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LOSS ANGELES

T.O.C.

 

Progressive Metal

3.44 | 5 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars Loss Angeles is the third full-length studio album by Finnish progressive power metal act Throne of Chaos. Or actually T.O.C. as the group changed their name after being tired of being linked to melodic death metal. A music style they embraced on their debut album.

Loss Angeles sees the band further developing the power metal style they initiated on their second full-length studio album Pervertigo (2002) and adding a few more progressive ideas. The music is still mostly in the euro power metal style though and I actually struggle to find much progressive about their music but there are hints here and there. Youll find thrash metal riffing here and there on the album too. I think Sonata Arctica is the closest Ill come to a comparison ( well minus the thrashy riffing of course). The singing is mostly clean and new lead vocalist Tuomas Nieminen is a very skilled and powerful singer. He does pull out the tough guy raw vocals on occasion though. Most prominantly in the song Break-A-Neck. Thereby maintaining a small link to their Children of Bodom clone days.

The music on Loss Angeles is well executed in every way possible. The production is well sounding and professional, the compositions are well written and the musicianship is impeccable but T.O.C. still fail to captivate me. As said above not because the music isnt professional and well played but because its not very innovative. Ive simply heard this album hundreds of times before released under different artist names. Maybe its a hard critisism and some might even find it unfair, but when you are content with playing just about the same as everyone else who plays this style Im simply not impressed. As it is a professional album Ill still have to hand out a 3 star rating, but with the reputation that Loss Angeles has I had expected much more than this.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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