“The fresh-faced Finnish speed metallers in Chevalier released their raw but impressive debut EP A Call to Arms last March. Now, they’re back with four new songs—three on Chapitre II, and one on a split with their countrymen in Legionnnaire. It’s often tempting to wish for a young band with obvious promise to get into a proper studio and make an album, but so much of the charm of Chevalier is in the DIY raggedness of these songs. They hurtle forward at an almost reckless pace, the instruments constantly threatening to fall out of time with one another, while Emma Blomqvist explores the limits of her untapped register, stumbling from time to time on King Diamond’s piercing falsetto. Listening to them figure it all out is a genuine thrill. (Legionnaire, for their part, manage some convincing twin-lead-driven NWOBHM worship on “Born of Ash and Blood,” but it’s almost unfair to make them share a split with the more exhilarating Chevalier.)”
The Best Metal on Bandcamp: February 2018
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