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Review: Kaoteon - Provenance Of Hatred
Provenance Of Hatred

Label: Unsung Heroes Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 13:13
Tracks: 3
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: May 3, 2004
Reviewed by: Chaossphere
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Imagine a world where even the act of listening to metal is ILLEGAL. Yeah, you heard me. This is the reality for Kaoteon, so it's not surprising that their own brand of music bleeds anger and frustration from every note. That's not to say this a mindless expression of rage though. Far from it, this 3-song demo is a very well constructed piece of controlled violence indeed. The riffs are mainly melodic speed-picking driven by a highly skilled drummer, often comparable to old-school Czech black metal masters like Maniac Butcher and early Root. This is all wrapped up in a clear, no-frills production job which eschews the "wall of reverb" sound so prevelant in much of todays black metal, in favour of crystalline rawness which leaves no aspect of the sound buried. There's no bass on the demo, but the sound is still remarkably full despite this.

Then there's the vocals... the singer employs a full range of harsh styles here, ranging all across the scale from an enraged shriek to a lower growl and back to a midrange snarl. All the while, the songs are incredibly catchy (particularly the beginning of Decreptitude and all of the title track), making this one of the more accessible demo recordings i've heard for a while. All things considered, Kaoteon have succeeded in producing a high quality recording for their first output, and while the songwriting still has a little way to go before it really kicks your face in, this is well worth tracking down (or just ordering directly from UHR will do the trick quite nicely).

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