As an artist myself, I can clearly understand what they have done here. All successful artists start creating work by taking the best parts off their influences, just like I mentioned above. Yet, in my book, this is valid only for beginners. Whatever the creation might be, it evolves in time. Almost all creative people know that we never liked what we created for the first time, and as we kept doing it, they started to get more meaningful in time. In this case, Chaotic Order, for me, a powerful blend of all these different influences with advanced musicianship, tons of creative ideas, and elements.
On the other side of the coin, the young band has a lot to improve. First of all, the album briefly lacks experience. First of all, I can sense that all these compositions were built upon instrumentation. I can hear this from vocal parts. The instrumentation provides the necessary foundation, and the vocalist endlessly improvises. I can’t say I am a fan of too much freedom. When you don’t limit yourself within certain borders, your message will lose its point. In this case, I would have recommended getting back to the instrumentation once again after finishing the vocal parts, and trying to make them vibe more meaningful together. Unfortunately, almost all these songs have too much freedom, which caused the same; losing the point. It’s like the example of one kilogram of rock and one kilogram of cotton. This is more like one kilogram of cotton, to me. Dozens of ideas, elements, notes, sections, emotions, etc… yet it doesn’t leave anything in your memory. Imagine reading a book and having nothing left in your memory afterward.
Secondly, in my book, the essence of good music is the way it builds up a certain feeling/mood in you. I remember reading someone’s comment on a Pantera song once; “I want to punch somebody every time I listen to this song.” The djent music style lately is having a challenge of creating original characters within the game. Many people feel the same that everybody’s doing the same thing over and over again, only with different notes. In Chaotic Order, there are definitely some impressive parts, instrumentation, vocal lines, intros, connections, etc. I accept the fact that this is complex music with complex instrumentation. However, as a huge metal music fan who fell in love with this music because of the amount of energy it produces, I can’t say I have found what I was looking for in Chaotic Order.
When I take all these into account, I’d like to say that I have had a good time listening to Chaotic Order, and I am positive about the future of Protal. Chaotic Order is a big step forward for the band, and I am sure they will be getting closer to the Ultimate Protal character every time they make a new record because this isn’t the Protal yet; this is just Lewis Fowler and John Manning warming up.
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