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69 CHAMBERS War On The Inside
Nightmare Records/Silverwolf (2008)

69 Chambers

69 Chambers are a heavy three piece from Zurich - their unique selling point being the 2 girls in the band - Nina on vocals and guitar and Maddy on bass and backing vocals, with the line up completed by Diego on drums. And if you check out the video for the opening track on the album - The Day Of The Locust - on Youtube you'll get an eyeful of guitars, flesh, leather, stilettos and debauchery. What more could you want?

According to the band's PR, Nina has balls. But a long hard look at the extensive flesh exhibited on the album cover, and close examination of the Youtube video would suggest that's highly unlikely to be the case. But certainly the band can lay down a tight and meaty wall of riffery and bombast that is maintained throughout the album's 13 tracks.

But the key point is that on top of that bludgeoning wall of sound, the band add a clever level of commercial vocals and hooks that should endear them to followers of the likes of Evanescence.

In truth, none of the tracks are catchy enough to have 'hit single' written all over them, but tracks like The Day Of The Locust, you could certainly imagine as movie soundtrack material where it's supplemented or supplements some visual stimulation.

Of course, Evanescence are hardly prolific - just 2 albums in 6 years, and their 2nd only just side stepped the 'difficult second album' elephant pit. In the meantime, 69 Chambers may fill the void - at least in part. But is has to be said that they're marginally heavier and marginally less commercial. Even if there is more flesh on display.


Review by Pete Whalley

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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