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'Surrender To No One'
Release Date: 19th November 2013

Ian Sutherland

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David T Chastain is a Metal guitarist who was part of Mike Varney's Shrapnel Records roster of shredding guitar players in the early 80s.

While Chastain the man put out a bunch of project and solo records full of trademark Metal shredding guitar his most successful releases at the time were under Chastain as a band name where he played in an early form of power Metal band confining the shredding solos within song structures and fronted by the vocals of Leather Leone, a Californian woman who paved the way for the likes of Veronica Freeman of Benedictum with her powerful raw vocals.

Leone appeared on several albums (including 'Ruler Of The Wastelands', an undiscovered Metal classic in my opinion) then left after 1990s 'For Those Who Dare'. There have been occasional Chastain albums since hen with a different singer but the big news here is that Leather is back and this is Chastain as it was for the first time in 23 years!

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The press release says this is a band keeping one foot in the past and one in the present. That's kind of true as new drummer Stian Kristofferson (of Pagan's Mind and Firewind) gives the band a drive and energy slightly different to the old days but over all this album is pretty interchangeable with their 80s ouput.

The formula of heavy riffing guitars, pounding drums and wailing vocals interspersed with some guitar virtuoso solos combining melody and amazing technique is all there.

The same issues that I had with the band then are still there too, namely the songwriting. Inconsistent at best you play this album through and enjoy the vibe and the power but afterwards you can't remember any individual songs.

My ears prick up every time there's a guitar solo as David T Chastain really is a fabulous player and there are some great riffing moments such as at the start of 'Deep Down In The Darkness' but overall the material just needs to be stronger.

Verdict: If you are into modern acts like Benedictum and Kobra And The Lotus then I recommend you check this album out and see where this kind of Metal started.

This is good as a taster and introduction for Chastain's body of work but there are better albums in the back catalogue to check out.

I believe that some of the 80s albums are to be rereleased soon so I look forward to reacquainting myself with them.

Line up:
David T Chastain - guitars
Leather Leone - vocals
Mike Skimmerhorn - bass
Stian Kristofferson - drums


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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