Gates Of Hell Records
Gates Of Hell Records proudly presents the vinyl release of CHEVALIER’s sold-out 2018 “Chapitre II” EP - including a previously unreleased Brocas Helm cover: “Fly High”! Rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after bands in the Scandinavian metal underground, CHEVALIER’s brand of boundless speed metal is instantly identifiable in an age where thrash and speed metal has become sterile.
Too often, hitting the “rewind” button on speed or thrash metal reveals bands more interested in rehashing past glories than offering something new. The speed/thrash explosion of the mid-’00s displayed that if anything, it’s far too easy to slap on a jean jacket, queue up “Bonded by Blood”, form a band, “borrow” some riffs and release subpar, uninspired material. Which brings us to Helsinki, Finland for an introduction to CHEVALIER, one of the most fiery and unique bands to hit the speed metal pavement in recent memory.
Formed a mere two years ago, CHEVALIER (who consist of vocalist Emma Grönqvist, the guitar tandem of Tommi and Mikko, bassist Sebastian Bergman and drummer Joel), immediately got to work in their rehearsal room, whereupon they recorded their “A Call to Arms” debut EP. While their recent split with Legionnaire recorded in a traditional studio, the band opted to return to the comfortable environs of their rehearsal room for the tracking of “Chaptire II”. Sure enough, it has given CHEVALIER a throttling, reverb-soaked sound that catapults speak not only to the band’s speedy roots, but the labyrinthine song constructions similar to NWOBHM upstarts Hell and Mercyful Fate.
“Chapitre II” is the band’s most diverse release to date, as evidenced by the expanded song lengths and oftentimes adventurous song layouts. Grönqvist, in her banshee-wailing, scream-queen glory, turns in a riveting performance, holding steady against relentless thrash beats and triumphant gallops. The songs themselves tackle a wealth of topics: “The Messenger” is about the rush to deliver a crucial message to one’s kingdom before paranoia kicks in; “Wrath of Steel” details a warrior’s thoughts on a bloody battlefield, and “The Curse of the Dead Star” is about impending doom from outer space.
The combination of fantasy and science fiction lyrics along with urgent, challenging, melody-laden speed metal instantly sets CHEVALIER apart from the pack, where every song is more than just a simple headbang-a-thon — they are journeys onto themselves.
1. The Messenger
2. Wrath Of Steel
3. The Curse Of The Dead Star
4. Fly High (Brocas Helm cover)
Emma - Vocals
Tommi - Guitars
Mikko - Guitars
Joel - Drums
Sebastian - Bass