Obsession – “Order Of Chaos”

Obsession – “Order Of Chaos” (Inner Wound Recordings)

Classic power metal par excellence! Obsession is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 famed for starting the career of vocalist Michael Vescera. They first came to attention after appearing on Brian Slagel’s legendary Massacre 2 compilation and released two albums on Enigma before splitting at the end of the 80s. Vescera then went onto success firstly with Japan’s Loudness and finally with Yngwie Malmsteen for the next 15 years. In 2004 Obsession reformed due to demand from the ‘true’ metal scene and released “Carnival Of Lies” two years later. The follow up, “Order Of Chaos” was actually set to be released last year but Vescera went off again – this time to join Animetal USA together with Chris Impellitteri, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Travis – clearly a man in demand! Despite all this, Vescera has remained true to his roots of melding power melodies with blistering metal on songs like ‘Twist Of The Knife’, ‘Cold Day In Hell’ and ‘Act Of God’ with scant regard for a ballad: steroided power vocals, blazing power riffing, crazy out’ve control soloing and non stop double bass drumming – way ta go babaay!! “Order Of Chaos” reminds me of bands like Dokken and TKO at their heaviest and it comes as no surprise given Vescera has a couple of ex members of Don’s band in BJ Zampa and Chris McCarvill in his formidable line – all of whom demonstrate superior musicianship. Totally outstanding – definitely my highlight album of the year for this genre!!!

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