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Descent Into Chaos

Marios Iliopoulos
Gus G.
Henric Carlsson
Fotis Bernardo
Tomas Lindberg

Swedish melodic Death Metal sensation NIGHTRAGE return with yet another musical vengeance entitled Descent Into Chaos! After their furious debut inception with Sweet Vengeance in 2003, for which the band ranked worldwide praise by all aficionados of the true Gothenburg style of heaviness. That album also earned classy decorations like “Album of the Month” pick in Canadian magazine Brave Words or also a full score review in Germany’s Metal Hammer citing Sweet Vengeance as “a future classic and the first legitimate stylistic follow-up of At The Gates’ Slaughter Of The Soul”.

On the shoulders of the positive attention for Sweet Vengeance, NIGHTRAGE didn’t only commence working on the material for their second attack, but also saw the necessity to reassemble their line-up’s rhythm section to achieve a shape that would enable them to act like a proper band and perform live. The Haunted’s Per M. Jensen was solidly replaced by ex-Septic Flesh drummer Fotis Benardo (ex-Cradle Of Filth / Dimmu Borgir skinsman Nick Barker had filled in on their live-debut on a festival in Gothenburg) and for bassist Brice Leclercq (now with Dissection) the talented youngster Henric Carlsson (also in Cipher System) stepped in. The band’s core (which can be seen as a best of worlds between Greece and Sweden, really) nevertheless remained the same: leading force Marios Iliopoulos and his Greek countryman axe-partner Gus G. (ex-Dream Evil, also in Firewind) once more display intimidating composing teamwork flow and Tompa Lindberg (ex-At The Gates) adds the undisputed best extreme Metal vocals for a band of their style into the mix.

Descent Into Chaos presents NIGHTRAGE with an advanced, uncompromising and focused attitude, remaining faithful to their melodic Death Metal sound, but adding an even heavier edge on to this full throttle album without any lulls. Despite its heaviness, the album has a constant traditional Heavy Metal influence, which mostly shines through when Marios and Gus lock in battle, trading off merciless riffs and leads. Casual keyboards courtesy of Dream Evil’s Fredrik Nordström, a guest clean vocal appearance by Dark Tranquillity’s Mikael Stanne on the track “Frozen” and the dark instrumental piece “Solus” are additional atmospheric highlights to this all-quality delivery. Production-wise, Patrik J. Sten has captured some of the best sound ever to come out of the glorious halls of Gothenburg’s own Studio Fredman (Arch Enemy, In Flames, Opeth, etc.) and the outstanding artwork by Greek artist Set<'H> (Heaven Shall Burn, Rotting Christ, Caliban, etc.) are further highlights for Descent Into Chaos, designing the album to be a masterstroke for any supporter of melodic Death Metal. Does it possibly get any better than Descent Into Chaos? Hardly, we dare say…