CHALICE – SILVER CLOAK (High Roller Records)

Review by Holger.: New Wave Of British Heavy Metal From Finland. Sounds weird. But that’s the way it is. Of course, the whole thing does not sound as thin as our beloved original 80’s NWOBHM but rather powerfully produced according to the spirit of the times, but the music can certainly be classified in this time.

The two ex- Ranger members Mikael (guitars, keyboards) and Verneri (vocals, lead guitars) founded Chalice in 2016 and released this EP together with their bandmates after a demo in 2017. Unfortunately, the guys from Helsinki only recorded three songs with a total playing time of just 14 minutes. This is all the more regrettable as the Ep really makes you want more and I can not think of a band from the stand that would be comparable in terms of sound. Really great and above all something else that is presented here. It’s essential to have a complete album!

Please be sure to listen to promo videos or entire songs on youtube or other platforms. It’s really worth it. Only the cover of the EP does not seem to suit the music. Looks somehow “darker and malicious” than the songs are finally. But that is probably a matter of taste and of course purely subjective.

The very cool 7″ is released in a 500 edition in the following versions:

– 150 copies – silver vinyl

– 150 copies – gold vinyl

– 200 copies – black vinyl

Additional info at: https://chalicefin.bandcamp.com/album/silver-cloak /  https://www.facebook.com/ChaliceFIN/

My rating: 82/100 (Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it)

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