Matt Chanway: Album Review of Self-Titled release

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Reigning from Vancouver, BC, Matt Charway’s tasteful metal vision has paved way for another release featuring musicians from Jacob Craner, working on drum programming and Stewart Hidalgo on bass.  As well as being the lead guitarist for Assimilation,  Chanway is heavily influenced by Jeff Loomis, George Lynch and Greg Howe.

The purely instrumental mix of modern and old-school thrash is complemented by intelligent, yet crucifying leads.  Truly dark metal, in need of a distinct voice.  Although thrashy, there’s a dash of a metalcore taste.

Track Listing:

1. Evidence Of Arcane
 2. The Receiver of Wisdom 
3. Harbinger 
4. 271114 
5. Eyes in the Sky
6. Lucidity

“Through Evidence of Arcane” , already a strong sense of Dream Theater comes through the heavy riffery.  The drum programming seems to be set on “Infant Annihilator“.  Being purely instrumental there are no vocal connotations of any Satan worship, except for sounding evil as fuck, pardon my french.

“The Receiver of Wisdom” almost sounds as an extension of the starter track, but ends up continually altering itself in to heavier and heavier riffs. Sounding as a brutal soundtrack. Considering the drums are machines, they pull it off for the most part.

The third track, “Harbeinger”…rough yet audible riffs tear through piercings leads, the notes sound of Ozzys soul vibrations. The contrast of thrashy, low riffs and fast piercing leads create a perfect coming together of new school vs old school metal.


Furthering the brutal, yet mesmerizing sound, “271114”  has chugging riffs, fast drum beats and once again, those piercing leads. The ratio of verse, chorus, breakdown is heavily on the most latter as a standard outline, bleeding it out to the final pummeling outro.

“Eyes in the Sky” creates a strangely heavy ambiance for an instrumental metal track. Yet the thrash melodies of new school riffs vs old school piercing leads creates a rhythmic lullaby. This transcends in to a brutal breakdown. Chromatic scales up and down the neck seem basic, but keep a mysterious intricacy.

The final track “Lucidity” follows the pattern of intelligent and distinct leads of progressive metal with the chugging, yet melodic riffs of new thrash.  The energy packed song is abundant with technical talent.  Chanway carefully articulates haunting melodies to complement the chaotic yet pummingly organized riffs.