Release DetailsLABEL Century Media
RELEASED ON 2/25/2003
Throne of Chaos
posted on 2/2003 By:
Throne of Chaos combine several styles of metal into a fluid album that sounds very good. They integrate a modern black metal with a more 80's style along the likes of Vinnie Moore and other clinic worthy musicians in the melodic rock/metal category. The music successfully combines power, and a fair amount of darkness, with melodic progressions and a more rock orientated approach. The playing is tight and well written. I did find some of the song writing a bit on the light and painfully reminiscent side, but these guys are good and deserve a listen. The vocals are dynamic and appropriate without getting too overboard. The vocals range from a Kreator style, but with more expression, to a Dream Theater smoothness and pitch. So...there's a little bit of glam thrown in, but it works well enough and half the time the vocals are absolutely ideal for the music. Other vocal styles are dispersed on the album and add constrast. The album features keyboards and does a good job at supporting the feel conveyed. It's hard to imagine the band without keys actually. I heard some nice bass lines on this album as well and found myself mostly satisfied with the album. This one had my attention until the very end. Of course the drums and guitars did a great job. Both had a focused and proficient sound. There's nothing super heavy here and the album gets less heavy as you roll through it, but I think it's an excellent effort. Everything blends very well and it sounds like great care was taken in the production from start to finish. Every instrument sounds of high quality and it's hard for me to imagine this album sounding much better then how it does. It might be a little glossy/polished sounding, but hell...I'm not complaining. Overall, a great album that is equally focused on the rock side of things, but they do it very well. Overall, I yearned for less glam and fluff, but still thought the album was very respectible.
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