Chord (Chicago): Phil Dole, Kyle Benjamin, Jason Hoffman, Trevor de Brauw.
Recording information: Studio Greg Studios, IL.
Chord's debut album benefits immediately from a several specific connections: i.e., released on the Neurot label, mastered by James Plotkin, the bandmembers' own membership in acts like Pelican and Unfortunaut. And it starts with a loud howl of drone feedback that isn't quite Skullflower, say, but isn't that far off either in intent (if not necessarily in end results). Living up to the band's name by exploring a single chord as described in the song title, "Am7" continues in that vein for the rest of its length, the first of four songs that take the now standard view that metal really can be anything you want it to be, and that anything can be metal in turn.