It’s hard to believe that this album is ten years old it is a classic and sounds even better remastered, cleaner, polished but still with the rawness and power that it had when released in 2009.
From the intro to the last notes of “Silent Nothingness” it is an absolute belter with the added bonus of “Seasons In Purgatory”, a track written by bassist Jon Torres which never made the original but has been added here as a tribute to him. “Dying Season” just rips from start to finish with Dave White giving it loads snarling his way through the track, what a way to open an album crushing riffs, manic drumming and just when you think it’s all over a cool solo is thrown in to leave you begging for more. And more is exactly what you get with “Control By Chaos”, a nice easy intro leads to face-melting riffs chugging along nicely to the beat of the drums that are just unrelenting and White’s vocals are just amazing with guitar solos left and right, you couldn’t ask for more.
“No Stone Unturned” is a bruiser, harder and heavier with more of an edge; White channels his inner Dickinson to give a monster performance. Melodic solos give way to grinding riffs before it breaks down to a mellow instrumental before the grind resumes and leads into a frantic finish an lá “One”. With “Arrows Of Agony” you are blasted with a full-on sonic attack, a hundred miles an hour with pounding drums, riff-heavy and a buzzing bassline, this has a John Bush Anthrax era feel off it and it is amazing. “Fade Away” picks up from where “Arrows Of Agony” left off, with a snarlier attitude and a faster tempo that leads to a cracking solo, a simply brilliant track. “A Hero’s Welcome” is an homage to the US Army and is a bit of a curveball compared to the rest of the tracks on the album. It starts out acoustic with softly sung lyrics before it breaks down and rages big time with thick riffs and bass lines, midway in it slows down for a spoken word piece that then kicks into an absolutely savage solo which runs into the harmonic outro. “Undone” brings things back up to speed big time as the pace intensifies, back come the meaty riffs, pounding drums a ripping solo and snarling vocals.
“Bloodlust” has a real early days Testament feel to it, a million miles an hour in your face you just can’t beat it, a real thrash rager. While “Red Tears Of Disgrace” starts out like it may be a ballad but that is quickly put to bed as it explodes into life, chugging guitars, hammering drums and White absolutely killing it on vocals, all that and a monster solo that tapers off as the song comes to a close. “Seasons In Purgatory” is an all-new track, as mentioned above, that was added to the reissue as a tribute to former member Jon Torres. It is an instrumental of massive proportions full of machine-gun drums, slapping bass and shredding guitars, it is epic. “Silent Nothingness” closes out the album and is anything but! A speedster’s dream everything is at full tilt right from the off and it is a brilliant way to finish of a classic album.
If you have never heard of Heathen or maybe missed this the first time around, do yourselves massive favor and wrap your earholes around this, you will not be disappointed, Thrash as it should be!
Review By Conor
‘The Evolution of Chaos’ 10 Year Anniversary Reissue
Release Date: 31st January 2020
The remastered reissue features bonus track ‘Seasons of Purgatory’ and the DVD features a ‘Making of’ documentary and live concert.
Watch the album trailer here:
2. Dying Season
3. Control By Chaos
4. No Stone Unturned
5. Arrows Of Agony
6. Fade Away
7. A Hero’s Welcome
10. Red Tears Of Disgrace
11. Season In Purgatory (Bonus Track)
12. Silent Nothingness
The Making Of “The Evolution Of Chaos”
Live In Japan 2009
Dying Season – Directors Cut
Dying Season – HD
Dave White Vocals
Lee Altus Guitars
Kragen Lum Guitars
Jason Viebrooks Bass
Jon Dette Drums