Sea Of Tranquility

The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

TOC: Loss Angeles

Continuing in the tradition of the eclectic Pervertigo outing, TOC (formerly Throne Of Chaos) returns with a solid effort that comes close to pushing the band to the brink of wider acclaim. The Finnish collective hits head-on with the opening rocker "The Window," its follow-up the balladish "Mary Lou Is Dead" and the arena-ready "Acid Highway." Then there's the dark Queensryche-cum-King Crimson moment of "Gothamburg" (this writer's pick as the album's best track) and the almighty "Blue Lady," which opens with a guitar riff that'd make a young Eddie Van Halen sit up and take notice. So where does the album go south? Hard to say, though the At The Gates-ish racer "Break-A-Neck" seems a likely candidate. It's not that the band doesn't do that kind of, well, breakneck thrash up real good, it's that the track departs from the album's complex atmosphere at a seemingly inappropriate moment. Between that, a completely unnecessary and totally sophomoric take on "Smoke On The Water" and soggy-bottomed bonus track "Night Crawler," the album slides from great to really, really good. Stay tuned to these guys, though, they're onto something.

Track Listing:
1. The Window (4: 52)
2. Mary Lou Is Dead (5:23)
3. Acid Highway (5:11)
4. Gothamburg (6:03)
5. Blue Lady (5: 18)
6. Wait (3:49)
7. The Blue Lady Suite (1:24)
8. Break-A-Neck (2:58)
9. Bite The Bullet (6:42)
10. Smoke On The Water (2:35)
11. Night Crawler (5:40)
Total Time: 50:10

Added: June 7th 2004
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: More Information
Hits: 2523
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]


[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]

2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by