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T.O.C. (formerly known as Throne of Chaos) were a metal band from Espoo, Finland formed in the mid nineties by Taneli Kiljunen (guitar, vocals), Snake Laitinen (drums), Joiku Harmaja (guitar), Carl Sjöblom (keyboards) and Rasmus Nora (bass).

They released two demos "Equilibrium" and "Fata Morgana" before being picked up by Spikefarm. Spikefarm released the band's debut album "Menace and Prayer" in 1999. The label then decided to move the band from Spikefarm to Spinefarm Records.

During the recording of their second album "Pervertigo" Taneli Kiljunen damaged his vocals, so the band brought in two session vocalists Nilas Isfeldt and Pasi Nykänen.

After being described as keyboard driven old school black metal, the band changed their name to T.O.C. and took a new musical approach. Tuomas Nieminen (vocals) joined the band and they released their third and last studio album "Loss Angeles" on InsideOut Records in 2003.

They disbanded in 2005.

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2.90 | 2 ratings
Menace And Prayer
2000
2.90 | 2 ratings
Pervertigo
2002
3.44 | 5 ratings
Loss Angeles
2003

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Fata Morgana
1997
3.00 | 1 ratings
Truth And Tragedy
2002

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 Loss Angeles by T.O.C. album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.44 | 5 ratings

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Loss Angeles
T.O.C. Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Loss Angeles is the third full-length studio album by Finnish progressive power metal act Throne of Chaos. Or actually T.O.C. as the group changed their name after being tired of being linked to melodic death metal. A music style they embraced on their debut album.

Loss Angeles sees the band further developing the power metal style they initiated on their second full-length studio album Pervertigo (2002) and adding a few more progressive ideas. The music is still mostly in the euro power metal style though and I actually struggle to find much progressive about their music but there are hints here and there. Youīll find thrash metal riffing here and there on the album too. I think Sonata Arctica is the closest Iīll come to a comparison ( well minus the thrashy riffing of course). The singing is mostly clean and new lead vocalist Tuomas Nieminen is a very skilled and powerful singer. He does pull out the tough guy raw vocals on occasion though. Most prominantly in the song Break-A-Neck. Thereby maintaining a small link to their Children of Bodom clone days.

The music on Loss Angeles is well executed in every way possible. The production is well sounding and professional, the compositions are well written and the musicianship is impeccable but T.O.C. still fail to captivate me. As said above not because the music isnīt professional and well played but because itīs not very innovative. Iīve simply heard this album hundreds of times before released under different artist names. Maybe itīs a hard critisism and some might even find it unfair, but when you are content with playing just about the same as everyone else who plays this style Iīm simply not impressed. As it is a professional album Iīll still have to hand out a 3 star rating, but with the reputation that Loss Angeles has I had expected much more than this.

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 Truth And Tragedy by T.O.C. album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Truth And Tragedy
T.O.C. Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
3 stars "Truth And Tragedy" is a single release by Finnish progressive power metal act Throne of Chaos. The single was released through Spikefarm Records in 2002. The title track is taken from the bandīs second full-length studio album "Pervertigo (2002)" and appears here in a slightly altered single edit version. The main attraction on most singles where the A-side is culled from a studio album is of course the B-side. In this case itīs a cover of Judas Priestīs "Night Crawler". Delivered here in a decent interpretation where Throne of Chaos adds their melodic power metal sound to the track. Nothing special but itīs pretty good. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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 Pervertigo by T.O.C. album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.90 | 2 ratings

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Pervertigo
T.O.C. Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars Pervertigo is the second full-length studio album by Finnish progressive power metal act Throne of Chaos. Their debut album Menace And Prayer (2000) was to my ears a Children of Bodom clone album so I was interested to hear if Throne of Chaos had developed their sound since the debut and hopefully created something a bit more unique.

To get it out of the way Pervertigo isnīt a Children of Bodom clone album even though there are many comparable elements. The music is melodic keyboard heavy, power metal with a few thrashy riffs here and there. The vocals are pre-dominantly clean and remind me a bit of Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica. There are a few growling vocals in some songs too though. The debut featured high quality musicianship, good production and professional songwriting and the same can definitely be said about Pervertigo. Iīll even add to the good things that the production is excellent on this album. Clean and powerful. What hasnīt changed since the debut and which is still my complaint about Throne of Chaos is that they donīt have a very unique style ( at least not on their first two albums) and if youīre looking for progressive elements youīre gonna have to look for a long time, because there arenīt any as far as I can hear. A 3 star rating is warranted. A good album, but not excellent in my book.

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 Menace And Prayer by T.O.C. album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.90 | 2 ratings

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Menace And Prayer
T.O.C. Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Menace And Prayer" is the debut full-length studio album by Finnish death metal act Throne of Chaos. The album was released through Spikeform Records in 2000.

The music on "Menace And Prayer" is very melodic heavy metal/death metal in the vein of Children of Bodom. I will actually go as far as to say that the music on "Menace And Prayer" is almost a complete clone of Children of Bodomīs music. The vocals are raw/raspy, the music is dominated by melodic guitars and keyboard leads and the rythm section is close to power metal style playing. Being a clone donīt always mean that the music is bad though and in the case of the music on "Menace And Prayer" weīre treated with some really well written compositions, great musicianship and a powerful sound production. A very enjoyable album if you like the style.

Despite the obvious Children of Bodom influences in the music I will rate "Menace And Prayer" with a 3 star (60%) rating. Simply because the quality level is as high as it is. But donīt expect much else than a good clone of Children of Bodom and you wonīt be disappointed.

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 Loss Angeles by T.O.C. album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.44 | 5 ratings

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Loss Angeles
T.O.C. Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars T.O.C. or Throne of Chaos is now a disbanded band since 2005, but their music is still present in prog metal zone. This is a finish band who release three full lenght albums, this one Loss angels is the third one from 2003. From the first time I heared this album I was very pleasent surprised, the mixt bag of intristing ideas. Loss angels is their final album and is a prog metal release with many influences from post metal to a more power metal elements and even some thrash elements here and there. I have this album sine he was release in 2003 by Inside Out, and since than I played constantly, realy impressed by the vocalist Tuomas Nieminen, great voice capable to turn a weak piece into a great one.He's voice is from slow to more hursh if the mood needs it. The rest of the musicians are skillfull and that's shown in every piece from here. From fast riffs a la power metal and double bass pedals, Snake Laitinen tries and succed to make some spectacular moves on drums. The twin guitar players are great, creating some intristing chops and very delightfull moments on solos. All in all TOC did it with this album. Realy intristing stuff,desearve a better recognition, even if they are disbanded for a 4 years. I can't think to a band with siliar sound, maybe early In Flames albums but without that rough and hursh attitude. A real solid album, totaly unknown by many listners and they desearve much more. The best pieces are all, not a weak moment, here are two cover versions, one from Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water , who is here in this context more rapid and more heavier than the original but nontheless a great interpretation and my CD has as bonus track the second cover version - Judas Priest - Painkiller, well, here we have all we need from TOC, this piece fits like a glove in their sound, brilliant played. Finaly I will give without hesitation 4 stars, quite unknow and underrated band, recommended, a pleasent surprise for me in the first place and still pleasent to listen today after 6 years from the first issue.

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