Tales Of The Old - The Book Of Chaos

We end with the interesting and much appreciated "The First Exorcism", a fast piece with dark and malignant vocals intertwined with cleaner ones and with the choral parts, the musical parts are incandescent, a piece that succeeds in portraying what could have been the most sinister atmosphere of the Inquisition. A beautiful album, especially for the complex compositions, which may not be easy for some to follow, but which manage to give a very personal touch to the genre proposed.

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10/9/20224 min read

Band: Tales Of The Old

Title: The Book Of Chaos
Label: Pride & Joy Music

Release: September 17, 2021

Genre: Symphonic Power Metal

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Tracklist:

01. Heavens In War

02. Fallen Angels

03. Beware

04. Dark Witch

05. Let Your Hatred Be

06. Tortured Souls (instrumental)

07. The Book Of Chaos

08. Contract Of Blood

09. Broken Heart

10. The Invocation

11. The First Exorcism

Line-up:

Mike Tzanakis - keyboards

Bob Katsionis - guitar
Shadow - bass

Spectre - drums├╣

Classical Choir:

Christina Alexiou

Sofia Karvouna

Margarita Papadimitriou

Antonis Dimou

Alexandros Louziotis

Romanos Papadimitriou

After releasing their first self-produced demo "Beware" in 2010 and the EP "The Passageway From Hell To Earth" in 2012, featuring Bob Katsionis (ex-Firewind) on production, Tales Of The Old returned last year with a decidedly darker sound in the album "The Book Of Chaos", again featuring Bob Katsionis not only on production with Mike Tzanakis, but also as a special guest on guitar.

This Symphonic Dark Ambient Power Metal band from Greece, also Prog-oriented I might add, was founded in 2010 by keyboardist Mike Tzanakis, the main composer and arranger of their music. The influence of bands like Rhapsody, Nightwish, Therion is evident but not so obvious, in fact it is true that the imprint remains 'classic' but it is not without additional elements and sounds that enrich the album. Of course, the themes remain the initial imprint of this genre, the eternal battle between Good and Evil inspired by the darkest era, the Middle Ages, and truly interesting orchestrations.

There are many guests on this album, which, reading between the presentation notes, was a long and intense work, we find Shadow on bass and Spectre on drums; not only, as Guest Vocalists: Sakis Tolis, Fabio Lione, Fotis Benardo, Alexandros Louziotis, Christina Alexiou and Androniki Skoula, and of course a large group of singers who enrich the album with backing vocals.

In short, the presentation alone gives us a foretaste of a fine album, and indeed the opening track 'Heavens in War' welcomes us with a heavy dose of keyboard and clean vocals in the intro, which continue throughout the song. The intertwining of guitar and vocals is interesting, and the drums with a solemn tone manage to provide the backbone for a really intense piece with a crescendo ending.

More heavy is the following "Fallen Angels", here too we find choruses accompanying the single voice in a rise and fall of tones, keyboards that personally reminded me vaguely of Goblin's pieces in the best films of dario Argento, bass and drums are in perfect line with the song, no smears and no excesses that could ruin the song, the guitar is excellent and the atmosphere, though dark it may be, manages to be very airy.

With "Beware" we are catapulted into a power sound that envelops us in its sumptuousness, beautiful choruses that add colour to a song that knows how to be dark and epic.

Intro of piano and male vocals for "Dark Witch", in my opinion one of the best tracks, which manages to mix power and symphonic in dark and bright mutations, especially thanks to the female voice; excellent sound and phenomenal guitar.

Guitar and piano in the intro of the power "Let Your Hatred Be", for a moment I thought it was a ballad and I was wrong because this song is solemn, inclined to symphonic power, beautiful melody and the drums that also here manage to be an important part of the song.

As beautiful as all the vocals are on this album, "Tortured Souls" is one of the tracks I appreciate the most, maybe it's my dark side that emerges from time to time, but as short as it is, "Tortured Souls" fascinates with a more ambient vision of the band, with dark lyrics and howls and bells, sinisterly beautiful. 
Beyond what may be your musical tastes, you should listen to 'The Book Of Chaos' precisely for the intriguing proposal found in the composition of some of the pieces.

Let's move on to the title track "The Book Of Chaos", here too we find epic and power sounds, a very melodic piece, more harmonious than the tracks we've heard so far, the rough guitar gives the necessary grit to give the right roughness to a piece that although very beautiful, is nevertheless different from the tracks I appreciate the most, and there are many.

"Invocation" is one of my favourite tracks, a piece in which we find the solemnity and power that I prefer, the vocal that reaches the limits of grohl one would not expect and instead fits perfectly with the sound of the song so dark and rough, "Invocation" manages to embody that dark but fascinating medieval setting.

"Broken Heart" is slow in its introduction but deviates little from the continuation of the song as the rhythm remains balanced except for a change of tempo at some points with guitar and drums adding a heavier touch, nice also the bass that manages to stand out.

We end with the interesting and much appreciated "The First Exorcism", a fast piece with dark and malignant vocals intertwined with cleaner ones and with the choral parts, the musical parts are incandescent, a piece that succeeds in portraying what could have been the most sinister atmosphere of the Inquisition.

A beautiful album, especially for the complex compositions, which may not be easy for some to follow, but which manage to give a very personal touch to the genre proposed.

Valeria Campagnale

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