"Hollow" (Self-produced; 2004)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

If you just listened to the first song on Chainsnap's "Hollow," you might be inclined to think of them as just another band that wants to sound like Pantera. It's not that it's a bad song; in fact, it's pretty good. It just doesn't offer much in the originality department.

However, if you did only listen to to that first song ("Spiral"), you'd be doing yourself a grave disservice. Because it's the overall package of "Hollow" that really sells Chainsnap as a metal band with talent. Each song maintains the band's base sound, but a combination of creative songwriting, unique vocal stylings, hook-laden riffs and the more-than-occasional solo and you get a record that's got all the edge of old school metal but just enough modern sound to make it stand apart from the crowd.

Fans of bands like Pantera, Judas Priest, Metallica and Crowbar will find lots to like here as will fans of bands like Hatebreed and Lamb of God.

By the way, the production here is excellent, especially for a self-produced CD.

Chainsnap: Steve Schiller - vocals; Matt Kingery - bass; Alex Kawleski - drums; Jermey Haasl -  guitar; Keith Monville - guitar. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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