Title: Chaos MagicLabel: Frontiers Records
Wikipedia description of Chaos Magic is defined by Wikipedia
as .. "A Post-modern magical tradition which emphasizes
the pragmatic use of belief systems and the creation of new
and unorthodox methods".
pretty well sums up what is the latest creation from former
Stratovarius guitarist and producer Timo Tolkki, who along
with the wonderful vocals of Caterina Nix of Chilean
metallers Aghonya, have produces a truly magical album.
familiar with Tolkki’s involvement in the Allen / Lande
and Avalon albums know the man has no qualms in expanding
the Symphonic and Power Metal genres, with his sometimes
experimental and more progressive and heavy guitar style.
album has all the makings of another Tolkki classic, with
Nix providing a wide range of vocals and Tolkki providing
all the instruments, except the drums which are handled by
get underway with the aptly entitled 'I’m Alive'. We
are soon privy to Nix’s majestic vocals and some soaring
guitar work from the Finn on
this massive slab of melodic symphonia. The gothic
tones of ‘Dangerous Games’ are next again, a smouldering
vocal dominates this one, then it's back to the meat and
bones Symphonic Rock stylings with ‘One Drop Of Blood’,
before a real Tolkki touch as he reaches into an album
electro metal feel 'Seraphim'.
There is a touch of the industrial about this one that makes
it stand out from the pack.
back to the more traditional Gothic Symphonic Metal cross
over for the massive 'From The Stars’, before bringing a
more majestic Melodic Metal tones for ‘A Little Too
album ebbs and flows between styles and genres as a listener
you're always on the edge not knowing what’s coming next
and what is next is a touch of Middle Eastern majesty in the
haunting ‘Passionflow’. You can almost see the
Kasbah in the distance on this one.
Memories’ is a haunting power - ballad that almost has a
Kate Bush feel about it, that is if Kate Bush did Symphonic
Metal. things get mixed up a Tolkki brings a subtle folk
pipe element into all out ballad ‘Please Don’t Tell
Me’ this is Nix at her vocal best as far as I’m
It's pedal to the Metal with the driven guitars of ‘Right Now’, before the album closes with another strong guitar driven slab of Melodic Power Metal in 'The Point of No Return', which wraps up a great album with the Finn once again casting a spell over the world of Symphonic Metal.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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