Sound — 8
I guarantee that most people have never heard of Heathen. In fact, unless you watch the Metal Music Choice channel on Comcast Digital Radio or use popular Internet radio site Pandora.Com, you probably never will. And it's a shame too, because these guys are worthy of being the next Metallica or Slayer. The intro to this album is soft, but there is something ominous-sounding about it. It sounds like the first couple of seconds to Metallica's "Wherever I May Roam", but extended and eviler. The intro segues into the next track, "Dying Season". It is then that it hits you: this is Metallica's "Fight Fire With Fire" and Megadeth's "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due" reborn. "Control By Chaos", the third track, sounds if Iron Maiden combined with Slayer. The rest of the album plays exactly like that. The overall sound is brutal, ass-kicking, and will leave you bleeding on the floor...and make you want more, just like a good metal album should.
Lyrics — 9
It's a heavy metal album. Meaning you're going to hear poetic lyrics about death, war, heroes, villains, monsters, and all sorts of other things. They are cliche, but they do work, especially with the overall sound of this album. As for the lead singer's voice, it's absolutely perfect. It's a voice that sounds almost exactly like Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. It is definitely a relief for metalheads tired of hearing metalcore screaming from Shadows Fall or Killswitch Engage.
Overall Impression — 9
The Evolution Of Chaos is a true heavy metal album. Period. In fact, it's not only one of the great unknown metal albums, it might just be one of the great metal albums of the past couple of years. It combines all of the things we love about Sepultura, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden with a new, unapologetic sound. It's a truly epic album and a must-have for anybody wanting to hear some great new heavy metal that's not Avenged Sevenfold or Trivium.