Only a few weeks ago, we featured a review of Chaos Over Cosmos’ full length album “The Inknown Voyage” which featured Javier Calderon on vocals. Obviously we were a little behind on that one, because the group, led by Rafal Bowman has just dropped its new self titled EP, this time featuring Australia’s own Josh Ratcliff on vocals.
Opening with Cascading Darkness, the two-piece group deliver guitar intricacies that offer up hints of colour and light, while also pummelling our ears with heavy riffs, and the uncompromising vocal roughness from Ratcliff. There is stark contrast between the styles utilised here, but it comes together brilliantly – Chaos Over Cosmos is progressive and technical, but blends the brutality to great effect. It’s Dream Theatre meets Lamb of God.
Rafal Bowman is a very talented guitarist and composer. The way he plays with timing and structure throughout these pieces is key to Chaos Over Cosmos’ overall appeal. It’s interesting and enjoyable music, further demonstrated on Consumed – which sees Ratcliff drop the rougher vocals in favour of a cleaner style for the majority of this piece – proving that he’s an incredibly well rounded metal singer. This is the stand-out track off a pretty strong EP.
Closing out the EP is Asimov, an instrumental piece inspired by science fiction writer, Isaac Asimov. It’s an atmospheric and cinematic number that does conjure sci-fi imagery in my mind. It’s well put together musically – and ultimately serves as a vehicle to show off Bowman’s guitar prowess, as he shreds for nearly the entire duration.
Lastly, I have to touch on how good the EP artwork is. I’m not sure of who the artist is, but it’s an incredible piece, and perfectly suited to the musical accompaniment.
Running just short of nineteen minutes, this has been time well spent. It’s an extremely easy listen that will hold your attention from the opening notes. Let Chaos Over Cosmos take you on a journey.
Check out the YouTube link for the entire EP below.
Review by Shayne McGowan