Genre/Influences: Industrial-metal, industrial-rock.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Set up in 2004 as a trio, Finnish formation Kaos Krew saw new members joining in throughout the years. They released a few albums, but this new opus marks the ‘return’ of the band, releasing their first album in their homeland on Inverse Records.
Content: Kaos Krew always has mixed different influences, but the main sources of inspiration remain metal- and industrial music. The opening song totally reflects this offspring. But quite progressively the songs are becoming more metal-driven. You’ll hear harsh metallic guitar solo passages. Quite progressively the work is getting back to industrial, even featuring a kind of Halloween-like track (cf. “SS Helion”). Two songs remain instrumental edits, creating a kind of metal soundtrack style. The other songs feature harsh vocals driven by a grave timbre of voice.
+ + + : I’m more into the pure industrial-metal parts of the work and I especially recommend the debut song “Entropy – Black Door”. Another irresistible aspect of the work is the obscure and sometimes pure doom sphere recovering the songs. “Whiteout” and “Nobody’s Home” both are noticeable cuts illustrating this approach.
– – – : I had some reservations reviewing this album or not. It definitely sounds pretty metal-like and this is not exactly my cup of tea.
Conclusion: Kaos Krew is pure crossover, which might be an opportunity to conquer a wider audience or at least people liking different music genres.
Best songs: “Entropy – Black Door”, “SS Helion”, “Nobody’s Home”.