Style: Groove Metal
Release date: 3 December, 2010
Playing time: 57:47

Oh, brother, this review is so long overdue that it's almost embarrassing. The excuse? Family and work life in general, and a long, long list of other reviews to be done, of course. The reason is certainly not Chained's music. I haven't been avoiding it as you sometimes feel like doing as a reviewer when you're presented to some of the semi-crap out there.

Chained's music is by no means crap. It's good, solid groove metal with an old-school thrash basis. Do you know Mustasch? It's a Swedish band that has gained some popularity with their Black Sabbath/Metallica inspired metal. Why do I all of a sudden mention Mustasch here? For the simple reason that I find it interesting that their Swedish compatriots from Chained remind me a lot of Mustasch. The two bands share a lot of the same sound and their singers have similar ways of handling the vocal performance, too.

So, if you do know Mustasch, just pretend them with a much more Pantera influenced expression, then you pretty much have Chained. Then add a bit of Megadeth and Anthrax, and you're there. Although the Swedes don't score high on the originality-metre, I cannot help liking this just because they groove excellently and make the neck muscles want to go from the first instance.

Groove metal and old-school thrash fans, check this out - definitely worth your pocket money!


01. My Saviour, My Lord
02. Shattered Minds
03. Grateful Sinner
04. Tearing Down My Walls
05. Drained
06. Conquerors
07. Bought By Blood
08. Like A Rattlesnake
09. Bound For Glory
10. Can't Have My Soul
11. The Weakest Are The Strongest
12. War Is Hate
13. Tearing Down My Walls (live & unplugged)

Label: Chained Productions
Promotion: Connecting Music
Artwork rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nilesen
Date: 16 February, 2011