Review by JD on October 25, 2010.
Sweden and Heavy Metal. They go together like a thick and juicy steak with homemade Barbeque sauce and a cold beer or Rye and Coke over ice....they are just meant to be a team no matter what. Now that I have got the ball rolling in the right direction, I give to you the band called Circle Of Chaos.
Raw, melodic, heavy and unabashed that is what starts to describe this band. They remind me of quite a few bands out there. I hear the groove driven thing like Disturbed does, yet there is this weird concoction of Soulfly and Mudvein and even some elements of Canada’s Cancer Bats as well as having the power like Pantera and Megadeth as well. It is this sort of conglomeration of varying influences that when adding in the original factors the band brings to their music you get a band that most people need to take note of.
The only drawbacks is the too noticeably thin production values that run through the entire disk. The band seems that they might be way heavier than what they are portrayed on CD. I would love to see the album remastered with adding in the heaviness I suspect is there would push this band into another category that being awesome. Melodic, there are few that can match Circle Of Chaos’s they need to add in that aggressiveness that is hidden by the way it was recorded in the first place.
It is sad to think of this band coming this far, only to have their production team drop the ball yet that is what happened. It does not mean that this is a bad album. That is far from the reality. This is a pretty amazing release from a young band a better production team will be needed when the next album is set to be recorded. Enjoyable as it is, but the album does not live up to what talent the band has.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.3 out of 10