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Paul Chain Violet Theatre - In The Darkness [Minotauro - 2013]

Paul Chain Violet Theatre were one of the more distinctive & creative doom/rock/ metal bands to appear from the 1980’s European scene. The Italian project mixed together doom, dark psychedelic rock, death rock, and a few more experimental edges. In The Darkness is the debut full from 1986, and this is the 2013 cd reissue of the album.

This reissue comes in a card sleeve that recreates the original LP sleeve & artwork in mini- we get the CD it's self in a mini plastic slip sleeve, an inner paper sleeve, & fold out doubled sided inlay.


The album takes in eight tracks in all, and these run between the four to seven minute mark. Opening up the album we have a great early highlight in the shape of “Welcome To My Hell”. This  brings together a strutting & slightly wonky rock riff with sudden & unexpected moody synth rises- this is topped off with Mr Chains demented vocals; which shift between almost darkly punk croons,   whooping wails & screams, and horror rock off-kilter-ness. 

Other highlights include: “War” which is a urgent yet eerier  mix of church organ simmers,  single beeping synth tone, & odd sways of synth noise- this edged with an all–most shoe gaze like echoed male vocals, and these add a harmonic hook to the proceedings. 
“Grey Life” with it’s chugging punked metal  riffling, that’s topped off with Mr Chain’s vocals, which this time lurch from ghoulish bays & chatters, through to sudden shrieks & wheezy growls. With this track you can really hear hints of a more wayward black metal feel, and I could certainly see that this particular track( and a few others here) could have influenced  Mayhem when they created De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.


All in all this is a great full length debut which stays mainly with-in rock/doom/metal format, but managers to add in some of it’s own creative, and at times a-head-of-it’s time edges. And while this reissue doesn’t add in any extra/ unreleased material, the look & presentation of the mini LP reproduction is most effective. So if you’re after something from dark tinged rock/doom/metal side of things, which has creative & blackly quirky edges to it, then In The Darkness will well fit the bill.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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