THE CHAOS ENGINE
The Chaos Engine are a unique phenomenon; from their unclassifiable music to the way that they do business, everything is done entirely on their own terms, exactly their own way. Never mind how floppy the fringe is, if THAT isn't the DIY-punk attitude of the true independent, then we for one will pay our money upfront and join the queue to see what is.
The Chaos Engine's music takes you on a 200 mile-an-hour adrenaline-fuelled ram-raid through more genres of music than your local record shop dares to stock, fusing the technopunk attitude of The Prodigy with the white-hot guitar fury of the so called "Nu Metal" Scene backed with the sort of precision electronica that Warp Records have made a cult out of - to struggle to find just a few reference points. The band plunder every style stupid enough to come within clubbing distance and throw it into the melting pot, never forgetting to equip each song with a hook that Robbie Williams would sell his granny into white slavery for.
The Chaos Engine have already gained an underground reputation for being one of the UK's most intense and energetic live outfits and they don't miss a trick when it comes to transferring the energy of their music into an audio-visual onslaught that will leave you breathless, be it the boundless energy of frontman Lee H whose onstage persona puts most end of level baddies to shame, the bass / guitar onslaught of Kelly and Huw, the cranium pounding yet body moving electronic backing or the legendary Chaos TV projections...
The band have toured relentlessly, and have played at many prestigious festivals and gigs including shows with Covenant, VNV Nation, Ultraviolence, Project Pitchfork, Pist.On, Mesh, C-Tek, Rosetta Stone and Sigue Sigue Sputnik to name a few. The band even have their own political party, "The Chaos Party" who put more than a few establishment noses out of shape with their performance in recent Cheltenham by elections. We won't even mention the legendary cheeserolling escapades......
With so many bands looking over their shoulders to see what everyone else is doing in the fall out from the Millennium, or back-pedalling into 60's/70's/80's/even 90's for fucks sake nostalgia, The Chaos Engine apply the electrodes to the nipples of the British music scene, plug it into the mains and blast it into the future. The only question is, are you behind or stood in front of the blast? It's time to believe the hype ...
Chaos Engine are exceptional...imagine Depeche Mode being given a once-over
by Godflesh and you'll have an idea of their bizarre vision...definitely
to be encouraged"
a new female bassist, and with singer Lee's voice stronger than ever,
The Chaos Engine's set slaps everyone in the face. Good songs, tightly
executed, with vocals to rip your heart out"
much do we love The Chaos Engine? Loads and loads. Forget what you've
been told about VAST or Add N to (X) or anything else, dammit, this is
the album you wanna be buying...The sheer amount of fantastic songs on
offer here is endless - Christ knows what they're gonna pull out of their
hat to top this on their next album. The order of Chaos welcomes you"
crunchy goth-rock. They cover Kim Wilde *and* Motorhead on the same disc.
are some excellent tracks on this CD...Chaos Engine are on hell of an
in-your-face industrial band (with) Lee doing vocals as well as keyboards
(I'm still wondering how his voice stands up to the punishment he gives
it), Huw providing some wizardry on guitar and Kelly doing things to a
bass that makes my eyes water and my tongue hang out!"
second album of the British Chaos Engine is a very personal piece of music.
Approaching a new century, the seem to intermix several styles of the
contemporary alternative music. The mixture of electro with industrial
with gothic and a heavy rock approach are maybe an introduction for what
could become alternative music after the millennium...this is open minded
music from the alternative border!"
a real pleasure to hear such a fat bass sound these days. Doubtless the
floor-shaking vibes come courtesy of some sneaky digital manipulation,
and judging by the solid grooves elsewhere, this technological approach
is Chaos Engine's raison d'être. This is Sub-industrial techno-rock
borrowing heavily from a number of pioneering acts but easily bringing
to mind the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Pitchshifter. Despite a lack
of lyric sheet, this sounds articulate, and most importantly, melodic
in all the right places."
mash-up between hardworking techno-punks Chaos Engine and introspective
types Skinflowers shouldn't work, but on songs like 'Employee Of The Year'
they use their 4 guitarists to stunning effect"
superb frontman who didn't stay in one place for very long and who was
able to sing and growl both to real effect. When they have songs with
such lyrics as "kill your boss - quit your job - get a life, this is not
a rehearsal" and song titles such as 'Nonconformer' you know where they're
coming from...with strobes and flashing messages on a backdrop, I have
to admit being very impressed with their entire audio and visual performance."
Chaos Engine are nothing short of amazing...The album I have to say is
one of the best I've heard in the last few years, combining an industrial-techno
beat with sinewy punk/goth guitars and intelligent lyrics with great samples
interwoven with swathes of keyboard noise...The Chaos Engine are the band
The Prodigy strive to be."
Chaos Engine are not just good but mind-blowingly good infact...the band
pull together the best industrial sounds and mix them with classic pop
to produce a totally fantastic end result. They are incredibly diverse,
mainly because most industrial bands whimper at the thought of combining
their harsh, grinding sound with - of all things - memorable melodies
and lyrics. That's what this album does - it's hard and uncompromising
sound goes arm in bionic arm with really good song-writing"
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