Exposé Online banner

Kaos Moon — After the Storm
(Kozak KO2501-2, 1994, CD)

by Mike Grimes, Published 1995-07-01

After the Storm Cover artCanadian band Kaos Moon, under the direction of vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter Bernard Ouellette, has a lot in common with other prog/pop bands of today. Their music has a sound reminiscent of weaker Saga tracks and newer Pink Floyd and Marillion. The Saga connection comes primarily from guitarist Alain Pothier, whose guitar playing is the best aspect of the album. He alternates between quick staccato notes and long crunching tones, similar to the way Ian Crichton of Saga does. Other than the guitar though, none of the instruments do anything really cool. The keyboards, bass, and drums do pretty much what you would predict they would with this type of music. The vocals alternately sound like Peter Murphy of Bauhaus and Steve Hogarth of newer Marillion, but with less personality and fullness than either of those two. Ouellette's vocal cause isn't helped by the fact that a lot of the lyrics are pretty cheesy. There's just enough different aspects to the music to keep it from being considered average pop/ rock. Two of the eight tracks are instrumentals. There's a nice slow 12-string guitar part on the second track. However, all of the rhythms are typical 4/4 or 6/8 beats. Not that there is anything wrong with either of these time signatures, but if you're going to use them exclusively for an entire album, you should at least do something interesting within them. Kaos Moon doesn't. The album is slightly interesting in parts, but overall doesn't really excite.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 7, 1994 releases

Related artist(s): Kaos Moon

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Court - Frost of Watermelon – A recent stateside tour was the first I had heard of this Italian quintet since their two WMMS label releases over a decade ago. What is surprising is how little has changed with their sound in the...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues