Chaos Magic is an interesting new collaboration featuring the legendary Timo Tolkki with new Chilean up and coming vocalist Caterina Nix and put out by Frontiers Music. There is no question that Caterina’s vocals are exquisite as she is truly a gifted young vocalist, and of course Tolkki’s pedigree doesn’t need to really be rehashed here, the question is whether or not the two of them would have a professional chemistry to put out some really engaging music. The sound is very much similar to the likes of a Within Temptation or similar symphonic power metal that is completely focused on a female fronted band. With that said, the songs, though well-crafted lack a bit of the usual punch you would expect with Tolkki’s presence. They are beautiful and majestic but you can tell they were written for Caterina’s specific vocal style (which makes sense), but I haven’t been truly won over by her yet and the sound comes across a bit too poppy for my likings at times. Though it is still definitely worth checking out, and if you are a huge fan of female fronted symph-metal, this belongs in your collection.
Choice Tracks – Passionflow, One Drop Of Blood, Seraphim, A Little Too Late