CD review CHALICE ‘Trembling Crown’

Chalice is certainly a very common band name. You can find bands with this moniker from heavy metal to metalcore. The Chalice we are talking about here are from Helsinki, Finland and started in 2016. After a demo in 2017 and an EP called ‘Silver Cloak’ it is now time to present a debut album.

High Roller Records, known for their good intuition for very promising bands, already released the EP of the group and now they release ‘Trembling Crown’.

Chalice’s debut can be categorized in a broader sense as Classic Metal, but this only partially reflects reality. The four guys have a much wider spectrum of influences, which blossom on their first album. For example the slo-mo riffs of ‘Hunger of the Depth’ which not only build up a melancholic mood but also blur the lines to doom metal. Chalice do not hang on to standard 3-4 minute tunes. There is too much creativity in the minds of the four guys, which expresses itself in tracks with 7-8 minutes. However, it should be noted that not a single second causes boredom on this album.

The start of ‘Trembing Crown’ is with ‘Night’s Hands’ a rather lively one. You can already sense from the breaks that the band follows more than just the beaten path. Classic Heavy Metal is honored by ‘Karkanxholl’. ‘Wings I’ve Known’ immediately causes a good mood and the smile doesn’t fade with ‘The Key’. In a way the song reminds me in the verse of Lake Of Tears during ‘Cosmic Bubble ‘ times.

The grand finale is called ‘Stars’ and is with almost ten minutes a real achievement of strength. In parts reminding of Wishbone Ash’s ‘Argus’ the band succeeds in putting a real highlight at the end of the album. The soulful beginning and the brilliant vocal lines immediately cause goose bumps. Slowly and steadily the track gains energy which creates even more excitement. Impressed by creativity and savvy, the time just flies by.

‘Trembling Crown’ is a debut album that gives reason for optimism. Chalice stand out from most bands in this genre with their musical diversity and all signs are green concerning the future of the quartet. My advice: listen to this album. It is worth it.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Night’s Hands
  2. Trembling Crown
  3. Hunger of the Depth
  4. Karkanxholl
  5. Wings I’ve Known
  6. The Key
  7. Stars

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Classic Metal / Doom

Release Date EU: December 11th, 2020

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