Back with their new album, the band are set to revitalise 2020 with their theatrical approach to Metalcore.
Founded just two years ago, Modern Metalcore band, Chaoseum don’t hold back when it comes to making their presence known. From their eccentric, head-turning image to the driving force of energy within their music, the Swiss rockers have already begun to turn heads across the metal scene for all of the right reasons.
Nowhere is this better seen than in their latest album, Second Life.
Two years since their debut album, the band are back with their new vocalist, CK Smile, who has opened the band up to their most distinguished and recognisable sound yet. Now, providing their most eye-catching work to date, the album is set to launch the band to a higher tier as they open themselves to new audiences.
Opening with the spine-chilling track, ‘Xxv-Ix-Mmxx’, the album immediately demands undivided attention from listeners, feeling suited to that of an insidious nightmare as it gradually builds up into the next track.
As the album progresses, it comes as no wonder why the band have already secured live performances at established venues such as LA’s notorious Whiskey A Go-Go and the prestigious NAMM event.
‘Smile Again’, ‘Feel’ and ‘Frozen’ all stand as the strongest tracks of the album, generating a distinctive, unique sound unlike anyone else on the scene, yet perfectly capturing the classic Metalcore sound that is guaranteed to have live audiences in the palm of their hand.
As for the album in its entirety, the thing that seems to stand out the most is the polyvalent vocals and immense precision of the band as they delve into a multitude of different sections in each song.
Drawing similarities to metal legends including Marilyn Manson, Korn and Trivium throughout, Chaoseum perfectly balance on the tightrope between the much-beloved Metalcore sound, guaranteed to galvanise fans, and their unique, theatrical edge that allows them to stand apart from the masses.
The title track, ‘Second Life’, alongside ‘Hell Has No Way Out’ and ‘Into My Split’ demonstrate this best.
Switching back and forth between elements of clean vocal melodies and ferocious growls in each track, it is these songs that define the band’s unique sound best, showcasing the precision of each member simultaneously.
Yet, whilst the vast majority of the album maintains this Modern Metalcore sound, as the album draws to its close, subtle hints of other genres begin to emerge, teasing audiences as to what the future of the band could withhold.
‘Sex In Hell’, for example, shows Chaoseum fusing their haunting, sinister edge with both elements of early 2000s metal and heart-rending, acoustic rock as it fades into its close.
As a whole, Second Life perfectly captures the unique sound that Chaoseum aim to convey more elegantly than ever before. A perfect blend of their distinctive Metalcore roots with a new sense of theatricality and flamboyance, the album ensures that the band won’t become lost amid the countless new releases of 2020.
From the technical precision of the instrumentalists to the extensive range from vocalist, CK Smile, Second Life is an album unlike any other. Providing an eruption of energy and emotion, much-needed in these current tumultuous circumstances, the release is guaranteed to stop music lovers in their tracks and win over fans far and wide.
Second Life is out now and available on all streaming platforms.
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Great songs but the band will need to figure out how to create an identity that separates them from KORN. The song “Smile Again,” sounds so much like Korn and definitely does not give the band a distinguished sound. I shouldn’t even be typing this out in the open, but this needs to be said to the band and/or the person who wrote this article so it doesn’t fuck up their press, no way I’d let that slide with a client. Stop trying to sell wolf tickets and call the music what it is… the band is heavily influenced by the United States band KORN, and the vocalist CK smile sounds exactly like Jonathan Davis. Again the songs are great but not defining. This is also Nu Metal and definitively not metalcore. In the states the crews wouldn’t let that slide at shows, they would fight over it. I mean just really get a grasp on the wording we created over here… metalcore was given birth in the American xhcx Hardcore scene when the OG hardcore bands began crushing breakdowns. it evolved with the bands like Norma Jean,, Meshuggah etc, but this band isn’t metalcore and I’d hate for then to be cast in that genre and not get their proper exposure from the fans whomwill.actually dig them vs. the ones who will be metalcore heads and talk shit for this not being metalcore. Hardcore kids will not dance to this. Dope band but don’t sell this as something it’s not, it makes no sense to actual metalcore fans.
This isn’t even Nu Djent.. its straight up Nu Metal.
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Hey David, thanks for your comment!
I completely see where you’re coming from, after talking with the band they were completely open about their love of Korn and how the band inspired their sound! However, they do also claim to be predominately Metalcore as this is the genre they’re most influenced by and what they are looking to capture throughout their whole discography… not just this one album! If a band contacts us and are self-proclaimed as Metalcore then we have to respect that decision and reflect it within the piece. Hope that sheds some clarity!
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I heard the song “Smile” and I heard 100% Korn. There’s a talent in being able to replicate something with a new song, but still important to create their own lane. It’s like how Tallah may have strong Korn/Slipknot/Deftones influences, but they do a lot of other things that they don’t, including breakdowns and death metal vocals. Even the humorous “British accent” at times. Highly interested, but still willing to admit that they should work more on an individual identity. That said, I’m here for it.
Thanks for your comment! I’m thrilled you went on to check out their album and enjoyed some of the tracks they released. I agree, there are a lot of similarities to Korn. Yet, the same goes for most new bands, they always sound similar to other artists during their first couple of releases, then really find their identity later down the line… all we can do is wait and see what they do next!