Almost two years after the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP Rising, and ahead of new album Risen, Swiss/American melodic/hard rock band Khaøs unveil new single After The Silence. Pushing their accomplished blend of sinew sculpted rock and metal to new evocative expression, the single is a potent and intriguing teaser for the band’s first full-length. It is not a proposition which lit a fire in our belly but definitely offered enough to breed an inquisitive nature for the album.
Consisting of vocalist Chandler Mogel, guitarist Mark Rossi, bassist Nic Angileri, and drummer Trevor Franklin, the band is making its introduction to our ears with their new single, a track which admittedly initially wrong foots expectations and what they were assuming to hear from a name like Khaøs. There is certainly a raw beauty to the Rolf Munkes recorded song but not the aggressive bleakness certainly in sound expected to accost ears. Lyrically the track embraces the premise of “finding one’s self in a war-torn world and bonding together with like-minded people in order to start a peaceful revolution.” This brings cloudy shadows and fiery tension to the heart of the track, a potency which grips attention as much as the equally heated sounds crafted by the band and adds much to the thought evoking presence of the release.
The song opens with a lone guitar casting its evocative narrative around ears before welcoming a slow pulse of rhythms and the shadowed tones of the bass. It is a strong coaxing added to by the fine vocals of Mogel assisted by similarly impressive harmonies. With flames of intensity and melodic endeavour throughout the provocative canvas of the song, it swirls emotionally and creatively across the senses with resourceful imagination and tenacious passion, the guitar of Rossi especially engrossing when given clear scenery to colour.
For personal preferences, After The Silence fails to find the spark which ignites a hungry appetite and over enthused reactions, but as mentioned does have a certain success in raising an interest in the new album. For fans of Khaøs and of imposing passion drenched hard rock, the single with its skilled design and flavour is sure to make Risen a highly anticipated and excitedly awaited proposition.
After The Silence is available via MRRecords digitally worldwide through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and on all other digital platforms.
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