Chaos from a Distance
Company: Mighty Music
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Hard to believe these Swedes are nearly 40-years old. The band splashed the scene in 1980 and signed with late NWOBHM label Ebony records for two albums, ‘Bringer of Evil’ in 1984 and ‘Revenge’ in 1986. After that solid start…well things got a little wishy-washy. The band took 17-years to release their third album, ‘Insane’. It proved to be a bit of a comeback for the group with two albums released in the 00’s and another in 2013. In my opinion, Syron Vanes have reached their peak of productivity with this new album, ‘Chaos from a Distance’. It arrives courtesy of Danish label Mighty Music. The record begins with solid opener “God of War”, a stead-fast mid-tempo anthem that has a bit of chugging rhythm. Second cut, “Angelchild”, is exactly what we want out of this band. It’s punchy and melodic hard rock with that expression of heaviness. It’s this sort of sweeping guitar-driven hook that allows the smooth vocals of Rimmy Hunter to envelope listeners. The album’s title track is sort of this hybrid of Fozzy meets Ozzy meets The New Black, complete with some down-tuned heaviness and pinch harmonics. Highlights are aplenty – check out the speedy gallop of “The Seventh Day”, the build-up of the nearly eight-minute “Trial by Spirit” or the rowdy “Ringside”. It’s 13 cuts and nearly a full hour of hard ‘n heavy perfection.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.