"Wiped Away" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Kaos Rising is a Chicago-based death metal band that has hardcore influences. Kaos Rising sound more original than most, if not all, of the death metal and death-core bands infiltrating the heavy music scenes these days. A measure of their growing success can be gained from their inclusion to playing the Midwest dates on the Fall 2002 tour with elite brutal death masters Pessimist.

I hear a lot of influences ranging from Machine Head to the more groove-oriented death metal bands that have become common in the late '90s and early '00s. The death-oriented vocals are more in line with the Six Feet Under camp than anything else I can think of while I'm listening to this demo. The band plays competently while utilizing a mid-paced death metal style that favors groove over sheer speedy aggression. For the most part Kaos Rising display their talents in economical style while keeping the tracks at reasonable length - the five tracks on this demo barely pass the 18 minute mark in total playing time. 

This 2000 demo didn't hit my desk until July 2002 but the band is still going strong. In March of 2002 Kaos Rising released "Welcome To The Violence" on Jet Speed Records.

The production is about average for a self-produced release. The mix is balanced with maybe only the bass and drums a little bit down in the mix.

Kaos Rising is Casey on vocals, Scot and Greg on guitars, Justin on bass, and Jason on drums.

For more information visit http://www.kaosrising.com/

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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