute title cut is great. I love metal pieces that rumble on past three-minute radio-friendly song lengths.
If you are into metal check these guys out at www.chainfire.ca
As a Saskatchewan band alone they deserve attention in any local metal collection, and frankly this CD is worth owning no matter where you hail from.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 5, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada