Chaos Over Cosmos: The Silver Lining Between The Stars-2021.

Chaos Over Cosmos:Proggressive Death from Poland ,United States, Australia and Spain.

Discography:

The Unknown VoyageFull-length2018
Chaos over CosmosEP2019
IIEP2020
The Ultimate MultiverseFull-length2020
The Silver Lining Between the StarsFull-length2021
KC Lyon
Vocals
Rafał Bowman
Guitars, Keyboards, Programming (2015-present)

Past Members:

Javier CalderonVocals (2018-2019)
Joshua RatcliffVocals (2019-?)
Songs
1.Violent Equilibrium10:47  Show lyrics
2.The Last Man in Orbit06:12  Show lyrics
3.Eternal Return04:04  instrumental
4.Control Zed04:15  Show lyrics
5.The Sins Between the Stars09:58  Show lyrics
 35:16 

1 Comment

  1. gasmask_colostomy, August 10th, 2021
    Since about 2015, Rafał Bowman has been trying to get his musical idea out in the open. With this project, named Chaos Over Cosmos and appropriately focused on matters of the universe, Bowman is so far on his third album, third singer, and still hasn’t found a real drummer to lay down the beats he currently programs. While all this sounds like a mess destined to disappear before it really gets going, the fact that the musical idea central to Chaos Over Cosmos is an extremely good one transforms the project into a fraught yet very worthwhile endeavour. Starting out with clear principles about the cosmic themes of the band and a suitable musical palette to paint the colours of space, Bowman has thus far produced some of the more interesting progressive, tech, and power metal of the last 5 years. Escapist, immersive, and skilful, The Silver Lining Between the Stars continues the trend of Chaos Over Cosmos as creators of exciting, if occasionally infuriating, full-length albums.

    In the first place, Bowman has reverted to a couple of habits from his earlier work, that of writing instrumental tracks and that of re-writing his own songs from previous releases, meaning that what was ‘The Compass’ on The Unknown Voyage has become ‘The Sins Between the Stars’, remaining mostly recognizable from its original form. In light of the fact that KC Lyon is another new vocalist, changing the lyrics, vocal parts, and some of the original movements makes sense – after all, the band can showcase a new sound with old material – but it also frustrates, not least because the track takes up 10 minutes (formerly 11) of a quite brief 35 minute album. Admittedly, the massive prog ballad with its airy, almost post-rock synth backing and building, climactic progress should have been the closer to an album like this all along, and it really brings catharsis to the end of the journey as Lyon roars the last chorus over Bowman’s stop/start guitar work. Overall, The Silver Lining Between the Stars registers as a very busy album, so an epic conclusion works well.

    Unfortunately, it has been difficult to reconcile the musical style of Chaos Over Cosmos with their vocal direction for a couple of years now, and this is why the instrumental tracks keep leaving their mark. Even though Bowman has surely listened to a good few tech death and modern prog/djent bands to arrive at his lead style, hearing a lot of harsh vocals from Lyon can’t fulfil the promise of spacey ambience and sci-fi shred that comparatively present themselves far more evocatively. Nowhere can the collision between Bowman’s guitar mastery and the difficult insertion of vocals be found more obviously than on long opener ‘Violent Equilibrium’, which spends over 5 minutes to construct a masterclass of technical riffing, sweep-picked melodies, and airy, wondrous soloing before Lyon enters the fray with a monstrous held roar and then proceeds to act like the lovechild of Devin Townsend and Jens Kidman (Meshuggah), with less crazed personality than the former and less robotic menace than the latter. To put it quite simply, ‘Violent Equilibrium’ doesn’t improve with the entry of vocals: Bowman had already begun a fascinating, twisting journey on his own and could easily have just made an instrumental shredder album. ‘Eternal Return’, a briefer track without vocals, effectively argues for the same point.

    All this should not be seen as disparagement of The Silver Lining Between the Stars, but more as a means of highlighting how tricky the style has become for Chaos Over Cosmos to get right. Bowman has clearly tried to purge all power metal aside from a few Symphony X moments, concentrating on the technical aspects of his playing that should appeal to Animals As Leaders and Rings Of Saturn listeners, as well as increasing the rhythmic intensity to incorporate more stuttering blastbeats and dramatic tempo shifts. Indeed, ‘Violent Equilibrium’ contains harder-hitting riffs in more flamboyant style than the entirety of the band’s discography to this point, thrilling with their varied momentum and proving that intelligent use of programmed drums can truly be an asset within this kind of slightly mechanical sound. When Bowman fires out alternate riffs and shreds, the effect veers towards that of a fellow prodigious guitarist and advocate of programmed drums, namely Buckethead, who can similarly turn songs on their heads with a fill that moves from demented to nostalgic energy within a few notes.

    The Silver Lining Between the Stars seems like a further step along the same tracks for Chaos Over Cosmos. More technical, less human; more skilful, less flowing; more chaos, less cosmos, so to speak. It will always be difficult to strike a balance between the duo’s busy musicality and an approachable attitude to songcraft, so for all that ‘Control Zed’ manages to match some of Bowman’s more hectic riffs with Lyon’s incensed screams (and intelligent lyrics), that song rubs up strangely against ‘The Sins Between the Stars’, which plies the atmosphere much more thoroughly, as was the case with the debut album. These differences might not appear so glaring if the album contained one more balanced track to give the technical parts more room to breathe and bring the emotionally affecting side of the band forward. ‘The Last Man in Orbit’ most nearly achieves that compromise, yet a bit more thinking remains to be done before the fourth Chaos Over Cosmos album. One thing’s for sure: that album will be a crazy ride too.

    Originally written for The Metal Observer – http://www.metal-observer.com/3.o/review/chaos-over-cosmos-the-silver-lining-between-the-stars/

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