Once again, we have a band that can't be truly classified and for good reason. The Finns known as THRONE OF CHAOS take you on a journey where you will never know what to expect the next moment. You would only be a quarter way there if you blended Progressive with Thrash toss in some clean and very harsh Thrash vocals along with melody and straight up Metal.
"Johnny B. Dead's" opening riffs have some clean and melodic guitar riffs that would sound like IN FLAMES, but just as quick, they turn it around into a Thrash tune that would have you doing windmills till kingdom come. Then, just as rapidly, things mellow out and then clean vocals kick in for the chorus' and then we go back to the thrashing. Very unpredictable here.
Just this track alone here has about as much impact as Mike Tyson hitting you square in your face with one of his potent punches. The twin guitar interplay is quite awesome here. When you look at the cover, you have no idea what to expect. What throws things off even more is the bands look. Not that you should judge them based on their appearance, but when you see the inner booklet there are 5 guys dressed nicely with slick back hair and looking a bit rockabilly. This is a great way to throw everyone off here.
The title track once again sounds a bit like IN FLAMES, but then gets very progressive ala DREAM THEATER, but keeping true to their own sound. This is some intricate stuff here, but nonetheless, quite intriguing. The CD pretty much repeats it formula on each song except you don't know where and when they will insert their wacky notes. The band scrambles with your brain about as much as they do with their sound. It's cool!
A gem here. Unique and fun at the same time. Could be placed in the top ten for 2003 just for being different. (Online April 2, 2003)