Reviewed By David Pearce
Artist – Beholder
Album – The Order Of Chaos
Label – Razorline Records Ltd
Year – 2013
1. Black Flag
2. Profit Of The Lie
3. Here I Stand
5. The Tale Of Eleanor Grey
6. Killing Machine
7. Morphine Serenity
9. Toxic Nation
10. Out Of The Ashes (Instrumental)
12. This Blackened Earth
Since Beholder’s initial release “The Awakening” in 2009 which was praised by both media and fans, the band has been relentlessly touring in both the UK, Europe and Scandinavia and building a healthy army of support from increasingly fervent metal fans worldwide. With the addition of Scott Taylor to the fold in 2011, as guitarist Simon Cliffe departed to focus on his own studio Commitments, the band has enjoyed praise for their live shows and in early 2012 they embarked on a project to cement the new sound and build an album with power, intensity and the honest Beholder vibe, yet retaining the aggressive melodies associated with the band.
Fiercely proud to be British yet disillusioned with much the Nation offers has meant anger, frustration and pure bloody fury has lyrically shaped this album as an all out attack! With undeniable hook lines, complexity and brutal delivery that will draw you in kicking and screaming as we again point scorn and derision at a world marked by massive inequalities of wealth and power. 12 blistering tracks featuring all the hall marks that make Beholder one of the UK’s most prized underground metal acts, THE ORDER OF CHAOS promises over 60 minutes of metal that will propel the band to a wider market. Whether it is politicians, bureaucrats, celebrity, media, war tyrants, plastic faced hags, those who have simply shaped the world or just a need for a flesh ripping zombie apocalypse fix, and all are thrown into the album. This is a must for fans of True Traditional Progressive Thrash Metal.
The First song on the album is Black Flag. It starts off with some spoken words with sirens in the distance, the song then breaks into a rip roaring riff that gets my heading nodding straight away with excitement. This continues through the rest of the song and it is a perfect way to start the album. The Second and Third songs are Profit Of The Lie and Here I Stand. Both of these songs are full of pounding power, which is just what you want in an album of this magnitude. The vocals on these are so full of power that you have to stand up and take notice. Also the lyrics are so full of passion, you can just hear it when Simon sings, he makes you believe every word. The guitar work on the songs are second to none, and Here I Stand is my favourite on the album by far. It has a quality chorus that has been stuck in my head since I first heard it. The lyrics are so meaningful and the way they have been delivered is absolutely awesome quality stuff. The riffs and solos in the song made me think just how good these guys really are.
The Fourth song is Splinter, it begins with sounds like a doctor talking about giving a woman a face lift, then the song breaks into a quality style metal riff with pounding drums. The vocals kick in, telling the story of the having a face lift and the horror and pain that come with it. I must say it is a quality song describing what does happen, together with the guitars and the drums pounding out the beat, which go so well together, making the perfect sound for the album.
The Fifth and Sixth songs on the album are The Tale Of Eleanor Grey and Killing Machine. The song The Tale Of Eleanor Grey starts off slower than the other songs. Also, the vocals at the start are a lot lower than normal, but this gives the song the eeriness. Then it does go back to the high tempo that the album is built on, with some quality riffs and solos that will blow your mind. Killing Machine starts off with a fast upbeat tempo and the guitars shredding out a top quality fast riff. The vocals are again in top form on this song, hard and full of passion you just cannot ignore, you have to listen to them. The song has some high quality fast drumbeats on them as well, which just blow me away. The Seventh and Eighth songs on the album are Morphine Serenity and Liar, both of these songs have some quality lyrics telling stories of the highest quality. Together with that, you have some absolute cracking guitar riffs that really do justice to the songs and the solos, they are outstanding technical pieces of work of the highest order indeed.
The Ninth song is Toxic Nation, it starts off slow with a little low guitar riff which then bursts into life, after a few tasters in between each section. This song has probably the highest tempo of all the songs so far on the album. But it fits the album so well, with the pounding drums smashing out the beat and the quality riffs that make you just want to get that old air guitar out and shred along with them. The vocals on this are again top quality.
The Tenth and Eleventh songs on the album are Out Of The Ashes (Instrumental) and Footprints. A nice surprise to the album was a top quality instrumental, full of passion. For me you don’t hear enough instrumentals on metal albums, so hear to one on this album was awesome, it fits the album perfectly. Then we go straight into a full-blown heavy song with Footprints. Again it has some really well done riffs and solos, Simon’s vocals are joy to behold, they are so passionate and when he sings you can just feel it.
The final song is This Blackened Earth, it starts off with a slow beautiful sounding guitar riff, which continues through the song for a couple of minutes then the tempo rises slightly. The vocals start off low and then they power into gear. This song has a lot of tempo changes: one minute it is slow, then it goes for a bit of power. It definitely keeps you on your toes, but it has been perfectly done. It has some real good intricate pieces of guitar work in it and it is the longest song on the album at 8:17, but it is a perfect ending to the album.
These guys are at the forefront of British heavy metal with this album. It is so powerful with its top quality solid guitar work and the vocals are strong and full of passion. It is one of the best albums I have heard this year so far, I think to beat this you have to go a long way because this has it all for me.
10 / 10
Simon Hall – Vocals
Scott Taylor – Guitar & BV’s
Martyn Blackwell – Guitar & BV’s
Si Fielding – Bass / BV’s
Chris Bentley – Drums
Physical copies of THE ORDER OF CHAOS will be available via Beholder own shopfront sites.
All the usual Digital Download sites will also apply.