”Chapitre II”
(Gates Of Hell Records)

Battle Helm Rating

This is apparently a vinyl only release CHEVALIER’s sold out 2018 EP. I missed out on this highly hyped EP the first time around. This Finnish band seem to have caused quite a stir in the heavy metal underground. As I am somebody that doesn’t believe the hype I couldn’t care less how hyped this is/was. All I care about is if I like it. And to tell you the truth the jury is still out on this one. I am not as blown away as I thought I would be, yet I am not totally turned off. There is a charm to this that appeals to me. Musically this is speed metal the way it was played in the 80s. As much as I love the whole 80s metal scene, I can at times feel that people are taking this whole retro thing too far. To my ears this balances very close to the edge of being cheesy. Thankfully they manage to keep it from tipping over. I am not totally convinced but I wouldn’t mind hearing more from this band. Anders Ekdahl

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