Released: 2010, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
KAOS, this 5-piece thrash/crossover band from California, USA, has been around a long time - since 1987 to be more precise. They have been releasing several demos and 3 full-length albums so far, of which their latest effort - titled THE PITS OF EXISTENCE, basically sums up the band´s both hardcore and metal roots in a pretty nice and effective way as a matter of speaking.
THE PITS OF EXISTENCE is a good record as a wholeness, I mean, if you have just ever liked a combination of both hardcore and thrash elements in your daily dose of music. The intensity of in-your-face thrash riffs, enough amount of variety, highly testosterone-filled and aggressive type of gang shout vocals, an unyielding attitude to rip our heads off our shoulders by the experience they have achieved for themselves within over 20 years – among other things, are all what make this new album worth checking out from these pioneers of hardcore-ish thrash, KAOS.
In fact, the KAOS camp has succeeded where many have so-called rookies and even pioneers, have failed somewhat badly when trying to capture the same energetic vibe and spirit of the 80s, convincingly enough into their own sound and releases. In KAOS´ latest effort, pretty much all the bullets hit their targets almost 75-80% accurately – not leaving that much for improvement and just managing to impress the hell out of many of us.
THE PITS OF EXISTENCE was self-released by the band members themselves. However, since this album contained some seriously taken kick-ass ingredients in it, I bet KAOS will be some record label´s burning point after the word about the goodness of this album has spread enough to the uncompromising ears of label owners.