The members of Khaos, an international group, have never played together in the same room. Khaos is the creative collaboration of Chandler Mogel (vocals, Outloud), Mark Rossi (guitars, Tribal), N I c Angileri (bass, Jorn) and Trevor Franklin (drums, Elis). The debut EP Rising was done wholly via the Internet, and produced by Rolf Munkes at his Empire Studios in Germany. However, Khaos has a local connection with Dangerdog Music Reviews as Chandler Mogel grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, a small city only 20 minutes from Dangerdog HQ.
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The EP consists of five songs and radio edits of two. The Khaos is an interesting blend of classic melodic hard rock with post grunge nuances. It can sound heavy like metal at times on Distress Signal and Perfect Future, and then orchestrated with a layer of synths as on Hated and Reason to Die. Fundamentally, the strengths of Khaos are in the fundamentals: well-written songs with tight arrangements, a precision rhythm section, vibrant melodies, strong vocals from Mogel, and well-executed guitar licks from Rossi. However, I might say that Mogel's vocal performance nearly steals the show. He's one of the best pure hard rock singers in the world. The album may be short, but this band has a promising future. Easily recommended.