Chrome Division Booze, Broads and Beelzebub

This is further proof that even the blackest of Norwegian metal bands still revere Motörhead as the pinnacle of influence. Chrome Division spit out another set of tunes that unite their appreciation for high-energy, straightforward, blues-based rock’n’roll and the technicality/sterility of detuned guitars and double-bass rhythms. For the uninitiated, Chrome Division are the side-project of Dimmu Borgir’s Shagrath, the avenue where he trades the corpse paint for a leather jacket. Where else would you hear a black metal enthusiast busting out ZZ Top’s "Sharp Dressed Man”? While many of the songs on Booze, Broads And Beelzebub do feature that gutsy, raspy drive that makes cohorts such as Turbonegro or Peter Pan Speed Rock so enticing, the band’s inability to completely shred the Gothenburg-ish elements (eerie guitar melodies and chunky low-end) occasionally detract from the desired intent. Overall, unforgettable chant-along choruses coupled with a sneering, tongue-in-cheek attitude and the band’s prodigious attack incite adrenaline-fuelled aggression for the majority of this release. (Nuclear Blast)