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CD Review
Chaos Revolution Theory - Wisconsin Stomp Rock

Chaos Revolution Theory

Wisconsin Stomp Rock
Record Label: Chaos Revolution Theory
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Review by Sal Serio
March 2013

I recently caught a live set by local Madison band, Chaos Revolution Theory, and was immediately struck by their bipolar mix of loose/casual “just plug in and go for it” attitude, with a tight, telepathic synergy shared by the three band members. I knew this was a band I should be giving some press to…attention in the way of fly-by-the-seat-of-my pants narrative regarding their latest CD, “Wisconsin Stomp Rock”.

This title is somewhat ironic, since CRT guitarist Nick Stanecki’s swampy reverberated riffs and sexy slide work portray the vibe of musicians from further down south. Maybe Wisconsin swamp rock fits better, to my twisted sensibilities?

This truly is not your typical rock/metal type release. While I find the CD to go down very smoothly as a whole, there are some moments worth individual note. Bowed bass and vibraphone on “Deep” add a sinister intrigue to the already eerie, menacing, slower tempo and ominous lyrics. Although in a different musical mindset, many of these songs leave a Nick Cave or Tom Waits impression via a certain sense of outré, or possibly like if you combined an expressionistic film (say “The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari”) with some weird kinky southern rockabilly akin to the True Blood TV show theme.

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