TOC - LOSS ANGELES - INSIDEOUT
This band did not have much luck as Throne Of Chaos, but things might improve with the new name and direction. The Finnish band TOC is perhaps too diverse for some people, but its mixture of progressive metal (The Window), ballads (Mary Lou Is Dead) and heavy metal (Break-A-Neck) is quite well done. In each case, the gang produces the right dose of emotion and dexterity. The vocalist varies his voice in tandem with the music from high-pitched screams to aggressive growls. In this context, it will be interesting to see whether metal fans will warm up to a band which is so intent on mixing things up.
The CD also offers two cover versions, namely Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water and Judas Priest's Night Crawler. - Ali "The Metallian"