The Skinny: Careering into view like a raging typhoon, female-fronted Leeds-based Chasing Dragons are due to release their new record, Checkmate, on June 2nd via Trash Unreal Management. Produced, mixed and mastered by Lee Batiuk (Deaf Havana); it’s a sprawling beast that incorporates frenetic post-hardcore burst of penetrating guitars, thunderous vocals and a titan-esque rhythm section; all which entwine with moments of alt-metal, hard rock with a defining punk undercurrent.

Unafraid to step outside their realms of metal riffery, the beautiful “Prelude” opens with whispers and gently tip-toes showcasing vocalist Tank’s ability to lull you in, gain your trust and from there she softly directs you throughout the chaos that ensues around her. Thunder crashes, drums menacingly approach and the guitar marches along with an ill meaning intent before it launches you headlong into the full throttle rock of “Throw Down Your King”. It whips you on a journey fused with thick molten riffs dripping with an underlining harmony which then slips into a moment of soft melancholia – a blink of an eye and its gone and back into a juggernaut of ear-worming Avenged Sevenfold-esque hooks.

Checkmate Track Listing:

01. Prelude
02. Throw Down Your King
03. That’s Not Love
04. For the Sake of Murder
05. The Last Defence
06. Broken Jaws

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