Release Date: 23rd February 2018
Blackened Death Metal from Lebanon? First off, WHAT?! Beirut is not exactly well known for it’s heavy metal scene. So, expectation was a little scrambled before I’d even stuck my cans on for a listen. It heightened my interest for sure.
Kaoteon; two men with a desire to throw a giant middle finger up to the tribulations and misfortunes be-fowling their beautiful country. Their music has swathes of middle eastern reference and a fuck load of Death metal! Dark and dirty, these guys have clearly set out to be what they are already known as…’Lebanon’s answer to Behemoth’. It’s undeniable. You can hear it from the first track.
Similar guitar sounds, mounting blasts and the strained vocal aggression that Nergal favourites. Kaoteon have all this incorporated and then for the fun of it chuck in some post rock, punky elements as a cheeky surprise.
Vocal patterns are clearly written to be aggressive, but at times can get a bit convoluted to the average listener. I love a bit of Blackened Death, so this suited me down to the ground. You could feel the hostility and passion in his gnarly ass screams. It shows through on every track.
The riffs on display are enticing, big, nasty. They have that crass, volatile sound which is well known in Blackened Death circles. Because of the sound, it gets lost under the explosive vocals at times, but again that is the genre.
There are some big hitters on this album. Marduk’s very own skin hitter Fredrik Widigs and Obscura’s Linus Klausenitzer on bass for the title track I believe. Both these guys at the very top of their game in their bands, so it goes to show that Kaoteon are up and coming for sure.
This was a great listen from start to finish and I would recommend to all that like this style of music to give this album a listen and check out Kaoteon in a venue near you soon!
Favourite track: Damnation Memoriae