This is the debut album for the power program duo, Chaos Over Cosmos, featuring Rafal Bowman (guitar, synth and programming) and Javier Calderon (vocals).
Divided into five tracks which range from the epic cosmic metal of “Armour of the Stars (Xenogears)”, a song inspired by the cult-classic Playstation RPG Xenogears, “Dance of the Silver Blade” inspired by Andrzej Sapkowski books, the ambient and melodic personal journey of “The Compass”, futuristic, Blade Runner-esque “Neon Nights” and the nature-inspired instrumental song “Sky””.
“The Unknown Voyage”, is a really remarkable work. In its five pieces are enclosed more genres of metal, from progressive to power, through death. In short, it’s an interesting plot that unfolds over these five tracks.
It would be difficult to describe piece by piece, as “The Unknown Voyage” is a journey through these genres and you have to savor it in every single shading.
The opener “A Hidden Path” is a melodic power metal track with a dreamy prelude, with Nietzschie’s citation, great rhythm and guitar phrasing leading to as many brilliant solos.
“Dance of the Silver Blade” continues in its cross between metal and prog, maintaining a good level of both sounds and style, enclosing a musicality that ranges from Iron Maiden to power metal, crossing ambient passages; the engaging voice and riffs are fast alternating with melodic moments, making it an interesting track.
Beautiful is the following “The Compass”, another song that manages to involve, in a quieter way, suspended between ambient, prog and deliciously melodic.
Atmospheric in the intro is the following “Neon Nights” gradually becoming a very loaded piece, alternating power moments with other melodic, playing a lot with synths.
The closing of this record is entrusted to “Sky”, a piece that manages to create a good atmosphere, even here crossing different styles on which Chaos Over Cosmos is based with its own sound. A totally musical piece.
As I said, “The Unknown Voyage” contains songs not easily explained in words, a work of this kind should only be heard to be taken by the hand of this duo and be carried away to fully enjoy every singularity.
Beautiful – really a debut that gives hope for an equally interesting continuation.
Review by Valeria Campagnale