The Evolution Of Chaos review by Heathen

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  • Released: Jan 25, 2010
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (33 votes)
Heathen: The Evolution Of Chaos
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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.

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    Leather Sleeves
    silenthunter1 wrote: fpereira wrote: this is the best thrash album of 2009 That's funny since it came out in 2010.
    Actually, it did come out in 2009. It was released in Japan last December but just came out in Europe and North America recently adding proof to the notion that for whatever reason the Japanese always get stuff first.
    sebasla93
    Awesome album!!!!! This is the best album I`ve heard since Blood Mountain was released; good to know that Heathen are still as awesome as they were 20 years ago. P.S.: It`s not that heathen is that unknown. People who have made a research of Thrash Metal should know Heathen already, since it would be in the Top 10,no doubt about it
    SanJose
    My favorite band. Great release, not as great as Victims Of Deception or Breaking The Silence, but.. It's pretty hard to top those! Heathen kicks seriously ass. And also as stated, they are well-known among metal fans that are listening to metal that are not just the big bands, like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax etc.
    Jaded7
    blommen wrote: krvolok wrote: "because these guys are worthy of being the next Metallica or Slayer".Im sorry,but no,not in a hundred million years,I like the band,but Slayer is Slayer yeah and how could a band that started in basically the same period as slayer be next slayer? c'mon son!
    A) They actually did come out in the 80's. Nobody's really heard of them up til now, though. B) Just because a band is new, it can't be big? The Beatles were huge just a couple of years after they formed and got out of the Cavern.
    PathologistRepo
    this album is absolutly amazing!! i really dont like this review but im really gald to see that Heathen has hit the map. i came accross this album a month ago and was blown away. great technical thrash!
    BeetusMaster
    I've always thought that Heathen deserved more fans. They were excellent in Breaking the Silence and spectacular in Victims of Deception. The Evolution of Chaos is a great follow-up to tell us Heathen is still alive and well, and kicking ass for that matter!
    blommen
    krvolok wrote: "because these guys are worthy of being the next Metallica or Slayer".Im sorry,but no,not in a hundred million years,I like the band,but Slayer is Slayer
    yeah and how could a band that started in basically the same period as slayer be next slayer? c'mon son!
    krvolok
    "because these guys are worthy of being the next Metallica or Slayer ".Im sorry,but no,not in a hundred million years,I like the band,but Slayer is Slayer
    metallifreak77
    Great album, very talented thrashers, but sometimes becomes too proggy for anyone to truly label as "one of the greatest metal releases". It can be a bit predictable. That being said, I really enjoy this album, and yes they are underrated of course, but most true thrashers know of them!
    silenthunter1
    fpereira wrote: this is the best thrash album of 2009
    That's funny since it came out in 2010.
    the_heretic
    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.
    Heathen are well known in thrash communities. On topic, this album was good, but not great. Too long, and too many predictable harmonies.
    krvolok
    @Jaded7,no one said that they cant be big,they just cant be as big or bigger than Slayer,Im sorry but it is heresy to put Slayer and Metallica in the same context,Slayer among the many other great albums(ok Diabolus in Musica is shit) Reign In Blood,Slayer continued to play thrash after that(South of Heaven,Seasons In The Abbys,Divine Intervention) While Metallica hasnt made a thrash song,song! let alone album since ...and justice...,Death Magnetic just another slap on the face for proper thrash fans,and yet another grave defiling album from Lars-and-the-Gang The Metallica fanboys can spin it however they want it but Slayer is thE thrash band and thE metal band of all time