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Chateaux - Rheingold - reviewed by EC

Track Listing
1. Young Blood
2. Fight To The Last
3. Chained & Desperate
4. Spirit Of The Chateaux
5. Burn Out At Dawn
6. Dawn Surrenered
7. Straight To The Heart
8. Baton Rouge
9. Son Of Seattle
10. Shine On Forever
11. Rock N Roll Thunder
12. Roller Coaster
13. Eyes Of Stone
14. Hero
15. Run In The Night
16. White Steel
17. Street Anger
18. V8 Crash
19. Highly Strung
20. Turn It On
21. Hot Touch At Midnight
22. Phalanx
23. Chase The Sun
24. Through The Fire
25. First Strike
26. One Too Many
27. Midnight Star
Thank God Sanctuary opened the Ebony vaults!! Long sought after, highly acclaimed, finally available on disc! Chateaux. All three studio records beautifully packaged in this 2CD anthology from Sanctuary Records. Fans get "Chained And Desperate", "Firepower", and "Highly Strung". But wait...for those long time metal fans who have been spinning their wax slabs for years, this anthology offers the extremely rare "Fight To The Last" 7" as well. Wow! This collection just smokes.

Chateaux were an amazing early 80s NWOBHM band from England (not French like many think). All three of these records received critical praise, but the band just never caught on and finally disbanded after the release of their third album. Damn shame too.

1983's "Chained And Desperate" recruited Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett to the fold, turning the record into a full fledged melodic metal masterpiece with gems like "Spirit Of The Chateaux" and "Burn Out At Dawn".

1984's "Firepower" saw the band speed it up a bit, with numbers like "Hero" and "White Steel" racing to the finish line in grand Tokyo Blade/Maiden style.

1985's swansong, "Highly Strung" saw the band keep the thrash aspect alive, with fast pacers like "First Strike" and title track "Highly Strung". Savage fans look out!

Metal collectors will jump all over this bargain. Packaging on this set is just gorgeous, offering promo pics, full album artwork, and rare concert poster pics. Top that off with a descriptive and detailed band bio and you have the makings of one fine anthology, one of the better ones out there in my opinion.

Thank you Sanctuary for finally making these classic gems available on disc.

--EC 6.27.03
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

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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