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The goth-drenched brilliance of Beauty In Chaos returns. A collective project which at its core is the work of guitarist Michael Ciravolo (Human Drama) and producer Michael Rozon (Ministry), who present their third piece of work The Storm Before The Calm. I have watched this band evolve, and gain momentum, and this album is their best work. Their first Finding Beauty In Chaos and it’s follow-up involved a lot of outside artists brought in to add touches to tracks.
While this produced exceptional music, the added names of Ice T, Zakk Wylde and Michael Anthony, overshadowed what was already happening. Which is the fact that both Ciravolo and Rozon have enough talent and skill to produce great work without any other factors involved, that is the truth to Beauty In Chaos. And here there are only vocalists brought in to sing. The only thing neither of the two can do. That is why this album is so good, it strips back on the hyped artist guest list, and instead, let’s the music do the talking.
The seven tracks on offer are energetic, dark, but letting light through in transcendent waves of emotionally fired music. Kicking off with “The Outside”, featuring The Awakening’s Ashton Nyte. An atmospheric slow burner that lifts as Nyte’s vocals guide the theme. It has a tinge of the eighties to it, lending to the charm. As openers go, this is the perfect scene-setter of what is to come. “Almost Pure” is a perfect example of what I originally stated. Michael produces riffs while Michael R builds the intense backdrop. The vocals of Steven Seibold do not over power the musical landscape, instead he manages to blend in perfectly.
There is no straying from the scope of excellence on offer throughout The Storm Before The Calm. It is an album which deserves investigation, and more so repeated listening. I feel from the first play the listener immediately becomes involved with the sound, though every play opens up a different dynamic which may not be noticed on one play through. This is a new chapter in the life of Beauty In Chaos, and it is to date the most absorbing outing.
1. The Outside ft. Ashton Nyte
2. Almost Pure ft. Steven Seibold (Hate Dept./ Pigface)
3. Temple of Desire ft. Rafe Pearlman
4. A Kind Cruelty ft. Curse Mackey
5. The Delicate Balance of All Things ft. Wayne Hussey
6. Stranger ft. Kat Leon (Holy Wars)
7. The Storm Before The Calm ft. Adrienne Lavey
CD and Digital Version include the 25+ minute opus “The Storm Before The Calm” which does not appear on the Vinyl Version
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