ASHES OF CHAOS - EYE (Logic-Il Logic Records)
(Review by Sloof)
Rimini, Italy, seems to be threatened by a huge meteorite and the worldwide authorities decide to hide themselves in underground shelters to escape a sure extinction, without warning the rest of the population against the impending danger. That’s how the story of ‘Eye’ starts and if you want to read the whole lyric of this album, you can check them at the site of the record label: www.logicillogic.net/ashesofchaos_lyrics.html It is important to have an idea about the story of ‘Eye’ as you will undergo several development stages, which vary from demure and sedate (‘Mechanical Rage’) to hidden danger (‘Parallels’) and all what happens in between when the post-apocalyptic landscape reveals after the impact of the meteorite (‘Awake’).
This concept album is created by Ashes Of Chaos, a band totally out of the blue, but with a golden future ahead. They created a concept album and inspired by some of the greater names in the genre: Pain Of Salvation, Opeth, Symphony X, but at the same time they are also influenced by funk, jazz, classical music and much more. All these styles, are mixed together and ‘Eye’ is the final result. Reviewing an album of this measure isn’t the easiest job to do, but luckily, the music is so brilliant that my headphone is doing overtime. The power of this band is simple: there is not 1 moment that you will know what is going to happen. It can all change within a second: heavy can become sober, reserved parts can switch into a lightning bolt, melody can become delusion, caddishness turns into whispers…
The first song is a bull’s eye from the start. ‘Ashes Of Chaos’ opens this album that takes 65 minutes and from the first listen, you will agree that there is going to happen a lot. The keyboard duels with the guitars, the pace is really great and in the first minute of this song, there happens so many things that you will be astonished. When the vocals of Alexios Ciancio drops in, you will hear a harsh voice with a brutal character. But before the second minute of this songs appears, you will hear a totally different voice. High, crystal clear, and melodic at the same time, so he’s doing an amazing achievement! Mike Crinella switches his guitar in a heavier mode and this song is accelerating again, to go totally over the top! We get twisted voices, a vocalist that switches into death grunting voice and numerous of things happen while the speed of the song is still increasing. Is this still normal??
My God, if this album is going to continue this way, it must end in my personal top 3 of 2013, magical! Perhaps, you have an idea that it’s all over the top, that too much is happening, but I have the idea that the arrangement of this ‘Ashes Of Chaos’ is so well done that everything falls into its form, every twist and turn is a logical step and there is not one second extravagance. ‘Falling’ continues with a nice riff, bass player Stefano Galasi joins in and drummer Francesco Gabrielli makes sure that the base of the song is pumping and heavy at the same time. Again we hear a lot of keyboards from their studio guest Giorgio Gori, who isn’t a permanent member of the band. The chorus line of ‘Falling’ has a little Metallica influence, but with the addition of keyboards, you get a different picture in the end. Compared with the first song, it’s above the average, but it doesn’t have the same impact. The whole story line is worked out to every detail, some songs take 10 minutes others 2, all depending on the occasion.
Ashes Of Chaos created a masterpiece that needs several listens, but this album is so immeasurable strong and varied that you will hear new elements each time you take an hour of your time. This is timeless, advanced and sophisticated and once again, Italy shows that they have brilliant bands, that preferable create unbounded musical madness.
My rating: 93 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish