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Kissing Chaos

Kissing Chaos: Enter With A BulletEnter With A Bullet (2003)
Fueled By Ramen Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: adamAdam
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I'm a bastard when it comes to writing off new bands. I almost did that with Kissing Chaos. The lead track on their five song EP starts out with a dark and respectable new-school punk sound quite akin to The Alkaline Trio but is soon interrupted with screams that immediately soured my expectations t.
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I'm a bastard when it comes to writing off new bands. I almost did that with Kissing Chaos. The lead track on their five song EP starts out with a dark and respectable new-school punk sound quite akin to The Alkaline Trio but is soon interrupted with screams that immediately soured my expectations that the group would be anything more than bandwagon-hopping nu-emo. I mentally began a negative review where I was going to rant about the "state of the scene" and the "trendy kids following Thursday" and how most "screams in non-hardcore songs are going to look as dated in four years as skittering upstroke guitar does now in bands who jumped on the ska bandwagon in `97." That was the ill-conceived review I was writing. Yet upon a revealing second spin Kissing Chaos' "Enter With A Bullet" deserves none of that criticism. This is a good review... really.

Kissing Chaos have far too much actual musical promise and songwriting skill to be written off so easily. The melodic vocals on the album are quite strong and instantly remove this band from the crop of groups trying to sell the "weak singing / excessive shrieking" juxtaposition. There's a good sense of history in the songs here as well, Kissing Chaos features four members of Pop Unknown and have carried over that band's penchant for subtle new-wave influences. All this tends to give more weight to the band's melodic punk, giving it that maturity that you hear from groups like Blueline Medic or Rival Schools. The song "Communication Discontent" is easily the strong point of the disc, a spacey indie rock track comparable musically to the latest Cave In material. The record ends off with "The Power And Intent" which shows that the band hasn't strayed too far from their hardcore influences. Its nice to hear an intensely rocking track close off a disc with this much promise.

So I'll save my condescending review material for a band that truly deserves it, they seem to be everywhere nowadays so its only a matter of time before one of them shows up on my doorstep. Fortunately, Kissing Chaos isn't one of them.

 

 
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thatswack (January 7, 2005)

I have this EP and it is amazing, even though they should have put out a full-length.

pope_schlomo (February 24, 2003)

caustic soda was the fuckin shit

Ramo

Anonymous (February 24, 2003)

"Blueline Medic "Text Bomb" out 4/22"

evertime i load there webpage, netscape crashes, i knew they were to record soon, but i didnt know this soon. Im drooling, caustic soda was the shit, the first blueline LP and EP were amazing, i cant wait. I'm going to have to tell the rest of my cult to postpone the self-castrations till the 23rd, except for steve who jumped the gun early....sorry steve.
wyzo

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

Kissing Chaos is quite tight.....quite tight indeed....I can't wait for the fucking Blueline Medic cd either...

lou-s (February 19, 2003)

good band, i like pop unknown too... more actually, they share half the same members but they are quite different sounds...

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Awesome band...I've heard a few of their songs on mp3.com and I was hooked. I just ordered the EP - hopefully it will be here soon.

pope_schlomo (February 19, 2003)

Its an ok band and it helps me wait until the next bext FBR release: Blueline Medic "Text Bomb" out 4/22. Can't wait.

Ramo

evildeadalive (February 18, 2003)

'nu-emo'. I like that. Describes it all perfectly.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

fueled by Ramen is good

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

no its aaron from fueled by ramen. and knowing is half the battle.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

Not that bad, they do use generic "nu-emo" guitar riffs sometimes, but better than the used and shit like that.

fallingtopieces (February 18, 2003)

is that arron from the the aeffect!?!?!?!!?

adam (February 18, 2003)

Here's a wierd "Adam needs more coffee" question for everyone:

Is the littke skull guy on the cover who's turned backwards supposed to be a play on the picture of the Beatles on the back cover of Sgt Pepper?

Or do I just need a coffee...

adam

aaronfbr (February 18, 2003)

label guy first post!

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