[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”Manifest, taken from the band’s official website”]NOIR /
BEFORE / AFTER
LIFE / DEATH
FULL / EMPTY
TAKEN BY THE PRINCIPLES OF FUNDAMENTAL ENERGY /
CREATION / DESTRUCTION
T R A N S M U T A T I O N /
AGELESS SOUND OF THE GREAT EVERYTHING /
NOISE OF THE UNIVERSE / AND OF THE MOVEMENT
WILL OF CHAOS /
VIBRATING PRIMORDIAL FORCE
THAT SPREADS EVERY LAYER OF AN INFORMAL MATERIAL
TO THE RESONANCES OF THE HUMAN SCALE /
INITIATION RITES /
(ALTERED) PERCEPTIONS /
INSCRUTABLE WILL OF CHAOS
GUIDES US IN CREATION
THAT SENDS US BACK TO THE PATHS OF THE ORIGINS /
IMAGES OF A MYSTICAL LANDSCAPE /
FULL OF SIGNS
CALLING US ALL[/pullquote]
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Deconstruction is a word most aptly used to describe French musical annihilists Chaos Echoes. If a single word could ever do them justice – we need more like the string of concepts from their own manifest – but deconstruction is a nice enough baseline. Pulling music apart and creating new foundations.
Placing their compositions (and perhaps drawing their inspiration from) somewhere in-between Einstürzende Neubauten and Yes, with detours to King Crimson and Last Exit (the latter perhaps most noticeable in the fantastic rumbling bass-work, and of course the free jazz antics).
Titling their first regular release Tone Of Things To Come is particularly fitting, and defining of the complete body of work yet issued, be it the efforts as a quartet or the equally interesting but quite different Duo Experience / Spectral Affinities, comprising of only Kalevi Uibo and Ilmar Uibo on guitar/effects and drums/percussion, respectively.
This is music that’s incredibly giving for a cluttered mind, demanding attention and focus, drawing you away from what is occupying your thoughts, almost forcefully ripping you into a rivetting, relentless maelstrom of strictly organized chaos.
[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From interview on The Midland Rocks“]Bloody Sign [former band, ed.] respected the roots and rules of death metal. Even if the band had its own singularity, it was a death metal band. The aim of Chaos Echœs is different. We seek to further endanger us, to create a form of emergency in our approach, by putting aside some conventional ideas of structure and composition. The process of this research is more important to us than the intended purpose. The journey is more significant and interesting than the arrival.[/pullquote]
Metal-wise – because no matter what purists will say, this is undoubtedly metal – inspirations seem to come first and foremost from black metal and drone, while there is some death sentiments buried in there also, less conspicuous. And given enough exposure, these guys could very well end up inspiring new shifts and directions for the metal to come, thus showing the boast of that first EP-title to have been oracular. Let’s hope so – that would bring interesting developments for the future.
If you have to just sample what Chaos Echoes are really about, I would point you in the direction of their latest effort, the 2015-album Transient.
Transient really is a magnificent album with tracks alternating between dark experimental black metal compositions and more deliberate drone-scapes. And while this might well make for a less-focused album compared to their earlier efforts, it certainly also makes it an interesting and intense affair, at the same time also balancing the experience, thus sharpening the focus of the listener.
Chaos Echoes are most definitely a band for those of open minds and open ears – and if you’re of that category, checking out one of their sets at Roadburn could very well be one of the musical highlights of this year.
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Catch Chaos Echoes on Saturday, April 16 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands
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|Parisian Sessions / Rehearsal I||Demo (2012)|
|Tone Of Things To Come||EP (2012)|
|Duo Experience / Spectral Affinities||EP (2013)|
|A Voiceless Ritual (Live)||LP (2015)|
Interview quote from The Midland Rocks