|Review: Chaos Over Cosmos - II|
Year released: 2020
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: April 19, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
Third release, and another EP, for this interesting band. Really this is built on the songwriting and instrumental prowess of Polish musician Rafal Bowman in collaboration with Australian vocalist Joshua Ratcliff. Initially a more melodic band, this project has morphed more into a Melodic Death Metal band with Ratcliff's harsh vocal style.
As always, this revolves around Bowman's deft songwriting and sharp, inventive guitar work. He has a fast, razor-clean style that flies through melodic riffs and tasty solos with speed and enviable precision. Especially on tracks like "Worlds Apart" he rips out agile leads and riffs with blinding speed and yet keeps things completely sharp and clear. I even like the electronic sounds used here and there to accent the album; I think they add to the overall Cyberpunk/Sci-Fi atmosphere.
Ratcliff's vocal contributions are. . . okay. His harsh vocals sound weak, despite how processed they are, and his clean singing is decent, though again it is all but buried in effects. The vocals don't hurt the music, but a singer should do more than not hurt. The interplay between clean and harsh styles is done well, and seems like the right fit for this tight, intensely melodic music, but the vocal rhythms are not synched well, and so they sometimes sound like they are just transplanted from some other song.
Overall this shows Chaos Over Cosmos further evolving, defining what could be a really cool sound. A Melodic Death Metal band with SF themes and electronic sounds mixed in with tight, aggressive playing. I think if this band could get a really good vocalist, it could really go somewhere.
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