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Review: Chinchilla - Take No Prisoners
Take No Prisoners

Label: Armageddon Music
Year released: 2004
Duration: 43:21
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 22, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Take No Prisoners

Rated 2.63/5 (52.5%) (8 Votes)

Fifth and it seems final album here from Chinchilla, one of Germany's better and more consistent metal units. I remember a few raised eyebrows back in 2004 when this saw the light of day, and even now that awful artwork haunts me. Yet despite cutting their hair and sticking themselves on the cover, Chinchilla didn't sell out with Take No Prisoners; in fact they scaled their sound down to a level they hadn't since Madness, their primitive sophomore effort.

Bursting out of the stacks with "The Almighty Power", we can all hear Chinchilla mean business, and this is one of those songs that just forces you up off your ass and has you headbanging within seconds. Complete with a slick riff and a catchy chorus, this is the type of thing we all wish Iron Maiden could still do, and it gets us off to a running start. "Death Is A Grand Leveler" keeps the pace up, delivering much in the same way as "War Machine" from The Last Millennium did, but as the album goes on the songs bleed into one another, and you forget the differences between them. The production is different from Madtropolis (the album preceding this), being warmer and less mechanical, though it still gives songs like "The Ripper" and "Money Talks" a professional shine. Vocalist Thomas Laasch performs with ease, and on the whole this is his best performance. In general the album doesn't have the impact of its predecessors, though it's not a bad album by any means; it's just the Chinchilla album I play the least.

Lord only knows if we'll see another record from these guys, but for now if you're after some catchy, fist-pumping Power Metal in the Edguy/Iron Maiden mould, you couldn't find a better way of spending forty-odd minutes.

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