Cauldron
Chained To The Nite


3.0
good

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
April 14th, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Equal parts Dokken and Sabbath, Chained to the Nite is one helluva party...but not much else.

As far as metal goes, Goat Horn was Toronto's best kept secret. Sure, you could argue that's because they were actually from Pembroke, but since nobody gives a shit about Pembroke I'll say it again: Goat Horn was Toronto's best kept secret. They played a brand of metal that could only be described as lanky. They were in many ways a contemporary, Canadian Witchfinder General, only unlike the reformed British foursome, their awkwardness was more endearing than alienating. Of course Goat Horn were far from an adolescent Sabbath-clone. They were louder than necessary and they often welcomed thrashy, speed-metal undertones into their beer-soaked brand of heavy metal. Of course like most best kept secrets, Goat Horn struggled to stay afloat and eventually disbanded. From the ashes rose Cauldron, a cock-rock three piece dedicated exclusively to heavy metal and, more specifically, chains.

Jason Decay heads Cauldron on their debut full-length Chained to the Nite, and while the vocalist-slash-bassist may be the only Goat Horn member remaining, he sees their legacy through. Joined by drummer “Steel Rider” and guitarist “Ian Chains”, Chained to the Nite is a revitalization of traditional heavy metal with hearty injection of cock rock. While Chained to the Nite does get heavier as it progresses, it largely abandons Goat Horn's deeper oomph in favour of Ian Chains' hooky guitar work. In fact Chained to the Nite is a surprisingly sweet sounding album, almost too a fault, and what it lacks in loudness it seemingly makes up for with chains. Seriously. Not only is the album titled Chained to the Nite, and not only does it feature Ian Chains on guitars, but it features a track titled “Chained Up In Chains” and another titled “Chains Around Heaven” and the album cover features a naked woman chained up (in chains). Cauldron's fascination with chains is, well, perplexing but marginally inconsequential. What matters is that Chained to the Nite does exactly what it sets out to do: it is a traditional heavy metal album that excellently tosses all things 80s into the...Cauldron. Whether it's the doom-y gallop of “Midnite Hour”, the speedy “Dreams Die Young” or the outright schlocky “Chained Up In Chains”, Chained to the Nite does an excellent job at providing a snapshot of the genre while contributing to its legacy.

The band may be better known for their drunken escapades around the city but Chained to the Nite justifies them as a worthy successor to the tradition Goat Horn created, and with the recent break-up of Toronto retro-thrashers Rammer (who featured former Goat Horn and Cauldron member Al "Altillery" Chambers on drums), Cauldron fills a necessary void. Though it's easy to argue that Chained to the Nite is at times too fluffy for its own good, it is virtually impossible to deny how fun it is. At it's core, Chained to the Nite is but a beer-soaked throwback. It may not be the densest album out there but it's one hell of a party and sometimes that's all we can ask for.



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Wizard
April 14th 2009


19609 Comments


Cock Rock? Still sounds like a fun listen. Review is good as per usual.

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Tyler
Emeritus
April 14th 2009


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, cock-rock minus the hairspray. it's just got very hooky melodies yknow? but it's still undoubtedly a heavy metal album.

Wizard
April 14th 2009


19609 Comments


I think I may have to give this a go seeing as I've been listening to alot of serious stuff lately. Need more fun, hooky melodies.

joshuatree
Emeritus
April 14th 2009


3742 Comments


coke rock

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 14th 2009


4951 Comments


lots of chains itr

Acre
April 14th 2009


847 Comments


Yo dawg, I heard you like chains...

bigguy69
April 14th 2009


199 Comments


i care about pembroke

Waior
April 14th 2009


11461 Comments


Artwork is full of stereotype, and so is the record I do believe.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 15th 2009


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you catch on fast aka that's the point

Waior
April 15th 2009


11461 Comments


aka than I haven't really caught on.





Tyler
Emeritus
April 15th 2009


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

aka then

Waior
April 15th 2009


11461 Comments


I deliberated the proper spelling for a long time.

aka not long enough

Tyler
Emeritus
April 15th 2009


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

let's arm wrestle

cauldron would want it that way

Waior
April 15th 2009


11461 Comments


bring it. I have the biceps of a trout.

foreverendeared
April 15th 2009


14678 Comments


review is short and sweet. this sounds like something i would not really enjoy.

kitsch
April 19th 2009


5107 Comments


Equal parts Dokken and Sabbath, Chained to the Nite is one helluva party...but not much else.


not the best way to get anyone to read the review.

kitsch
April 19th 2009


5107 Comments


coke i saw that movie the other day on starz or some shi. it was awful.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 20th 2009


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

House Party is amazing. But the sequels are pretty awful.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 20th 2009


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Jason Decay: "I like to get reverse drunk on April 20 cause I don't smoke weed. I still celebrate 4/20 with all my stoner friends, but since I don't smoke dope, I like to get as drunk as possible for two weeks straight before 4/20. When you're used to getting smashed everyday and you take a day off, you start to hallucinate and think you're going crazy. I call this getting reverse drunk."



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