Chapter X is quite a straightforward album to describe in many ways – Tad Morose play a mix of heavy and power metal. It’s confidently delivered, professionally recorded, and full of the type of anthemic metal that’s pretty timeless.
The meat of this album is classic heavy metal, without frills or adornments. However, some of the latter is provided by the band’s power metal proclivities, with keyboards enhancing the band’s music on occasion. Melodic and catchy, there’s a lot to enjoy here.
The songs take in a variety of moods and paces across the album. It’s good that a decent amount of diversity has been included, (within the band’s established sound), as at over an hour in duration this is quite a lengthy listen. It largely manages to hold the listener’s attention, however, due to the amount of good songs it has.
I particularly like some of the stompingly good riffs that appear. The band’s performances are mainly energetic and passionate, and you can tell that they care about their metal.
The production is well-judged, and Chapter X benefits from a punchy, crisp sound. I like the drums especially, and the guitars are nicely thick too.
Although not perfect, overall Chapter X is a strong album, and definitely one of the more enjoyable classic metal albums that I’ve heard in a while.