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Chase The Ace Warriors Of The Wasteland Review

CHASE THE ACE
WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND

[self released]
Release Date: 2015

Chase The Ace Warriors Of The Wasteland

Hailing from Bendigo, Victoria, Chase The Ace are a young hard rock band who started out just a few years ago and are now releasing their debut full length album "Warriors Of The Wasteland", a dirty, raw hard rock album with hints of old school metal that nods it's head to the likes of later modern heavy rock and metal bands like Metallica and Bullet For My Valentine but still retaining their early influences like AC/DC and Rose tattoo.

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Personally I hear a weird comparison to an underground thrash band called Legalize Murder, a more mid-tempo hard rock version of that band who also have a very raw sound. That is what stands out to me, it's that very raw, dirty sound that bridges the gap between hard rock and metal. The opening track of sirens and gun firing leads into a set of tracks that focus heavily on hooks and grooves. "Slaughter" is a good representation of the band and that breakdown 3 quarters into the track is very cool indeed.

"Stand Your Ground" sounds like a potential lead single or breakthrough song for the band but "Rumble" is a highlight with it's Guns N' Roses" "Civil War" like intro and an almost Alice In Chains vibe in the rest of the song. "Massacre" is the grungiest song on the album while "Mayhem" is more traditional heavy metal with a very hooky main riff. An interesting interlude sits towards the end of the album which sounds like it could be an intro to another song but "Prayers" rounds thing off with a very NWOBHM style, coming back again with the sirens and gunfire that started things off.

While it sounds like a very traditional old school hard rock album on first listen, "Warriors Of The Wasteland" actually has a very grungy and metal sound streaming through-out the songs, swaying between old school to modern touches and everything in between. Sonically it's a very raw sound and the band only get away with it purely for the grungy nature of the songs. The next album will be interesting to see if the band find a specific sound or if they continue with that sense of overlapping genres of the heavier and traditional sounds of rock and metal. Still worth a listen though if you are fans of either genre.


TRACKLIST
Warriors of the Wasteland
Slaughterhouse
Stand Your Ground
Massacre
Rumble in the Jungle
Fight
Intro
Mayhem and Madness
Say Your Final Prayers

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Review by Andrew "Schizodeluxe" Massie