Released: 2012, Inner Wound
As much as we try here at Metal-Rules.com, it is hard to review every big album within the calendar year. Just when I think I have got a good percentage of the albums covered, more pop up! Looking back, there were seven releases from 2012 that we should have covered in 2012. Black Majesty, Devil’s Train, Nightmare, Obsession, Paradox, Perzonal War and Trail Of Murder. Better late than never. Enjoy my mini 2012 Backlog Reviews feature!
It was six long years ago that CARNIVAL OF LIES came out and I was beginning to fear that the reactivation of the band might have been short-lived. In the six years the band have moved over to the Inner Wound label. They also have recruited B.J. Zampa to fill the drum slot and considering Zampa is more known for his melodic hard rock pedigree (House of Lords, Thunderhead ) he does a hell of as job here. He worked with Vescara in MVP so I guess it was a good fit. Now that Jay Mezias is not on the drums Mike Vescara is the only original member left.
ORDER OF CHAOS is the bands fourth full-length since forming in 1983 so they are really not all that productive but every album is a gem. The band continue to maintain the sound that they helped define; namely US Power Metal. The quintet have presented 10 songs that run about 45 minutes, short and sweet, ten killer cuts of classic Metal. Vescara sounds as good as ever, his voice never seems to age. The band melds harmony and melody with crunchy riffs and thundering drums to make a sound that is both familiar and comfortable and exciting all sat the same time. They haven’t really veered from their formula, rather than experimenting they focus on good songs, strong choruses, good central riffs to anchor the songs. There are just little hints of acoustic guitar as heard on the intro to the slower cut, ‘When The Smoke Clears’ but other than that there is pretty much just straight ahead Metal.
I know many bands that put out comeback material after a long break in their career they inevitably say something like, ‘This is the best album of our career’. While I understand the bands enthusiasm for their new material, in my experience the fans generally aren’t as thrilled. In this case, I do think ORDER OF CHAOS is the best album in the bands career. While I love SCARRED FOR LIFE and METHODS OF MADNESS (I grew up listening to those albums as a teenager in the 80’s), ORDER OF CHAOS is just a superior album. It’s faster, heavier, the production is better and the songs are better. I know old Obsession fans may not agree but this album is a career highlight.