Don’t you miss the days of when hard rock bands sounded like a real band? No Auto-Tune, no outside songwriters, no B.S. – just the sound of a band rocking out in a live setting and letting the chips fall where they may. The newly launched 9 Chambers certainly remember those aforementioned glory days and prove it to the max on their self-titled debut. Beginning as a collaboration between hard rock veterans Greg Hampton (who has worked with the likes of Alice Cooper, Bootsy Collins, Lita Ford, and on recently unearthed Tommy Bolin recordings) and former Monster Magnet guitar guru Ed Mundell, along with Gov’t Mule virtuoso bassist Jorgen Carlsson and Black Sabbath / Dio / Heaven & Hell drummer Vinny Appice, the 9 Chambers rock’n’roll pedigree
is undoubtedly beyond impressive. And “9 Chambers” (the album) does not disappoint by any means, sounding pretty much smack dab in the middle of all of their combined past projects. This is heavy, organic stuff kids: 70’s influenced hard rock, stoner/groove elements, tight playing, lots of guitar weaving and no studio trickery, all with their front foot firmly planted in 2011. 9 Chambers (the
band) definitely have something on the go here that has been sadly missing from the rock’n’roll cannon for some time. Call it chops, call it songwriting, call it pure and uncompromised hard rock. Call it 9 Chambers!
One of the most rumoured and awaited albums for the end of this year by the heavy rock community.
The news of a new band, made of musicians coming from some of the best names of the heavy scene like Hampton and Mundell, together with members of Gov‘t Mule (a modern southern rock band) and none other than Dio‘s drummer who has played on some of the most important Black Sabbath releases ever including the recent Heaven And Hell records was certainly all you need to expect a heavy rock classic.
The record confirms all expectations. The acid and heavy sound of stoner rock, blended with a classic approach to songwriting and a modern and powerful production make this collection of songs a real experience for all rock fans who are missing the days of names like Alice in Chains, Kyuss and Soundgarden.
The spirit of the 60s and the 70s is present on all the songs. Some critics in the US have praised the record; with comparisons to early Purple or Sammy Hagar‘s Montrose, others have described 9 Chambers as the modern version of Sabbath...