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Released: 2001, Independent
Death metal from the streets. Kaos Rising makes no bones about the metal they play and neither should you. The band’s promo warns of “hardcore stomping death groove” and, in a wonderful change of pace from the usual promo b.s., that’s exactly what you get when WIPED AWAY starts to spin.
“Social Parasite” opens the disc and immediately lets you know that these guys won’t be grunting about blood, Satan, and puke, but about social issues. Slightly different for a death metal band, and cool. The song also keys you into the fact that the music is a bit different too. Mixed in with the churn is a kind of Skinlab/Machine Head groove that makes it just that much more accessible. Dunno if you consider that a good thing in your death metal, but I do (sometimes), and it sure as hell doesn’t take away from the heaviness of it. With all of the cookie-cutter death metal bands out there these days, it’s good to hear one trying something original.
The production on this disc isn’t exactly great as the drum sound is weak as hell, but for an independent disc it’s pretty good. Hopefully JetSpeed Records will give these guys a decent recording budget so they can really let their sound crush some skulls when the full-length comes out (later this year). The band is still not entirely grown up yet and they still do quote some pretty obvious death metal clichés, but for a first effort, this is some pretty stirring stuff.
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