Joel Kent is an enigma of some sorts. Out of all the artists that I have reviewed, information on him has been the hardest to find. It could be that this is his debut release or maybe he just likes his privacy. Whatever it is, I think that his obscurity is a good thing because it means that nothing gets in the way of the music. Perfect Khaos is described by its creator as “toxic waste alternative…based on memories and references…from sci-fi, to dream depiction, reference to "soul sellin'", to faster-than-light travel with the aid of an element made from Cheddar cheese…” From guitars and piano to composing and mixing, Joel Kent does it all on Perfect Khaos and the effort paid off because it is an album that straight-up rocks!
“Neon Witches” is the ideal song to get you into the music of Joel Kent. Its hectic pace gets the blood pumping. I can definitely picture witches flying through the night sky to this song and engaging in all sorts of mischief. This type of creativity and imagination is a staple of the album. “Spirit Rush” is a lively song whose energy is enhanced by the clamoring of the drums. It has a fun beat and a killer guitar part and gets pretty wild near the end. At times, it reminds me of video game music. Drastically switching the tempo is “Beautiful Reflection.” The mellow song sounds like a soundtrack to a dream. “Bad Dreams of Elephants” sports a funky hard rock sound that reminds me of the classic rock from the 70s.
Joel moves west for inspiration on “Dust and Haze.” It has that dusty mining town feel that ends to the sound of a train starting up. With its nonsensical name reminiscent of Lewis Carroll, “Jabblahhh” is a high energy song that comes out rocking and never stops. Following that up is the light and breezy “Forward Memories.” The music continues to mesmerize on the eventful “Cheddite.” “Necronom Graveyard” is one eerie song that would make for appropriate funeral music. “'L' Arlesienne' Suite No. 2: IV. Farandole” is a musically adventurous song that brings the album to its rapturous conclusion.
Joel Kent’s Perfect Khaos is a brilliant and promising debut album that rock fans will enjoy. If you are looking for something a bit different, then Perfect Khaos is what you need. He is the type of artist that I will be following and will be looking forward to future releases.
Key Tracks: Neon Witches, Spirit Rush, Jabblahhh, Cheddite
Brian McKinnon – Sr. MuzikReviews.com Staff
July 7, 2012