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Chaos Magic - 2015 Chaos Magic



ARTIST: Chaos Magic
ALBUM: Chaos Magic
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 696
YEAR: 2015
SPONSOR: Frontiers Portal

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LINEUP: Caterina Nix - vocals * Timo Tolkki - guitar, bass, keyboards * Jami Huovinen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'm Alive * 02 Dangerous Game * 03 One Drop Of Blood * 04 Seraphim * 05 From The Stars * 06 A Little Too Late * 07 Passionflow * 08 Dead Memories * 09 Please Don't Tell Me * 10 Right Now * 11 The Point Of No Return

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WEBLINKS: www.tolkki.org


Background
Timo Tolkki has been involved in many projects over years, and Chaos Magic might be one of his better investments of time and effort. I'll admit, I'm no expert on the gothic metal sub-genre, but I've listened to a few which might get a review here at GDM. Bands like Unsun, Within Temptation, Delain etc. Joining Mr Tolkki is the rather fetching Caterina Nix, a South American native from Chile who it seems has been lauded some credit after her appearance on Tolkki's Avalon project. Listening to this, you can see where this is pitched. The motives of Frontiers appear cloudy, you'd be thinking they were cashing in on the goth/fantasy metal genre dominated by the likes of Nightwish and Within Temptation.. and you'd be right. The other recent album in this genre was the Kiske/Somerville pairing. Yesiree, there's money to made somewhere. Someone tell the Greeks, so they can get themselves out of their austerity nightmare!

The Songs
You'll have to listen to 'Chaos Magic' with a bit of regularity to get anything out of it. Don't expect to pick up rich nuggets upon first listen. Usually you can tell what you're gonna get based off the first track. In this case, 'I'm Alive' delivers that theory in spades. Slamming metal in the backdrop with Ms Nix's warbling over the top. There's the ebb/flow passages within, plus the soft and hard contrasts in both the music and the choral vocal arrangements. So too 'Dangerous Game', though it tends to be touchy feely with the verses, the choruses however are slam-dunk material. 'Seraphim' and 'From The Stars' feature some huge choral arrangements and take on the appearance of a space rock opera, though not in the same league as Ayreon or Star One. Likeable though. 'Passionflow' and 'Dead Memories' follow similar paths. Both coming from a ballad-based direction; the former has it's moments while the latter doesnt' have enough oomph to kick out of its slumber. And then there's the awful 'Please Don't Tell Me', which is utterly horrible. Who conspired to put this vocal equivalent of a wet tissue on here? Remove it. Thank god the last pairing of 'Right Now' and 'The Point Of No Return' redeem the album back to normality, giving the album a metallic edge to finish things up.


In Summary
I tried very hard to get into Timo Tolkki's Avalon album last year, but that was just too hard an ask. Chaos Magic is much more digestible I feel, and easier on the ear, though that 'Please Don't Tell Me' nonsense docked them a few points. And in Ms Nix's case - she's easy on the eye too! Yes, it's progressive, but leans more to the symphonic side of gothic, which is a winner in my book. There's a very definite market for this type of music, as concert attendances in Europe will attest to. Chaos Magic might have to rack up some more mileage points to get into the senses of the average goth metaller, but they are on their way now, so we'll see what happens. Watch with interest, especially the lovely Ms Nix.


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Comments
#1 | gdazegod on July 25 2015 10:58:39
She's a bit of a honey isn't she?
#2 | swazi on July 26 2015 19:55:34
Gulp!
 
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