In a continuing attempt to cover more music that would all-too-oft slip through the very large cracks, we slumbering scribes are making an effort to publish the little one-off reviews that were previously (and arbitrarily) deemed too short for publication. Here's a doubleshot mini-review of two standalone singles.
Written by: The Administrator
A few years back, I reviewed a thrashin' three track EP from a band named Corruption. I was suitably impressed, and have since returned to Dead Is The Soul when the thrash itch strikes. As such, when I finally--five months late--got around to a review request from a member of said band for an entirely different band influenced by the likes of Fear Factory and Sybreed, I gave the two attached singles a listen. Despite not exactly having a solid history with industrial or cyber metal, I found said singles to be were pretty damn enjoyable.
"Electric Cuts," released on March 31st, utilizes a classic clean vs. harsh vocal vibe that provides a convenient contrast by benefit of its mere existence.
The track is built on a driving churn, which lends the verses an aggressive urgency. Things slow down significantly on the chorus, and then the driving riff returns with the same production line precision. While I typically avoid music with a blatantly inorganic aesthetic, the mechanized momentum on this track is quite nice and offers a headbangable bounce.
"Synthetic Fields," the more recent of the singles and my favorite of the two, decidedly ups the ante on the cleans, bringing to mind the soaring ultra-polish of something like Skull Fist. It is sleek and manufactured, which serves fits to the general synthetic aesthetic pretty damn well. The chorus here is catchy and liable to run loops in my brain throughout the day. Much like the prior single, "Synthetic Fields" is overtly bouncy and thus quite fun. Bottom line? While I suspect Kaosware is a harder sell for the typical Sleeping Village readers and passers-by, I do recommend giving 'em a listen if you enjoy modern industrial metal with a cyber sheen.
Kaosware - "Electric Cuts" was released March 31st, 2023. "Synthetic Fields" was released May 26th, 2023. Find Kaosware via linktree here!
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