"Forbidden Fruit" showcases a catchy spiraling power riff and could be an anthem for leather-clad midnight marauders. Tracks like "Queen of Hearts" and "Suicide King" are caked in the Seattle-imported sludge that made 1991 hard rock so enjoyable. But the steadfast reliance on convention can be grating, and the songwriting is formulaic. Transitions often clunk -- "Chasing Dragons" careens haphazardly from southern rock to power ballad to thrash. But with tight grooves and solos, Fast Chester is halfway there.
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