Kaos Krew took its first breaths in 2004 when the band was founded by members Ulf Skog, Göran Fellman and Tomas Öst in Jakobstad Finland.
Our music is industrial rock or metal, there’s been many labels on us from different reviewers around the world, however the music is hard.
Göran Fellman played in a band called Stormwing during the 90’s and they had a recorddeal with a japanese label and released a CD in Japan. He is also a member of St.Marcus Bluesband here in Jakobstad.
Tomas Öst was a member of Wild Force, a finnish hard rock band.
Kaos Krew started recordings in 2004 for the promo “under destruction” and it was released in May 2005. The feedback from around the world was very positive and gave us a recorddeal with Top Records in Finland. Recordings of the new CD started in 2005 and the album “Devour” was released Sep 18th 2006.
Both albums were recorded at Dynamix Studios and “Devour” was mastered by Peter In de Betou at Tailormaid in Sweden.
Release Date: 2006-09-18
Kaos Krew - Devour (8/10) - Finland - 2006
Genre: Industrial Metal
Label: Top Records
Playing time: 40:57
Band homepage: Kaos Krew
This could be the soundtrack to your favourite independent Sci-fi movie or perhaps space trading game. Whatever, its an absolute hoot. It\'s certainly the last thing you would expect from a band called KAOS KREW.
Industrial is a lazy description, there is as much Hard Rock, Prog and Heavy Metal in there as anything else, all swathed in a galactic synth soother. At times it sounds a bit like something PAIN might come up with but this could also be described at other moments as an unholy mating of wank-free STEVE VAI and WHITE ZOMBIE. I could go on with all kind of DNA mixings but essentially all you need to know is that this is stellar in more than one sense.
Oft times this comes across like a jam session, there is little in the way of vocal emphasis on some tracks but its all huge great chunks of solid fun, this lot are definitely enjoying themselves. Shut your eyes and it’s a lazer light show and smiles all round. “Coffin Nails” will have you Crinklies wiping away tears of nostalgia, rooted as it is in decades past. NUGENT-like guitar solos and multi-singer choruses loosely arranged around driving Hard Rock riffs, faded old denims will be found at the back of the wardrobe.
All this talk of Metal gone by should not give you the impression that this sounds dated, it also has a futuristic edge, predominantly evoked by the synthesised effects and deep space plinking. In fact, “Devour” has a timelessness about it, or perhaps more accurately, no date signature for you to categorise. When the long and eloquent solos are not to the fore, there are monster slabs of rhythm pounding away, ably emphasised by an up-front bass. Programmed drums knock out a steady beat, never reaching much more than an emphatic stomp and mainly resorting to a snappy tattoo.
A number of moods are created, all of them positive and the end result is that you will be lifted, this album will burn away grey skies. It\'s not happy clappy though, just full of life, occasionally it edges towards the cheese but always maintains a safe distance, close enough for a whiff though. “A Visit At Belmonte” veritably soars away on a gliding lead motif as it weaves between Eastern and Moorish influences. Introduce some Y3K elements and you have something to play over your Dune movie DVD.
“Devour” has been a total surprise, a pleasant one at that. It bounces like a porn star\'s tits and the lead runs blaze like a ray gun shoot-out. Difficult to tag this one, it’s a load of fun and perfect for a long drive in your car (or X-Wing Starfighter.)
(Online December 22, 2006)
Review Metal express Radio
by: GARY McLEAN
Kaos Krew is a three-man Industrial Metal band from Finland, and Devour is their debut album, coming on the heels of their well-received demo from 2005, Under Destruction. Three re-recorded songs from that release can be found on the 11-track, 40-minute Devour.
Kaos Krew might remind some listeners of Industrial giants like Rammstein, and they do have some similarities: big crushing guitar riffs, electronic noises, atmospheric keyboards, and sampled sound effects, distorted vocals, and pummeling (yet catchy) rhythms and melodies. Kaos Krew creates a big wall of sound, there\'s no question about that, but the music remains accessible at all times, never overwhelming.
Five of the songs on this disc are instrumental, and the songs that do use lyrics usually use them sparingly, and they are often spoken instead of sung. Lyrics aren\'t a big thing to Kaos Krew (although they\'re used well on a few songs, like the title track), but the lack of lyrics doesn\'t hurt this release; action speaks louder than words, as it were.
And Devour is very action-packed: this is not a boring album. It hurdles headlong from song to song, barely taking time for a breath. Can\'t keep up? Too bad; Kaos Krew\'s not waiting around for you. Every song has a lot going on in it; there are lots of hooks here waiting to sink themselves into you. While the songs are fast-paced, they have grooves and atmosphere as well -- check out “Belly Dancer,” which has a distinct Arabic/Middle Eastern vibe running through it. Many Industrial albums have a cold, lifeless feel to them (like they were made by robots), but luckily Devour isn\'t one of them: this tin man has a heart, and he just might drag you onto the dance floor of your favorite club.
Kaos Krew isn\'t above throwing in some florid guitar-work when the situation calls for it ... a couple of songs have very flashy solos (lead guitar on Devour is handled by Goran Fellman) intermixed with the charging riffs and stomping beats. A bit of a surprise on an album like this, but it\'s certainly a welcome one.
Devour is a solid album technically, and while no drummer is credited, the bottom-end is so heavy you probably won\'t notice (or care) that the drum sound is programmed (by Ulf Skog, who is also credited with guitars, keyboards, bass, vocals, writing, mixing, and production).
Good songs on Devour are easy to pick out: they\'re all good! Best of the bunch are probably the huge stomper “Inflamed,” which boxes your ears like a sledgehammer, and the atmospheric title track, which has some cool keyboards and a big vocal melody. “Electrified” and “Nutter Tools” are a couple of rollicking instrumental tracks with impressive guitar work. All the songs have great energy and unflagging momentum.
Fans of Industrial Metal will like Devour: it\'s hard-hitting and distorted in all the right places, but at the same time it\'s accessible enough so that listeners who are new to this genre of music will enjoy it too. Recommended!
Review Powerplay records
Kaos Krew comes from Finland and last year they released their promo CD \'Under Destruction\'. With that promo CD they achieved to get a deal with Top Records and one year later they released their debut album \'Devour\'.
In this album we will find eleven tracks and almost forty minutes of pure industrial metal music. Actually in this work, we will find also some new tracks and three songs from their promo CD.
To honest with you this is the first work from Finland that I received where the band plays industrial metal. Of course Finland has one of the best metal scenes in Europe and Kaos Krew continues in the same line.
Most of their compositions are well worked with impressive ideas and a great musicianship. Also besides the music, I adore the whole concept of the booklet. Definitely it was one of the best as an idea.
SCORE out of 7.8/10 Antonis Maglaras