Kaos Rising - _Wiped Away_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
If I had to lump independent Illinois act Kaos Rising into a grouping of bands who they sound like, I'd have to say Soulfly and/or Skinlab, though with a real brutal death metal stomp to things. Now some may be cringing at that comparison, but this is 2001 and bands like Soulfly and Skinlab can easily be pinpointed as bands that really help establish a solid hardcore/metal groove in metal music. And while those bands are no doubt influences, it is good to see Kaos Rising taking a few bars of inspiration from the classic brutal death metal sound. The combination of both styles helps reinforce their attack, a menacing flow of sinister vocal cries and thick guitar riffs that slash 'n' mash the listener. Kaos Rising are good at what they do, and it is quite obvious they put a lot of work into their band, but I'm hoping they can find a style/sound that they can call their own. I can see some metal fans out there that might listen to their sound and say it has been done before. Let's hope it doesn't come to that with their music in the future. Choice cut: "Pieced Through".

Contact: P.O. Box 375, Monea, IL 60449, USA

(article published 13/5/2001)

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