|Review: Behind Chaos - Behind The Sound Of Chaos|
|Behind The Sound Of Chaos|
Year released: 2001
Review online: May 3, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Behind The Sound Of Chaos
Behind Chaos hail from Italy and, thankfully, are not a Rhapsody clone! Their music is a mix of power, thrash and speed metal, with clean vocals. The power metal sound is in fact predominant here, but it's easy to hear the thrash/speed influences here and there. The first thing that struck me was when I saw the duration of the CD, close to 29 minutes - but there are only 3 songs! That's quite unusual for this genre of metal. The band however does a good job of keeping the interest of the listener for the duration of the song.
The mostly high pitched vocals reveal a somewhat strong accent that the singer should probably work on. He does a good job hitting the high notes, and his lower-pitched vocals are even better. A good start, but I think he could benefit from some lessons to better control his voice since at times it can get sort of shaky, which can get unnerving to the listener. The singer also tends to "overdo" the high-pitched vocals from time to time, pretty much burying the music - however this could be attributed to a production problem(?) I also noticed that sometimes the vocals do not "flow along" with the music, giving an impression of "stop and go". But overall, a decent effort and nothing that can't be fixed.
Musically, this is fast-paced and not too heavy and the overall feeling it leaves the listener is more towards positivism than aggressiveness, another indication of the predominance of the power metal sound. The guitar work is ok most of the time but feels a bit amateurish at times, and worst of all, right at the start of the first song of the CD, which give a bad first impression although things quickly get better. Still, there's a need to polish the playing. The drumming could be a bit better also.
Overall, this is a good demo which shows potential, but also that the band has some work to do to better themselves. Definitely not bad at all! A very strong point is the fact that despite the lengthy songs, they have the songwriting skills to keep this interesting. Another band to keep an eye on!
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