After a Middle Eastern tinged intro, Heathen kicks into thrash mode with “Dying Season.” David White is the band's vocalist, and in addition to the thrash style speaking vocals, is also able to croon melodically, which adds a NWOBHM vibe to some of the songs. “No Stone Unturned” is an epic 11 minute long track, with a really long instrumental section in the middle before the vocals resume near the end.
“Fade Away” is a standout, galloping along with a great groove and memorable riffs. “A Hero's Welcome” is an eclectic song that starts out acoustically before the electric guitars fire up. Things back off again with a spoken word section, and then there are a couple more ebbs and flows. “Red Tears Of Disgrace” begins like a power ballad with a catchy chorus, but then morphs into an all out thrasher.
At 70 minutes, Evolution Of Chaos feels a bit long, although when it's been nearly 20 years between releases I can understand why they would have a lot of material ready. Old school thrashers certainly remember Heathen from back in the day, but their return will garner them a whole new generation of fans.
(released February 16, 2010 on Mascot Records)