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Chain Of Flowers – Chain Of Flowers

Chain Of Flowers – Chain Of Flowers

★★★★

Chain Of Flowers – Chain Of Flowers

Chain Of Flowers might not have all the answers, but they know enough to drown out the questions.

Label: ALTER
Released: 16th October 2015

Rating: ★★★★

Recorded over four days and nights, then mixed and mastered over six months before being kept on hold, this debut has been a long time coming. Layers of chiming guitars, scuzzed up melodies, and potent rhythms power furiously and ceaselessly. It’s as deep as it is dark, as multifaceted as it is both savage and glistening.

Taking the turmoil of their day to day and raging against it in a whirlwind or reverb drenched refrains, Chain Of Flowers have forged a volatile escape from ever-shortening days and darkening nights. Tumultuous riffs are drawn out bolder than their proportion. Dynamic percussion thuds with a contained intensity. Vocals rise and soar with melancholic melody. In all its loud and lavish glory, the Cardiff trio’s self-titled first album is here to sweep through disillusion and present an evident structure through all chaos.

Nudging towards the same sense of calamity that its title suggests, ‘Crisis’ combines the sinister with the stable. Boasting a searing chorus, jangling refrains, and forceful intensity, ‘Death’s Got A Hold On Me’ showcases the group at their most addictively sprawling and engagingly rapturous. ‘Glimmers Of Joy’ takes on an almost Horrors-esque charm, dulcet verses and swirling guitars painting a picture as rich and shimmering as it is dark and disconcerting.

Throwing all they’ve got into nine minute closing track ‘Drained’, Chain Of Flowers take on the raw and resplendent. Repetitive vocal refrains, blazing guitar riffs, and stadium sized percussion depicts the band at their bravest, and rewardingly, also at their biggest.

With their anthems for the down and out, or the lost and confused, Chain Of Flowers might not have all the answers, but they know enough to drown out the questions and fears that daunt us. Jessica Goodman

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