KAOS – THE PITS OF EXISTENCE (Malevolence Recrds)

Review by Stefan: For all those hooked on the furious thrashing Metal forces from the Bay Area part of San Francisco, please take something to write and make notice of a band called Kaos! A few years ago, I had the opportunity to spread the word of their previously released and sophomore effort entitled “Kaos Among Us” – a restless and wild way of US Thrash Metal that barely broke my bones… real good output it was but meanwhile, Kaos has released their new album “The Pits Of Existence” and better believe you’ve gotta be very strong to survive this way power and aggression.

Just like “Kaos Among Us”, also the new album “The Pits Of Existence” is available as awesome looking digipack – still active as an unsigned underground Metal band but it seems like they don’t care about that. Kaos gets my full attention, support and dignity due to they’ve written all the songs, recorded, arranged and produced “The Pits Of Existence” all by themselves. With or without a record deal, Kaos just move on like a silver shining bullet from a loaded gun, fast forward with no turning back. I’d like to say that the new CD is a killer album with a killer production!

The albums starts with the intro ‘Enter Insanity’ – they build up the power one step at the time until it’s time for the real deal, actually the second blow entitled ‘Bled Some More’. Damn, what a great song – fast guitar rhythms with aggressive vocals and awesome drum parts reminiscent to Slayer’s Dave Lombardo what means a lot. Kaos’ drummer really hits fast, hard and has a great timing within its might – excellent and fully loaded with outstanding drum skills ripping all thrashing ears to shreds! Next is the title track, not that fast as previous track but still brilliant. Somewhere in between Sacrifice and Slayer and I don’t want to forget to tell that the new album has also plenty of great guitar solo’s to offer.

‘Blood Sacrifice’ is a song that deserves full attention. Imagine ‘South Of Heaven’ from Slayer but worked out with own ideas and superb arrangements. Building up a song like this – well, you’ve gotta be very strong to let it happen! And the best has yet to come – for example ‘Out Of Time’ is made for the ultimate thrashers! High speed velocities and pretty technical bass, drum and guitar lines with well fitting, aggressive vocal use… positive astonished and gasping for air, that what happens me! ‘Screaming In The Mirror’ and ‘Tear Us Apart’ sound great – ‘Soul To Give’ even better and mainly faster! Kaos came in with a guitar driven intro and to leave they choose to bring on one last track actually a so called outro entitled ‘Exit Reality’. Nice and tender in the beginning but after 2 minutes, roaring guitars appear in full gear and damn yeah, also this song pleases me completely.

With an album like “The Pits Of Existence”, Hayward California based Kaos just delivered the living evidence they’re really great! With all respect for their previous release “Kaos Among Us” (which was a good album too) but “The Pits Of Existence” nearly leaves me behind with a cardiac arrest. Moving on through the valleys of Metal since the late eighties, building up a highly appreciating pallet of skills throughout the years and now, they’re back with such a great album – admiration all the way guys!

I like my Thrash Metal most of all in a Bay Area way – I know that’s a personal meaning but a meaning I will never let go. Disagree with me about that? I simply don’t care at all. Maybe you should take my good recommendation… go check out Kaos at: www.kaosamongus.com or www.myspace.com/kaosamongus … then, you can give a judgement if you want too. “The Pits Of Existence” by KAOS – needful food for Thrash Metal maniacs! Order at: http://www.malevolence-records.us/Store.php 

My rating: 90/100 (Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan)