Released: 2007, Koch Records
Music cycles are horribly predictable. I mean, without ever hearing of the band before, I took one look at the name “Within Chaos” and KNEW that they were going to be metalcore. Low and behold, after listening to VIRULENT (the band’s second album), I was right.
Sadly I, like most people at this point, am completely sick of metalcore. These days it’s the single most overplayed and overhyped heavy music genre going. What’s more, the bands playing it have not advanced their sound at all – seriously, listen to VIRULENT and listen to any metalcore album from four years ago and you won’t be able to tell the difference. Of course, that’s not to say that Within Chaos are a terrible band or anything – they’re not – just utterly superfluous. I just can’t get excited about this stuff anymore.
I will say that Within Chaos is as good as any band plying this trade today. They’re musically competent and their sound is thankfully devoid of the emo-puss clean vocals; yes, even the choruses are screamed/growled which is a nice change of pace. At the end of the day though, there is not a single memorable riff or melody on this album.
Besides, is anyone really listening to this stuff anymore? The Hot Topic kids won’t like it ‘cause there’s no heart-on-sleeve “melodic” crooning. Metal heads will ignore it just because it’s metalcore. This is an album lost in time. My advice? Skip it.