Someone forgot to tell the Canadian metal band Cauldron that the New Wave of British Heavy Metal took place 30 years ago. Nonetheless, this three-piece band from Toronto has a sound more a kin to the early eighties than the bands of today, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
It amazes me what a three-man band can do these days. I am seeing a trend with more and more bands are starting out as a trio. Cauldron’s sound is pretty fat for a three-piece outfit. Chained to the Nite is filled with chugging guitar riffs, solid bass work and some drumming that would make most metal bands proud. With that being said, Cauldron is not without issues. Jason Decay’s voice is on the weak side. His voice is not powerful enough to drive the songs home. When the music is this good, it would be helpful if Cauldron had a voice that gave the music a longer lasting impression. A few metal screams, or more emphasis on the lyrics would have made the songs on Chained in the Nite a lot more interesting.
There are a few noteworthy moments on this CD including “Chained Up In Chains”, “Dreams Die Young”.
The album closes with a pretty cool cover of Black N’ Blue’s “Chains Around Heaven”, which was a nice surprise. My copy of this CD came with a bonus disc with two extra songs, “The Striker Strikes” and “Restless”. I think the song “The Striker Strikes” should have been used as one of the main tracks on the CD. It is better than most of the songs on Chained to the Nite. It has an early Iron Maiden like feel to it. “Restless” is kind of catchy and is a decent tune as well.
Chained To the Nite shows a band that has not yet achieved metal perfection. This Cauldron is bubbling over with the murky soup of potential.
Check them out on myspace, at this link.
1. Young And Hungry
2. Conjure The Mass
3. Chained Up In Chains
4. The Leaven / Fermenting Enchantress
5. Dreams Die Young
6. Bound To The Stake
7. Witch Trail
8. Midnite Hour
9. Chains Around Heaven
10. The Striker Strikes
Jason Decay – Bass & Vocals
Ian Chains – Guitars
Steel Rider – Drums