CHASTAIN has been a force in Metal for over 30 years and CHASTAINIUM is the first album to chronicle the history of the band. 2 tracks from each of the last 8 albums showcases CHASTAIN's inventive and unique sound. The band originally put together by David T. Chastain and Mike Varney has created some of Metal's iconic moments.
Says band founder and guitarist David T. Chastain, "I thought it was time for a CHASTAIN 101 refresher course for the fans who have been following the band for many years and also an introduction course to the newer fans who may have only became acquainted with the band in 2013 with the second coming of vocalist Leather Leone and the rebirth of CHASTAIN."
"I went back over the last 8 albums that stretched some 30 years and picked 2 tracks from each for what I considered the best representation of that particular album. Most all of the tracks have been remastered. Some are completely new arrangements never heard before by the fans. Of course I am bias but I am also the band's biggest critic. But honestly I don't really think there is bad track on any CHASTAIN album so it was difficult to only pick 2 per album."
David continues: "I have been blessed to have had a lot of high quality musicians and 2 great vocalists in the band over the years so there is lot to be proud of considering many of the albums were recorded with pretty miniscule budgets and limited studio time. Of course the bottom line for me is: 'Was it an artistic success?' I think the consistency thru the years is quite apparent even with the evolution of different musicians and bands."
CHASTAIN's albums from this period include:
1987 The 7th of Never
1988 The Voice of the Cult
1990 For Those Who Dare
1995 Sick Society
1997 In Dementia
2004 In An Outrage
2013 Surrender To No One
2015 We Bleed Metal
David's final words on the release: "People are always asking me what is my favorite album or what are my favorite tracks and I can honestly report I really don't have a favorite album or favorite track. Each album and track conveys different things to me at different times so my answer today would probably be different next week. CHASTAINIUM is really a glimpse of where I was as a songwriter and the band was at that juncture in time. 'Would I like to remix some of the albums?' Of course a true perfectionist is NEVER happy. However all in all I think everyone involved should be proud and happy of their contributions on this album. It has been a hell of a journey!"