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Chrome Division
Booze, Broads and Beelzebub

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Strutter

  • Great expectations, less than complete execution



  • Chrome Division's first release, "Doomsday Rock 'n Roll" was one of those cds that seemed to be an invite to an after party--meaning the party you came to was a hell of a ride and then you found out it was going to continue later on. Sometimes though the follow up bash is a bit of a buzzkill. Ergo, when in January of this year, Chrome Division announced they had finished recording their second album the assumption was the debut would mean a great sequel. Booze, Broads and Beelzebub was released on July, 2008, with the band claiming it is "a much better sounding album than the first one".

    Great expectations, less than complete execution.

    After pushing and pulling through to Track 5, it's already evident that Booze, Broads and Beelzebub (BBB) misses the bulls eye, where Doomsday Rock 'n Roll was spot on. Word has it that the cd was recorded in 7 days so perhaps the reason why BBB seems like it was phoned in is that well--it was. The cd feels rushed, unpolished, and thrown together.

    Technically- the current lineup Eddie Guz – vocals (also of The Carburetors), Ricky Black – lead guitar, Shagrath – rhythm guitar(also of Dimmu Borgir), Björn Luna – bass guitar (also of Ashes to Ashes) and Tony White – drums, are all capable and accomplished, but at the end of the 13 tracks- Booze, Broads and Beelzebulb doesn’t drive the "riff" home.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: CHROME DIVISION
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Booze, Broads and BeelzebubChrome Division
    2008
    Kim Thore11/29/2008
    Doomsday Rock 'N RollChrome Division
    2006
    Kim Thore11/29/2007


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: CHROME DIVISION
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    3rd Round KnockoutChrome Division
    2011
    Eric Compton7/30/2011


    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: CHROME DIVISION
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