Chaos Conspiracy Out of Place
By Marcus Pan
Hard hitting, heavy slamming
and brutal, Chaos Conspiracy infuses modern nu-metal with old school
thrash. Made up of Enrico Falbo (vocals), Francesco Chiusolo (bass), Dr. Monkey
(drums) and Marcello Venditti (guitars), Chaos Conspiracy's Out of Place has a
sound that is one part past one part present. The question is its future shelf
life, but I'm not good at predictions.
Enrico has a definitely female voice (I'm assuming Enrico is
a guy). Which is interesting because this is a rare time I've found a
thrash/nu-metal group that has a sissy (sounding) vocalist thrown up against
heavy-set riffs and brain-slamming drums. Red Eyes opens experimentally
with a funky rhythm and allows the good Dr. Monkey to show his prowess and phat
rhythms. Almost floaty, which was strange following the slamming Red
Mask which opened the album. But in Anthrax fashion, Chaos Conspiracy
brings the noise about 1 1/2 minutes in dispelling the clouds and dropping you
from your float face first onto a burning concrete slab. The reggae mash-up in
the end is cutesy but unnecessary.
Nonentity is an example of why Chaos Conspiracy
stands above some of the other nu-metal. It's got a flavor of
edginess...unpolished and corrupt. Even when it breaks down a bit into lighter
portions it's still dirty and jagged. And compared to much of today's
formulaic, brilliantly mastered and highly shiny faux-music of today, Chaos
Conspiracy's Out of Place breathes a bit of realism into the made-up
Following this Shadow of the Flow tries to slow it up
with some interesting bass versus keyboard work, but doesn't really do much for
me. The gritty guitar of Sinful Mirror reminds me of such basement
thrashers as Ahab Rex or Alice Donut. By Out of Place, I'm seeing
an influx of weirder experimental tunes that derailed the original aggression
that Out of Place began. I'm not digging this as much as their heavier,
purely balls out side. I do admit that Prayer For Your Silence shows
Francesco to be a hell of a bassist. Not to be outdone, Marcello throws down
with his guitar shreds in Coldest Time.
Chaos Conspiracy have a good gritty flavor, but lose my
attention as they grow weirder through the course of Out of Place. Their
combination of nu-metal and thrash give them an edge out there though, and the
skills of all of their players is apparant with each musician having a chance
to crank one out for you to enjoy. I think Enrico should wear looser pants so
he can sound less like Joan Jett.
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