Kaosphere – Kaosphere

Rating: 2/5
Distributor/label URL: Sel-released
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kaosphere-Explicit/dp/B079ZJP45F/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520508658&sr=8-1&keywords=kaosphere
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/kaosphere666/

Band line-up:

Ricci Dyer – Vocals
Tane Jacob – Rhythm Guitar
Leon Friis – Bass Guitar
Tane Baylis – Lead Guitar
Liam McKay – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. The Beginning
2. Brothers In Arms
3. Slay
4. The Middle
5. Chokehold
6. Forsaken Shadows
7. The End

 

Review:

Kaosphere are a metal core band from Australia’s East Coast. Following their release of 2017’s ‘Forsaking Shadows’ and the touring of their region, the band are going to release their self-titled EP on 13 April, 2018. It is hard to label as it features groove sounds that most wouldn’t associate with their main genre, and it also explores more sedated styles. After it is available for purchase, the group will then tour the rest of their country and New Zealand with their exciting live performances.

This album starts off with your everyday, clean arpeggios and rough singing and just at the right time, the rest of the band kicks in with furious distorted guitars. However, mere seconds later those basic pedal tone riffs come in, kind of ruining everything. Yes, those riffs that have been overused since the mid 80s. There is almost no creativity whatsoever in those sections. Making matters worse are the following single tone machine gun rhythms that even non-fans of the genre are very familiar with. How much longer do we have to put up with such monotonous open string chugging? It’s been endemic for countless years, now. It’s not like Kaosphere are machine gunning in crazy polymetres or to complicated mathematical patterns based on pi. (Think for example ‘Pi’ by After The Burial). Instead the motifs are so standard they are nothing more than irritating.

That was a review of the first song. Are the later ones any better? Not often, at least when it comes to the rhythm sections. The guitar solos are musical highlights, in that they are reasonably skilled and not overindulgent (at least when compared to many other shredders), but they do little to change the group’s image of just another third-rate metal band with completely forgettable material. ‘Choke Hold’ does have a great moshing riff in it, but again it is far from unique. However, to be fair the way the song builds to its climax is well done and so are the range of textures. ‘Forsaken Shadows’ whilst also having little new about it, does have an appealing dark atmosphere created at times by a second guitarist playing another part. If only there wasn’t so much unison stuff going on, the music would have been greatly improved.

In conclusion this album isn’t worth buying or even really listening to. The soloing does separate Kaosphere at least a little bit from some other hardcore bands, but again if you want that kind of music with more advanced musicianship, there are plenty of other artists you can check out. Many of which are far more inventive on the whole. Furthermore, it’s not that listening to this music isn’t particularly interesting, it’s very often annoying and arguably worse than silence much of the time. Therefore, this stuff is far from a good start for someone interested in the genre. However, those out there who haven’t been listening to heavy metal for decades, obviously won’t find the music as tiresome as others.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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