Chaos Magic – Chaos Magic (Frontiers)
Genre: Symphonic Rock
Caterina Nix has it all to do. Female fronted symphonic metal might be enjoying a boom right now but the market has reached saturation point.
As a consequence newbies Chaos Magic have a battle on their hands. They’re no Nightwish, a weak imitation of Within Temptation and still some way short of challenging Delain. But that’s only half the problem.
Despite the input of seasoned veteran Timo Tolkki, too much of this lame self-titled debut leaves little hope of any lasting impression. Step away from Chaos Magic’s brand new album for a moment and it’s a stretch to recall the record’s more memorable moments.
Tolkki has filled every tune with typically grandiose arrangements and yet Nix has neither the experience nor the confidence to complement her mentor’s immersive music. One Drop Of Blood lacks one drop of emotion and Aled Jones could do a better job delivering the key lines within Please Don’t Tell Me.
In another band Nix might nail it. With Chaos Magic, chaos reigns. Simon Rushworth
RUSHONROCK RATED: 4/10 A Kind Of Magic