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   CHINCHILLA
Madtropolis
2003
Metal Blade
http://www.chinchilla.rocks.de


rating: 3/5

1. The Arise Of Madtropolis (intro)
2. Our Destiny
3. A Dance With The Devil
4. When The Sand Darkens The Sun
5. Entire World
6. Satellite
7. Heavy Metal
8. Headless Fools
9. Turn Around The Magic Table
10. Money Rules Everything
11. Battle Of The World
12. Madtropolis
13. The Fall Of Madtropolis (outro)

"Madtropolis" is the fourth full length album by these German power metallers. Not having heard any of their previous work, it’s difficult to compare this one to the earlier works, but on "Madtropolis" Chinchilla are pretty much your typical true/power metal. The songs are straight forward heavy metal with unfortunately very few nuances. The singer Tobias Laasch sounds quite good. His voice is somewhat similar to both Ralf Scheepers and Tobias Sammet although his voice is huskier than Sammet’s. The production is surprisingly weak for such an experienced band. The guitars are ok but the synth sound is a bit odd. Unfortunately it sounds cheap and occasionally like it’s just been glued on the other instruments.

With an outcome like this I can't predict too much much success for Chinchilla in the already flooded power metal field. Still, Chinchilla prove that they have some ability left to write killer songs. Take the mid-paced semiballad "Satellite". It may be a bit cheesy, but damn the chorus works like a charm. The song just keeps on echoing in your head. "A Dance With The Devil" is also quite a nice one, in all its simplicity. "Money Rules Everything" puts a smile on your face and with "Satellite" it is one of those songs that clearly has a positive vibe to it. All in all the songs seem too much like they’re carved of the same formula. You can listen to the album numerous times and still there are songs that sound similar to each other and some that don't do even that. Repetition is the word I was looking for. A little more variation on the next album is what I'd want. Chinchilla has lots of good ideas but it seems like they haven't found a way to take full advantage of them. On their fourth album Chinchilla can't manage to offer anything that hasn't been heard before but also show that they have some potential to improve from this.

submitted by Aleksi 19.09.2003

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