Monday, May 16, 2016

Chatterbox "(Despite)"

1994 Tooth & Nail Records
Produced By: J. Scott Albert

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Track Listings

Torque (4:25)
Empty (6:09)
Fallen (5:55)
Spine (5:13)
Internal (0:30)
Soulscum (4:26)
Divide (3:44)
External (3:49)
Epignosis (5:28)
Sunshine (11:13)


Jeff Bellew: Vocals, guitar, bass, samples, noise
Garrett Morgan: Additional guitars on Empty and Divide
Chris Reid: Additional guitars & bass on Sunshine; percussion
John Stewart: Backing vocals on Spine
Mark Salomon: Lead vocals on 2nd half of Epignosis; percussion
Pidgeon John: Percussion
Scott Albert: Additional guitars on Soulscum, backing vocals on Spine & Torque
Jack W. Bellew: Narrative on Fallen

This is one of the few 90's CDs in my library that I didn't pick up when it was relatively new. I remember the band and I'm sure I've got a track or two on some Tooth & Nail compilations somewhere, but the industrial metal genre just wasn't something I explored much in my youth. I recognize a lot of the names involved with this project, but I can't say I was necessarily a fan of similar projects like Circle of Dust or Brainchild.

I picked up this CD (along with a large stack of others) from a discount used book/music store called Edward McKay in Winston-Salem, NC while traveling for work. It was one of the first discs I popped in the CD player on the drive home and while I admire the talents involved in making this album, I'm just not sure this is for me or even if I'll include it in my music library.

While not a favorite album of mine, I do kinda enjoy the opening track, Torque. Perhaps I would enjoy the album more if there weren't any vocals. Maybe my musical tastes have changed as I've grown older, I'm not sure, however it seems as though this album is still held in high regard in some musical circles. I would say if you are a fan of industrial metal then check this out. At the time of this post I could only find one seller that had the CD for sale and they were located in Australia. No sold copies showed up on my search either so good luck tracking down a copy. I may end up parting with mine so if you are interested send me an e-mail and we'll talk.

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