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Descent Into Chaos
July 2005
Released: 2005, Century Media Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

I was a huge fan of this band’s 2003 debut album, SWEET VENGEANCE, going so far as to put it as my #1 album that year. Yep, Nightrage hit the metal scene like a nuclear bomb that year. Led by Greek guitarist Marios Iliopoulos and extreme vocal legend Tomas Lindberg, the band intensified and improved on Swedish melodic death metal in every way. Had At the Gates stayed around long enough to ratchet up the intensity of SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL, SWEET VENGEANCE might have been the result. Needless to say, I was excited to hear that the band would be releasing their next CD this year, but does it live up to such huge expectations?

Yes and no. Without doubt, DESCENT INTO CHAOS is a blistering, punishing slab of melodic death, full of speedy riffs and Lindberg’s trademark vocals. As expected, the crazily talented Gus. G. contributes some fiery guitar solos and is backed up more than capably by the revamped rhythm section. Also, the band branches out their sound a little bit, as can be heard on the brooding instrumental “Solus”. There are even some songs on here that are better than the debut (the catchy as hell “Poems” being one of them). Overall though, I can’t shake the certain heard-it-all-before feeling I get from this album. It’s almost like the band is coasting already, even though it’s only their second album.

Regardless, I can’t get enough of this band. I already know that this disc will chart highly on my Top 20 list for 2005, because Nightrage still has a powerful energy that can’t be denied. Despite any misgivings you have about melodic death metal, you can’t help but bang your head along with riff-monsters like “Omen” and the title track. If melo-death must still be played in 2005, let it be this damn good.
Track Listing

1) Being Nothing
2) Phantasma
3) Poems
4) Descent Into Chaos
5) Frozen
6) Drug
7) Silent Solitude
8) Omen
9) Release
10) Solus
11) Jubilant Cry
12) Reality vs. Truth


Tomas Lindberg: Vocals
Gus. G: Guitars
Marios Iliopoulos: Guitars
Henric Carlsson: Bass
Fotis Bernardo: Drums

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Descent Into Chaos
July 2005
Released: 2005, Century Media
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: MetalGeorge

Nightrage possessed all of the promise to become one of Melodic Death’s “next big thing”, but alas, all of the pedigree and talent in the world can’t seem to help these guys from sounding…well, like everyone else. Even vocalist-for-hire Tomas Lindberg’s trademark hollow tone can’t save these songs from themselves.

It’s not that this is bad music; it’s quite solid, in fact. It’s just that you’ve heard this a million times, and done just as well. It is the fact that there is just so much talent within the individual members, I expect a lot more than what I am getting here. Guitarists Marios Iliopoulos (Exhumation) and Gus G are riff/shred masters, and Fotis Bernardo drives the songs well enough with his tasteful drumming; it is the actual songwriting which proves to be Nightrage’s downfall.

The songs blend into each other with no standout attributes: they just ARE. By the time you’ve reached the halfway point, you’re already wondering when it’s going to end: there are no surprises to be had here whatsoever. The arrangements are filled with quintessential Swedish-styled chord progressions and key changes, it is everything you’ve come to expect, only not coming from WHO you expect.

On it’s own merit, DESCENT INTO CHAOS is a good album. It is catchy, melodic, and aggressive. If it were released by a new act, I would probably be touting them as “a band to watch out for”. The fact that this has been unearthed by true diehards of the scene is what makes it so puzzling. Is this ALL they can come up with, a rehashing of their past? I don’t get it. Sadly enough, I don't think anyone else will, either.
Track Listing

1. Being Nothing
2. Phantasma
3. Poems
4. Descent Into Chaos
5. Frozen
6. Drug
7. Silent Solitude
8. Omen
9. Release
10. Solus (instrumental)
11. Jubilant Cry
12. Reality vs. Truth


Tomas Lindberg-vocals
Marios Iliopoulos-guitars
Gus G.-guitars
Henric Carlsson-bass
Fotis Bernardo-drums



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