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Under A Spell – The Chosen One


Last Updated on 10:18 AM by Nikos Nakos

Genre: Heavy
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year: 2021,2019

“The Chosen One” was released in 2019 in a digital format, while the CD was released privately by the band itself. Now it was time for Pure Steel to release it once again; save the date: February 19th!

What we’re dealing here is Metal in its dark form, which is built in a rather unorthodox way. The album’s riffs begin with Heavy Metal patterns and reach up to the -almost- technocratic US Metal logic, almost always keeping a pompous character in their complexity.

Riffs that will soon transform into complete sections of guitar themes, coexisting peacefully and harmoniously with mystery interludes that open the gates of the tracks, but also with melodic themes based on clean guitar that will make your mind float away. The lead parts -where they exist- are enchanting and reach up to the 70s.

The twist comes with Pam Rosser’s Mezzo Soprano vocals that really haunt the listener and take the material to the next level. A heretical King Diamond version? Yes and no and maybe. Let me use Diamond as a simple descriptive term or as a convenient starting point. Rosser takes the whole effort elsewhere. And she couldn’t do otherwise here, let’s face it, since the motifs in which she plays ball, are far from the frenzy of the King’s band.

To be precise, the voice sets up the ultimate game of domination, climbing in awe on every epic technocratic riff, transforming the songs into small masterpieces.

The main solos are fantastic and generally the setting of the tracks (also from a rhythmic point of view) is very smart. I’d never change or trade Smith’s obsessive playing, who plays almost like a frantic drummer instead of keeping a tempo like a normal person. You have to listen to the second half of “Voodoo Doll” which is literally based on a drum solo to fully understand the kind game that’s being played here.

From all of this, a strange, occult atmosphere will emerge that will bring to mind this heretically dark surrealism that prevailed in that “The Innocent, The Forsake, The Guilty” EP of The Mezmerist from California. Don’t make the mistake of trying to make a perfect musical balance. I am referring to the atmosphere of the whole effort alone.

The album will gradually drag you to its power and when you’ll become hooked after the first listening session and develop some kind of addiction, let’s say just a little bit, i’ll be here to sympathize, so drop a word!

My first serious excitement for 21.

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