When members of
Dimmu Borgir venture off for musical side projects, there's
reason to get excited (see The
Kovenant). Shagrath (Dimmu vocalist) and Nagash (former
Dimmu bassist) have put together the so-called "biker metal"
band Chrome Division. Nagash has since left the fold, but
joining Shagrath are bassist Bjorn Luna (Ashes To Ashes),
drummer Tony White (Minas Tirith), lead guitarist Ricky Black
and vocalist Eddie Guz (The Carburetors).
What we get with Doomsday Rock 'N Roll is just that.
This album is filled with dirty, old-school hard-rockin' metal
reminiscent of classic Motorhead with the attitude of The
Misfits, Turbonegro and '80s hardcore. What makes this album
special is the high level of talent with which it is performed.
Guz's vocals are similar to Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmeister but
are a perfect fit for Chrome Division. Shagrath' and Black's
guitar playing proves they are true talents. They churn out
chunky riffs, melodic playing and awesome, memorable solos.
Party anthems like the opening track, "Serial Killer," "Trouble
With The Law" and the band's ode to themselves, "Chrome Division,"
are hard-hitting, memorable and, most of all, fun. This is
where the Turbonegro comparison comes in. Chrome Division
are here to have a good time, and it shows through their music.
They know they are a little over the top and don't take themselves
too seriously. It's all about the attitude. The tempo is fast,
in your face and rarely lets up. The closing track, "When
The Shit Hits The Fan," sounds like a band on a mission with
its hardcore influence and shout-along chorus.
Who would have known that members of Dimmu Borgir could put
together something this far removed from their band? That
it's this damn good shows how diverse metal musicians can
be. Early comparisons likened the band to Black Label Society
or Motorhead. While this is true to some degree, especially
with Motorhead, the album also has a lot in common with the
Misfits, Cro-Mags and Turbonegro. It's the punk rock influence
that brings the attitude and fun to this album, making for
an outstanding release.