Paul Chain is a solo artist from the united Kingdom that has been around for almost 40 years first with Death SS, and his other projects as well as his solo work and has also been a very huge influence on both of the occult and doom metal scenes and this is a review of his 2016 album "Alkahest" which was released by Minotauro Records and is in the traditional styl of occult doom metal.
A very hard and heavy 70's style doom metal sound starts off the album along with some clean singing vocals a few seconds later and the solos and leads also remain true to an old school metal/rock style and while the music is rooted in the past the production makes the songs have a more current style.
As the album progresses keyboards are added onto some of the songs and they also give the music more of a haunting atmosphere and some tracks also add in a small amount of grim whispers and a few of the tracks are very long and epic in length and there is also a brief use of folk instruments on one song and on the later tracks Lee Dorian of Cathedral starts doing the vocals and brings in a rougher style to the music which is also more close to his own band and every track sticks to a very slow musical direction while the album closes with a cover of Black Sabbath's "Electric Funeral" and some songs also add in acoustic guitars.
Paul Chain creates another recording that remains true to the occult doom metal style of previous recordings while also having a more up to date approach to the genre, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Paul Chain and if you are a fan of traditional and occult doom metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Roses Of Winter" "Three Water" "Static End" and "Sepulchral Life". 8 out of 10.