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Rock, Rob - 2007 Garden Of Chaos

ARTIST: Rock, Rob
ALBUM: Garden Of Chaos
LABEL: AFM Records
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Rob Rock - lead vocals * Carl Johan Grimmark - guitars * Andreas Olsson - bass * Andreas Johansson - drums

Guest Musicians: Roy Z - guitars, percussions, bass, keyboards * Gus G, Bob Rossi, Peter Hallgren - guitars * Mistheria, Liza Rock - keyboards * Bobby Jarzombek - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Garden Of Chaos * 02 Satans Playground * 03 Saviors Call * 04 This Time Is The Last Time * 05 Only A Matter Of Time * 06 Spirit In The Sky * 07 Metal Breed * 08 Millernial Reign * 09 Unconditional * 10 Ode To Alexander



Rob Rock is one of those guys who we have featured here at GLORY-DAZE pretty consistently during the years. Whether as a member of a band or as part of his own solo projects, Rob delivers time and time again. And so he proves again with 2007's 'Garden Of Chaos'. It's been two years since his last release (2005's awesome 'Holy Hell'), the musical message is simple. Hard, fast and heavy - but with melody and a message. A lyrical message. It's true that Rob Rock has a certain Christian leaning with his message, but it doesn't detract from the music. In fact, he could best be described as a social commentator on current day events, and you could truly say that 'Garden Of Chaos' is an apt description of our times. Though we live in a time of 'plenty', and can use our knowledge to create benefits for mankind, we choose to use it in a destructive way. Thought provoking indeed, as you can see when you look at the album cover.. (9/11 anyone?). Rob continues to utilise band members from Swedish metallers Narnia and Divinefire - both bands with a similar Christian/metal intent. CJ Grimmark is well known to most metallers around the globe for his involvement with those aforementioned bands. He also produces the album too, and not forgetting he appeared on the 'Holy Hell' album as well. Rob's other past associates are not forgotten either. Rob has co-written seven tracks with guitarist Roy Z; the others written alongside Gus G (Firewind), CJ Grimmark, Bob Rossi and Liza Rock.

The Songs
Always a good clue as to how an album is gonna stack up is the opening cut. The title track 'Garden Of Chaos' delivers in spades. Keeping in mind my comments above, and you can see that Rob illustrates the situation perfectly. There are enough references within this song to know that all is not right here on Planet Earth. 'Satans Playground' takes our dilemma to a whole new pin-point focus on Islamic extremism. Though the protagonists might think they are doing 'right', no one wins in this war played out in Satan's playground. The message of 'Saviors Call' is to discover your calling in life, while 'This Time Is The Last Time' is a song about lost love believe it or not (and not the end of the world), we'll leave that topic for the next song 'Only A Matter Of Time' which is an apt description of the sorry decline of humanity, that we are on the verge of societal implosion and that redemption may not be far away for those that are ready. 'Spirit In The Sky' - could be best described as a song focused on looking upward for inspiration, and choosing to soar with the angels rather than dwell with the demons, whereas 'Metal Breed' is dedicated to those who continue to keep the faith. 'Millennial Reign' pounds away in unrelenting fashion, and has similar values to Aussies Black Majesty, with its non-stop guitar riffing and metronomically challenged drum-work. Unusual that Rob has chosen to finish off the album with two acoustic pieces. 'Unconditional' is a sweeping slice of melody with piano and acoustic guitars mainly. The album finishes with the smooth acoustic ballad 'Ode To Alexander', a tune dedicated to his recent family addition - son Alexander. A perfect way to wind down a power-metal extravaganza.

In Summary
Admittedly I don't listen to a lot of current-day metal these days. Perhaps I am getting too old for this game? However, Rob Rock is always an exception to this rule, because it is a style of metal that I can digest with ease, which is more than I can say for some other bands operating out there. Though the album is not overly long (standard time is just over 46 minutes), 'Garden Of Chaos' sounds 'big', retains melodic elements, and has enough 'whizz bang flash' to appeal to all the metalheads among you. I can see this album proving to be very popular, and it gets a global release through AFM (Europe), Candlelight (USA) and JVC Victor (Japan). With that sort of coverage there is no excuse not to seek this album out. The Rob Rock legacy continues onward and upward..

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