Norwegian speed metal band Chain Collector was formed in 2003 in Kristiansand by an experienced cast and crew. A bassist-less line-up issued a demo in 2004 called Forthcoming Addiction and obtained a deal with Sound Riot. The label, in turn, licensed the album to Massacre Records. The group signed to Green Carnation’s Sublife Productions in 2007.
CHAIN COLLECTOR - THE MASQUERADE - SOUND RIOT
Roughly the first four songs on the debut from Norway’s Chain Collector, Hierarchy Of Murder, Harvester, Neverwhere, And Then There Were None, qualified as enjoyable, if not wholly original, modern thrash metal cuts. The band’s speedy approach, hard edge, aggressive stance and razor-sharp sound trounced the unnecessary clean vocals of second singer Svenn Aksel Henriksen.
Except the members’ influences and the imprint of its other bands kicks in next. Album closer Winter Princess is decent enough, but the clean choruses, keyboards, outright pop music on a song like Crucifixion and overbearing harmonies mar the second half of the album.
Chain Collector should do nicely for In The Woods or Green Carnation completists or anyone inexplicably head over heels into mixed aggression with clean vocals. Others would probably find a few better options on display at the record store. - Anna Tergel