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Otargos: Xeno Kaos

Album number six from Otargos finds them adding a rougher, rawer edge to their blackened death foundation, the gnarly attack suiting them down to the ground. Never a band to worry about stretching out the generic sound of their chosen genre (in truth, you'd struggle to pick this lot out in a crowded death metal with black leanings crowd) doesn't make what Otargos do on Xeno Kaos anything other than convincingly satisfying.

Looking for some straight up riffage that steamrollers all in its path? Then "Chariots Ov The Godz" is where you should be, while mid paced thunder is delivered through some "Dark Mechanics". Even the constant kick drum barrage that underpins the entire album feels fresh(ish) and new(ish) in this environ and while you'd be hard pressed to find anything that sets Otargos aside from, or indeed above the likes of, Belphegor or Sceptic Flesh, neither will you find anything that doesn't hit the desired note. Especially when the marching stomp of "Realm Of The Dead" adds a weight and stubbornness to the hard hitting themes.

You simply can't pretend that Xeno Kaos is anything other than it is; steady, convincing, middle ground death metal that veers into black territory. If you're looking for an album of that ilk that is solid and dependable with no deviations from its path, you'll find it right here.


Track Listing
1. DOMINATRIX
2. THE RUINOUS POWERS
3. CHARIOTS OV THE GODZ
4. DARK MECHANICUS
5. PHASE SHIFTERS
6. XENO KAOS
7. REALM OF THE DEAD
8. HUMAN TERMINATE

Added: May 21st 2016
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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