01. New Reality 02. Reflected 03. November 1987 04. The Black Ascension 05. Will You Follow 06. Safe World 07. Common Price 08. Armored Man 09. Relativity
Recorded: Drop Hammer Studios/Sound Track Studios/South Curve Studios, Finland 2009
Label: Full Metal Music
Total Running Time: 48:19
You can really hear The Chant live in a Nordic country where it freezes most of the time. Shimmers of dark winter melancholy and flashes of the calming warmth of a fireplace keep seeping into these songs from all sides. This is music made to move you.
Using glossy and straightforward rock music with some metal hiccups, The Chant easily finds the gateway into suomi metal. Catchy rock hooks are woven together by soothing guitar lines and compelling piano parts. In that event, This Is The World We Know - an album dealing with mental isolation btw - fosters a special kind of atmosphere that is tranquil as well as dolorous.
The real icing on the cake though, is the ever soulful voice of Ilpo Paasela; a voice that almost literally pours melancholy. His somber vocals are mostly clean, without ever sounding whiny, at times backed up with some blistering screams. Paasela 's warm and strong vocals couldn't be more fitting for this kind of mellow music, giving the album even more depth and vigor.
The Chant is perhaps still a little too radio rock-driven to come anywhere close to that acclaimed Ghost Brigade-like melancholic mood. Nonetheless This Is The World We Know rolls in as a good-to-great album with a clean and streamlined touch, that will undoubtedly turn a lot of heads, with its gloomy atmosphere warming the cockles of many hearts.