The debut release ‘Finding Beauty In Chaos’ by Michael Ciravolo’s Beauty In Chaos is nothing short of a carefully curated masterpiece that brings some of the best musical elements of the past forward to today and beyond. When I first learned of this new project it really excited me to know that this dream convergence would include many of my all time favorite musicians. The list of names instantly sparked that same kind of curiosity and intrigue that led me to discover these artists to begin with thirty some odd years before.
Beauty In Chaos includes such luminaries as Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Simon Gallup (The Cure), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Michael Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel) and Al Jourgensen (Ministry), to name a few. There’s a little something for everyone here but will especially appeal to the old school goth/ alternative community.
There are so many gems waiting to be discovered off ‘Finding Beauty In Chaos’ that it’s hard to know where to begin. Whether it’s the historic FIRST TIME EVER collaboration between Wayne Hussey and Simon Gallup on the track ‘Man Of Faith,’ to the long awaited ‘Road To Rosario’ featuring Michael Aston, the emotions will surely stir.. (I’m not going to lie.. both tracks brought me to tears). Get ready to also be swept off your feet with the angelic vocals of Tish Ciravolo, Evi Vine, and Betsy Martin on the tracks ‘Look Up,’ ‘ I Will Follow You,’ and ‘Heliotrope.’ Goth legend Ashton Nyte also lends his powerful lyrics and deeply entrancing vocals on three tracks ‘Storm,’ ‘Bloodless And Fragile,’ and ‘Finding Beauty In Chaos.’ Al Jourgensen puts his epic spin on the T-Rex classic ‘Twentieth Century Boy’ while Robin Zander with Michael Anthony add more of a rock edge on the track ‘Drifting Away.’ Even though there is so much to offer and discover on the entire album, the one constant throughout every track is the melodic and spellbinding guitar work by Michael Ciravolo, the mastermind behind Beauty In Chaos. He is also the President and CEO of Schecter Guitar Research.
People often ask what drives my everyday torch for the music and doing my part in helping to keep that dream alive.. It’s about finding that beauty in the chaos that we live in and that is all around us. Music is the one constant that threads the chapters of our lives together like a beautiful mosaic magic carpet that takes us anywhere we would like to go. Music stirs the soul with all of those feelings that want to be expressed whether it’s yearning for that true love or feelings of sorrow over a love lost. You can literally go wherever you would like to go and is always that one friend that will never abandon your side through all that life throws at you.
Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, my brother gave me a stack of records in the late 70’s that would mark my true beginnings of music discovery and self-expression. I would just sit for hours investigating the covers and listening to entire albums at a time. In the 80’s finding great underground music proved rather difficult too, the search was real. It truly took a whole lot of effort for me with day trips to LA’s record stores, late night alternative radio, and magazines or simply by word of mouth. The music was harder to find but yet seemed to be far more meaningful.
The fine art of discovery has somehow been lost over time to a world of instant gratification. Cherry picking songs one by one digitally has become the norm for many. Instead of going into great detail about every song, I feel like ‘Finding Beauty In Chaos’ is an album that wants to be discovered track-by-track and listened to from start to finish. The instant gratification of listening to one song at a time would be a great disservice to all listeners. My suggestion would be to definitely spend some time with Beauty In Chaos as ‘Finding Beauty In Chaos’ is a journey of discovery reminiscent of yesteryear brought forth in the modern age.
The evolution of BIC includes the following talented artists to date; Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Tim Palmer (Tim Palmer) Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Simon Gallup (The Cure), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Evi Vine (Evi Vine), Michael Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel), Johnny Indovina (Human Drama), dUg Pinnick (Kings X), Pete Parada (The Offspring), Betsy Martin (Caterwaul/ Purr Machine), Marc Danzeisen (The Riverdogs), Kevin Kipnis (Kommunity FK /Purr Machine), Dirk Doucette (Gene Loves Jezebel), Pando (A Flock of Seagulls), Rudy Matchinga (Red Scare), Tish Ciravolo (Stun Gun) and ICE-T (Body Count).
A follow-up ‘remix’ album , beauty re-envisioned is simultaneously in the works and has a plan release date of March 2019. This record will have mix interpretations and alternate versions by the likes of Tim Palmer, John Fryer, Mark Gemini Thwaite and Tyler Bates.
We first introduced you to Beauty In Chaos back in early August with an extensive and exclusive interview that can be read in full HERE. Also, we reviewed the first track ‘Storm’ featuring Ashton Nyte (The Awakening) HERE.
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