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Kaos Among Us
(Oblivion Entertainment)

Having recorded two intense thrashing, yet generic demos back in the late 80s (just like EPIDEMIC, CONTEMPT, POTENTIAL THREAT, LAUGHING DEAD - this being the common point for that third wave of Bay Area acts), highly influenced by the likes of VIO-LENCE and EXODUS, they still never managed to get a record deal back then (another common point) and it's only recently since they have reformed that they managed to have two albums (including this new one) issued. It's 2003 and this once amazing Bay Area scene is trying its best to come back in the picture as the reformations of HEATHEN, ULYSSES SIREN, WARNING S.F., MORDRED (gone for another moniker), DEATH ANGEL, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE (well gone again, thanks to Rob Flynn), or KAOS prove, but so far only very few acts have proven that they could still deliver the goods. The ones who haven't changed their musical approach / sound a single bit in fact. Unfortunately KAOS belongs to the second category as they have injected a good dose of that actual fake aggressivity known as Nu Metal in their material, gone are those old ripping riffs that made Thrash so enjoyable, but the biggest low point are undoubtly the vocals being screamed, shouted or whatever and sounding just like most of the stuff around nowadays. Why making abstraction on those good old thrashing vocals that had such a big place in Thrash along with ripping / catchy riffing? It seems all those bands are ashamed to use those elements again preferring to opt for cold / boring vocal delivery and moshing / generic riffing. 'Open Your Past' or the title track are perfect examples of decent tunes, musically speaking, being ruined by the vocals. This said KAOS still pack more punch and manage to deliver a couple of good riffs from time to time than the likes of SLAYER and others fake bands. If you put this in perspective it's not that bad huh?! Now if those guys and others could remember the type of songwriting bands like EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, INSANITY, POSSESSED, VIO-LENCE used on their early albums then I'm sure they would be able to come up with the right stuff! Website: e-mail:

Laurent Ramadier

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