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PostSubject: 69 Chambers - 'Torque'   Tue May 07, 2013 5:13 am

Review by Daniel Bear

Alternative Metal

‘Torque’ is 69 Chambers second album release following “War on the Inside”, if you have listened to their original release then you have an idea of what to expect from this offering, this release is just as diverse, but heavier and more refined. If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to 69 Chambers before then prepare yourself for their chaotic blend of musical influences and their heavy, catchy and unique sound.

The band includes veterans Tommy Vetterli (ex Coroner, Kreator) on Guitar and Diego Rapaccheitti (Paganini, Venturia, Zero) on Drums. Lead singer Nina Vetterli-Treml is the main song-writer and now bassist too. Treml’s vocals are far from typical for such a heavy sounding metal band, but they work fantastically well, varying from pop to sultry to snarling, but always expressive. You need to approach this album with an open-mind and it needs a good few spins to “get it”, but boy does your perseverance pay off.

Torque has 14 tracks and clocks in at just over an hour, and never runs out of ideas. The single ‘Cause and Effect’ kicks the album off in startling fashion, heavy and pacey with guest vocalist Chrigel Glanzmann’s (Eluvetie) growls and Treml’s vocals and poppy chorus working surprisingly well. Torque ends on the albums only ballad ‘Elegy’ which is Piano based for the first three quarters and power ballad for the final quarter, I’m not usually a fan of ballads, but this one is classy.

There is so much going on and so many influences that you cannot categorise Torque, if your brain can handle it, you will love it, but I can see some people struggling to come to terms with everything that 69 Chambers has crammed in to Torque. Personally I think Torque is a step away from genius!

Track List
Cause and Effect*
Bring On the Flood
Naughty, Naughty, Naughty*
Anhedonia
Burn Some Gasoline
The Peep Hole*
Ring a Bell*
Closure*
And Then There Was Silence*
Temple Down
Your Fool
The Doom of Her Power*
Grace
Elegy*
* Personal Highlights


Final Word

Torque is Heavy, edgy, sexy, moody, catchy and most of all... never boring!

Score 4.5/5

Band Members
Bass & Vocals: Nina Vetterli-Treml
Guitar: Tommy Vetterli
Drums: Diego Rapaccheitti


Videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIrgFFtI3QU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR30egk7q_U


Links
https://www.facebook.com/69chambers
http://sixtyninechambers.com/

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