Chaos Over Cosmo - The Unknown Voyager Album Review/Stream 
About The Band
Chaos Over Cosmos is a Polish-Australian project created by Rafal Bowman and Javier Calderon. The duo formed in 2017 and specializes in futuristic, sci-fi inspired progressive power metal which borrows much of its subject matter from various works of fiction, including novels and video games. Having recently reissued their album The Unknown Voyage, Chaos Over Cosmos undoubtedly stand out among the crowd on countless modern metal groups. The question is, for better or worse?
The Unknown Voyage
While the album is only five tracks, the runtime is actually well over fifty minutes, with the opening track Armour Of The Stars playing out for nearly twenty of those minutes. Taking many different forms and sounds throughout the duration of the record, one thing that stood out the most was definitely the phenomenal and eccentric vocal performance by Javier Calderon, who’s wide vocal rage fit well into seemingly every style and tempo that Rafal Bowman put together for him to sing over. While the guitar work by Rafal is certainly well performed, the lack of tonal changes in its sound does tend to become slightly monotonous over time, making the experimental and synth-driven sections a breath of fresh air in between the extended guitar parts that do have a tendency to blend together. Speaking of the more experimental and softer sections, they are done absolutely beautifully, oftentimes creating an extremely atmospheric ambiance that contrasts very nicely with the sci-fi influenced prog metal instrumentation, which as I said, can be expected to go on a little long without much sonic variation in tone or aesthetic. The softer and more atmospheric sections with a heavy emphasis on synth leads and deeper vocals are easily the highlight of the album, proving that that’s what the duo does best, and it’s not something you hear every day.
If sci-fi, video game soundtrack inspired prog metal sounds like your thing, then I really don’t see any reason why you wouldn't like this record. If it’s not your thing, however, then there’s really not much that is being offered to you here. This project is clearly aiming for a specific niche and fanbase, without much of an attempt to reach outside of that, and that’s fine! Chaos Over Cosmos knows what it wants to do, and it does it well without promising to be anything more, and that self-awareness is not something most bands as niche as this often have about themselves.