"Years of Chains" (Dune Recordings; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Years of Chains," by Dune, out of Saudi Arabia, is a fascinating listening. The band often gets labeled as a thrash band and I hear elements of that here but not as much as I expected. Instead, the band offers rolling soundscapes of thick riffs, effective clean and growling vocals and songwriting that envelopes the listener both musically and lyrically.

The EP (there are only four tracks, with the longest clocking in at 5:07) begins with "Sieve," a track thatówhile certainly listenableódoesn't really start things off with a bang. Track 2, however, "Reject," more than makes up for it, being a lumbering monster with an atmospheric feel. "Insidious," track 3, continues that trend, with its heavy, pounding riffs and rhythm and emotional leads.  The final track, "Refuge," was my favorite, with its chugging guitars, machine gun rhythm and huge, raw vocals.

"Years of Chains" is recommended for those who like their thrash blended with a ton of other metal influences to create something just different enough to grab your attention and never let go of it.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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