Oh no, not another album where you can just look and the art and know exactly what it’s gonna sound like! Indeed, Chemical Way brought us their debut, a nice platter of crossover thrash in the summer of 2018 titled Chilling Spree; how clever. This disc is a straightforward glob of nasty thrash metal riffs with a nice side of high pitched yelling vocals that avoid falsettos for the most part. Factor in all of the punky attitudes and you’ll get your crossover fun, all packed into twelve short songs barely touching a half hour.
On the surface, you could say that Chilling Spree is just Municipal Waste worship, seeing that stylistically it’s nearly identical. That’s a good band to be compared to because numbers like “Beer Bot” and “Sewer Surfer” do a fantastic job of bringing the humor and keeping it aggressive simultaneously. The rhythms jump around the fretboard a lot, but in a manner so fast it becomes a lot to swallow at once. Thankfully, they also break into those slower, more melodic dance-infused bridges to allow the listener to catch their breath. This isn’t too atypical of this party-like breed of crossover.
What you need to consider is that Chemical Way rests a lot of weight on their short songs not requiring a long attention span. The un-originality and one-sidedness would bring Chilling Spree down if it were longer, but thankfully the brief run-time, along with the semi-witty lyrics, carry it. This album is an exemplar of how to not take yourself seriously and use ridiculous themes to your advantage.
When you get to the bottom of this, you almost feel the need to spin it again because of how fast it goes by (I know I did). It’s produced well and is a solid listen for anyone who’s into shredding, barbaric crossover hooks, and riffs for days. Grab your ripped jeans and sleeveless tees, go order your favorite local pizza and shitty beer, and hit play.
Chilling Spree came out on July 6th, 2018 can be found on Bandcamp in digital and physical formats; CDs are limited to 200 copies.
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