CHALICE OF SIN – Chalice Of Sin

CHALICE OF SIN - Chalice Of Sin
  • 7/10
    CHALICE OF SIN - Chalice Of Sin - 7/10


Frontiers Music
Release date: June 18, 2021

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10.0:         Cannot be improved! Perfect, instant classic! Essential in any record collection.
9.5 – 9.9:  Fantastic, spectacular and outstanding!
9.0 – 9.4:  Amazing release! It just lacks that little extra spice to make it perfect.
8.5 – 8.9:  Exceptional release! Will likely rank among top ten albums of the year.
8.0 – 8.4:  Great release! It has many different qualities.
7.5 – 7.9:  Above average! It is an enjoyable release.
7.0 – 7.4:  It is not brilliant, but has many strong points.
6.0 – 6.9:  It has its moments, but is not that strong.
5.0 – 5.9:  Slightly above average, does not stand out. Good outweighs bad by just a little.
4.0 – 4.9:  Just below average, bad outweighs good by just a little.
3.0 – 3.9:  Mediocre. There might be a song or a performance that is enjoyable, but that is it.
2.0 – 2.9:  Very weak! There might be a light at the end of the tunnel, too many flaws.
1.0 – 1.9:  This release gives the word “terrible” new meaning.
0.1 – 0.9:  Awful! Avoid at all cost. There is nothing good to say about this release.


User Review
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The Backstory

One-time Crimson Glory and Seven Witches vocalist Wade Black debuts his latest project Chalice of Sin.

[Listen to our Wade Black interview HERE]

The Album

The price of fame is high on the opening track “Chalice of Sin.” Vocalist Wade Black is impassioned in his delivery, while keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio adds extra tension with his pulsing tones. Black let’s the Heavy Metal wails flow on “Great Escape.” Mirkko De Maio’s double kicks are a formable match for Martin Jepsen Andersen’s guitar work. Chalice of Sin goes deep on the driving track “Miracle,” as the protagonist has felt enough darkness and needs a little light to shine through.

Black pivots from faith to organized religion on “Sacred Shrine.” Haunting keyboards and pounding drums dominate “Ashes of the Black Rose.” “I Stand” defends the rights of the defenseless, and Black’s emphasis makes it clear how much the subject means to him. “The Fight” explores the classic Medieval plight of the people vs. the King, with plenty of fervent energy. Wade gets a bit manacle on the revenge fantasy track “Nightmare.”

The Verdict

A dark journey of agony and triumph. Chalice of Sin has some deep and heavy tracks both lyrically and sonically. Within these songs, the band excels. The more simplistic tracks kind of falter in comparison. That’s not to say they’re not enjoyable, but they seem to be out of place. Black’s wails and Del Vecchio’s accenting keyboard work were made for each other. With Chalice of Sin, Wade Black official separates himself from his past work by creating a sound he can truly call his own. This is only a sip from the cup that’s sure to please the Metal masses when full.


1. Chalice Of Sin
2. Great Escare
3. Whisky
4. Miracle
5. Sacred Shrine
6. Ashes Of The Black Rose
7. Through The Eyes Of A Child
8. I Stand
9. The Show
10. The Fight
11. Nightmare

Chalice of Sin is

Wade Black – Vocals
Martin Jepsen Andersen – Guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Bass, Keyboards
Mirkko De Maio – Drums


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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