Power of Metal.dk Review

Khas
Risen
Rating
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 20 October, 2014
Playing time: 63:46
 


Khas is an Swiss/American band featuring Chandler Mogel on vocals, Mark Rossi on guitar, Nic Angileri on bass and Trevor Franklin on drums. Khas is a project on a global scale, involving two continents, America and Europe, and going possibly beyond. Their members have never actually played together in the same room. This came together thanks to the internet. It was an idea they wanted to put to the test. I get Alter Bridge and the new Slash album in my head when I listen to 'Risen'. Strong vocals and rigid hard guitars in various rock styles. They range from melodic hard rock to modern American rock/metal.

They make a flying start with a cannonball track 'After the Silence' with charming pace and beautiful vocals. 'Crisis Factor' is more in the modern rock style with Chandler's strong vocals. It took me several spins until I got it; he sings almost similar as Europe's Joey Tempest!! 'Exalted' is a calm and smooth ballad. More in the dusty, garage rock style are they delivering in 'Loaded Question'. The middle songs leave me untouched and aren't really my kind of music. Except 'Ride the Chain', which is a funny little gem actually. 'Static Windows' is a half groovy tune with a melodic chorus. 'As Far as We Go' is a shining down-tempo song, which grabs my spine.

'Risen' is closing with the epic and powerful song 'The Breathing Room'. 'Khas' is a child of the new technology and I ask myself; Is this the future of music? Musicians who send the files over the seas and everything is mixed somewhere else. Bands as we know it today are only for the live shows. Studio line-ups are something else. I don't know, I grew up with rock bands being a band of brothers drove them and friendship and a common desire to success together made them do it.

Anyhow, this isn't a future masterpiece, just a solid hard rock album with some highs and some fillers. The rate stays at the OK level.

KHAS Studio Lineup:
Chandler Mogel (vocals)
Mark Rossi (guitars)
Nic Angileri (bass)
Trevor Franklin (drums)

KHAS Live Lineup:
Chandler Mogel (vocals)
Marco Sandron (vocals)
Mark Rossi (guitar)
Nic Angileri (bass)
Antonio Princiotta (guitar)
Eugenio Ventimiglia (drums)


Tracklist
01. After the Silence
02.
Crisis Factor
03.
Exalted
04.
Loaded Question
05.
End of Daze
06.
Merchants of Khas
07.
Ride the Chain
08.
Hung the Moon
09.
Imagined Danger
10.
Static Windows
11.
As Far as We Go
12. The Breathing Room
Label: MRRecords
Distribution: GerMusica PR
Artwork rating: 83/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 15 October, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/Khaos2012