Album Reviews

Obsession – Order of Chaos Review

Released by: Inner Wound Recordings

Release Date: October 3, 2012

Genre: Heavy Metal



Line Up:

Michael Vescera [Animetal USA, ex Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen] – Vocals

BJ Zampa [ex Dokken, Yngwie Malmsteen, House of Lords] – Drums

Scott Boland [MVP] – Guitars

John Bruno [X Factor X] – Guitars

Chris Mccarvill [House of Lords, ex Dokken, Jeff Scott Soto] – Bass



01. Order of Chaos

02. Twist of the Knife

03. Forbidden Desire

04. When the Smoke Clears

05. License to Kill

06. Wages of Sin

07. Cold Day in Hell

08. Act of God

09. Mercy Killing

10. Dark Shadows


If you like things that are awesome then I’ve got just the thing for you. There was this band in the 80’s called Obsession that featured a singer who would later go on to front the legendary Japanese metal band Loudness (who I am crazy fanatical about) named Mike Vescera. I actually recall hearing Obsession getting air time on my local station a few Friday nights when they would do their metal shows. Vescera has played with other acts like Yngwie Malmsteen, Animetal, and many other projects, all of which were/are some of the best metal music you could ask for, yet Obsession was always my personal preference for him. And when they reunited in 2004 I was beyond ecstatic. Mike’s vocals are truly unique and are just as crisp as they ever were on the latest offering from Obsession. Inner Wound Recordings are proud to present the band’s latest release Order Of Chaos. This is their second since reforming, though Vescera is the only remaining original member of the band.

Despite the fact the line-up is totally different from the classic version; the music is just as good as their other albums. For some reason, this band has always been one of my absolute favorites over the years. Most of that has to do with Vescera’s brilliant vocals, but the songs are just as brilliant. Heavy, soaring riffs, catchy choruses, and an excellent balance of melody to set their sound apart from other bands is what makes me such a rabid fan of theirs. What I love about Order Of Chaos is that even though it remains faithful to their classic sound the songs are fresh and hold up nicely compared to what’s going on in the metal world these days. Tracks like “Twist Of The Knife,” “When The Smoke Clears,” “Wages Of Sin,” and “Cold Day In Hell” get me pumped up wanting to throw up the horns and bang my head. If you are a fan of the band from back in the day, or only are discovering them with this release or their last one Carnival Of Lies, then there’s no reason you wouldn’t enjoy this album.

Sometimes a classic band will go away and come back sounding so unlike what they were before it’s disappointing. Others return only to be a carbon copy of their past, which is good in some respects, but nothing exciting to write home about. A band like Obsession are able to maintain the sound and feel that made them so killer back in the day without being stale. I absolutely love their music and am damn glad to see them still doing it and doing it so well. This album will likely find its way into my top ten of 2012. I give it 9 out of 10.


Written by Chris

Ratings    Chris    9/10

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