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Chuck Norris Experiment: Right Between The Eyes

Celebrating a decade of decadence.

So, they all go by the first name of Chuck – albeit with kerazee surnames, such as The Ripper, Rooster and Dakota – and they play breakneck punk’n’roll in the style of Gluecifer, Bloodlights et al.

Over 10 years, Swedes CNE have obviously put a great deal of blood, sweat and other bodily fluids into their career thus far. But for all the energy spent on rip-snorting belters, they lack truly killer tunes.

Ironically, the two tracks that really stand out are If I Could I Would and Midnight Strangler because they’re relatively mid-paced, while everything else just blurs together. Nothing wrong with a bit of speed (just ask Lemmy), but not at the expense of worthwhile songs.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.