A year ago we released our Different album. To celebrate we now present you a drum play through video of the track “Or The Same!”
Disclaimer; video is shot of the first take, but that did not end up on the album. Still impressive to see Hans working his way through a track he hardly knows, with only a metronome and some guitars as reference…
First one is from Sea Of Tranquility, where writer Steven Reid hands it a 3.5/5 saying “Hopefully Different finds Chinawhite fighting fit and reinvigorated, because having to wait nine years between albums isn’t ideal. That said, it has been worth the wait”
Next up is Rock Hard (SK). Writer Erik Nadudvari shows his appreciation for the album with a 4/5 star review, saying “we have a vibrant new album with pounding guitars and dense bass, plus even more guitars and keyboards to enhance the mood of the entire collection”
Thank you Steven and Erik!
UK site Zeitgeist – the Rocker, had this to say about our album:
Another release from the men who never sleep. Yes, Peter Cox (not that one) and Phil Vincent have made another record to go with all their CranstoN / Forest Field endeavours.
Chinawhite, though, is all about the songs of Peter Cox. With all the vocals taken care of by Vincent and the drums coming from Praying Mantis man Hans in´t Zandt they’ve certainly put together a quality product. It’s mainly eighties styled melodic hard rock but they’ve also thrown in a few prog elements as well. It would be no surprise to find some mid-period Asia albums in the collection of Mr Cox.
They kick things off with one of the album highlights – ‘Kiss Of Fire’ – which is as hard rock as they get. The prog starts to arrive with ‘Hello To The World’ and from then on they mix and match as they please. When it works, it’s really enjoyable, although a couple of songs just miss. And just to reinforce the prog credentials the album closes with an eight minute instrumental. Hey! It’s my album and I’ll do what I like. A good one.
Thank you mr. H.!
First one from The Midlands Rocks (UK). Writer Brian McGowan uses words like vertiginous, ferocious, dreamy and rewarding, we think it is safe to say he liked it. Thank you Brian!
Writer Dmitry Epstein from DMME always has a great way with words so his review is not only positive, but also entertaining on other levels. Thank You Dmitry!
French Site Metal Integral also wrote a piece. And with 4.5 / 5 we could not be more happy! Here is the English translation:
CHINAWHITE is a Dutch group founded in 1987 and still includes three of its original members. Their music can be summed up in a rather melodic hard rock. The ensemble is pleasant to listen to, it is well sung, the guitars occupy the sound space (Money ), the sometimes powerful drum provides a solid rhythmic base ( Kiss Of Fire ). I am having a lot of difficulty to make a criticism. Even the ballad Hello To The World is doing its little trick …
But I think Differentwill struggle to stand out because too much of a classic on many aspects. Indeed, it is obvious that the style practiced here is for a specific audience, rather rooted in the 80s. I fear that this category of music lovers prefer alas to delve into their classics than to try to find a group little known, even if it has some assets. Hard reality … A correct album that will be too quickly stored for a long time …
Thank you Noctus, fingers crossed people do know where to find us 😉
In order to get the word out to more people, Rock Company have added the track Money to their YouTube playlist. Here it is:
Spanish magazine This Is Rock wrote about our album Different in their 170 edition. Our dear friend Rod Marenna provided an English translation:
In one way or another Chinawhite have been spinning since the late 80s and now decide to return with a proposal similar to that of the British Ten, varied and powerful hard rock executed with technique and flavour of NWOBHM as already predicted the initial “Kiss Of Fire “with some frenetic guitars,” Were I Stand “combines a raw main riff with crystal clear and catchy vocal harmonies. “Hello To The World” remembers Boston trying a single hit. “Money” is raw and “Eat It Raw” goes into progressive terrain, moving to solid hard rock with “It Means Nothing”. Despite being a good record, the cocktail mix don’t quite match well.
Well I do not mind being compared to Ten at all 😉
Swedish site Rock United, in the person of writer Urban, have posted an extensive and very positive view on our Different album. Great to see people getting it!
Besides the review, Urban also conducted an interview with Peter!
Read the review to find out why he calls it aggressive melodic symphonic 80s rock on steroids 🙂
To read what Peter had to say about the 15 questions, go here.
Just to show you cannot win them all, here a piece on German site musikreviews (9/15). Translation says:
As one of many Dutch bands of the mid-1980s Prog movement, CHINAWHITE have never been out there before when it comes to greater commercial success, but just like Egdon Heath, the group never went below a certain level, even if they never emancipate themselves could … which has valid reasons, as their current album demonstrates.
Even “Different” is despite its title an obvious role model almost slavishly modeled work that will satisfy all genre-hardliners, but should tear little more. The always slightly cool (we speak of British role models) and never overwhelming symphonic sound of the quartet comes despite staff riots in the squad (Drummer Hans is also parallel to about Praying Mantis) as a result of it – sometimes a little too portly, though but always consistent and without noticeable rashes up or down.
Produced by guitarist and keyboarder Peter Cox seem a bit antiquated and maybe that’s why they take over for themselves … at least if you belong to older seasons. The classification under “prog” is therefore to be enjoyed especially among explorers of new with great caution.
Ultimately, CHINAWHITE serve so-spirited minds who would rather have their music with surprises. This is consistent, pleasing trend-resistant and solid knit, but nothing more. As a tip-on for the ultra-conservative factions urge first ‘Light-Years To Heaven’, the no watering cloudy ‘Hello To The World’ and the affable final number ‘Thank You And Goodnight’ on.
CONCLUSION: If you want CHINAWHITE to be evil, you can call it a locally relevant Dinosaur Melodic “Prog” band, which rightfully never went beyond its Dutch horizon. Objectively, her new album is a slightly above average scene work with zero added value.
Ah well… 🙂
Thankfully the short review from Gabor from Strutter is a lot more positive with a 8.3 on a 10 scale!