Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Way better than the first...
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2015 Articles » Chaos Magic - 2015 Chaos Magic
 
Chaos Magic - 2015 Chaos Magic



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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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

RATING:

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.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Chaos Magic 
 
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!
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 100% [2 Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
 
Articles Cloud
Frontline - 2006 Circles, Amaranthe - 2011 Amaranthe, Giant - 1989 Last Of The Runaways, Spocks Beard - 1997 The Kindness Of Strangers, Savage - 1983 Loose N Lethal, Best Of 2016 - 2017 Danger Zone (Alun), Miss Behaviour - 2016 Ghost Play, Sojourn - 1985 Looking For More, Bolton, Michael - 1991 Time Love And Tenderness, Teaze - 1979 One Night Stands, Squier, Billy - 1980 Tale Of The Tape, Overland - 2008 Break Away, Faltskog, Agnetha - 1983 Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Dark Horse - 1981 Dark Horse, Derek And The Dominos - 1970 Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
Tags©
Accept Neuschwanstein Gambler Prophet David Lee Roth Cinema Face Black Majesty Thread Burns Sisters Kiss Comedy Of Errors Stryper On-Off Blue Cheer Angry Tears Talisman Rock Candy Records Tommy Shaw Squeezer FM (UK) Rock Candy Records Petra Dara Sedaka White Tiger Poets Of The Fall Liner Outside Edge Thin Lizzy PV Gene Cotton Blackjack (USA) Michael Bolton Nelson Nitro (#2)
All Tags
Search DDG