Michael Ciravolo’s Beauty In Chaos is celebrating the release of it’s new album ‘The Storm Before The Calm’. This is the third full length album from Beauty In Chaos which hinges on a more dark and brooding edge this time in it’s ever growing evolution and changing cast of industry luminaries. Michael and a few of the Beauty In Chaos supporting musicians were kind enough to answer a few questions for Torched on the new album, working with BIC and reflections on the meaning of ‘goth’. The album was coincidentally released on this years ‘World Goth Day’ on May 22, 2020, without intention.
“Undaunted and unscathed by the studio software/hardware meltdowns and the unprecedented global pandemic shutdown, here is our new album. I am in complete awe of the amazing artists; some returning, some new that have lent their voices and words to make this record possible. And I‘m eternally grateful to our growing BIC FAMILY that continue this journey with us,” says BIC curator mastermind Michael Ciravolo.
Michael Ciravolo and Michael Rozon at SAINTinLA Studio
I noticed that Beauty In Chaos so happens to be releasing the newest album ‘The Storm Before The Calm’ on this years World Goth Day.. Did you time this on purpose or was it by chance? What does being ‘goth’ mean to you these days? Has your perspective changed over time? And how has this influenced your style of music?
Michael Ciravolo – Honestly it was totally by chance … but hey I’ll take credit for being a marketing genius! We had a release date planned in early February, but due to some studio computer issues, I was forced to push back the date. We changed gears and put out our video ‘A Kind Cruelty’ to fill the void as we finished the record. May 22nd was just another day on the calendar until my PR company said ‘Hey … you know that’s World Goth Day, right?’. In BIC fashion, things happen for a reason and with the overall dark vibe of this record, it is indeed the perfect release date. To me, ‘goth’ is about those original ‘core’ bands … The Sisters, Bauhaus, The Cure, and The Mission. There are others, and some that I mentioned say they are not goth. I look at it as a vibe, and an attitude and a fashion. Musically it is certainly where I cut my teeth as a guitarist… dark minor chords drenched in red wine and echo! Spending much of my musical life in Human Drama and Gene Loves Jezebel … two bands that certainly appeal to the darkwave crowd, I know first-hand how loyal those fans are. They tend to not ‘outgrow’ you and do listen to, and hang on to, the lyrics.
Curse Mackey – It’s about being expressive and artistic with an appreciation and often times morose sense of humor towards a darker aesthetic of art, fashion, music, literature, and lifestyle. As I’m drawn towards the dark, I’m also aware of the light, warmth, kindness and sense of community that exists amongst goths. It’s nice to see someone dressed up and looking cool when you are in a strange or foreign land where you do not know many people…you instantly know you are not alone in the world.
Michael Ciravolo photo by Anabel DFlux
What was your inspiration behind your new release? What are a few differences from the previous releases that fans can expect?
Michael Ciravolo – I really wanted this to be a darker, more linear record – sort of void of the grand choruses from our debut release. I did delve back into my mid-80s vinyl … ‘First and Last and Always, Pornography, God’s Own Medicine and Disintegration. There is a ‘feel’ that I get from these albums … almost a cold temperature. I can’t really explain … but I wanted that. I had originally planned for this to be an EP, especially since both of our previous releases were massive listens. For anyone hearing our new album, I think it is very obvious which 4 songs that would have been. In the end, we did add two additional tracks which I think in a weird way works in the context of this as an album. I know the vinyl’s final song, ‘Stranger’ segues perfectly into what I see as the next incarnation of Beauty In Chaos.
So far you’ve released two videos for ‘The Delicate Balance Of All Things’ ft Wayne Hussy and ‘A Kind Cruelty’ ft Curse Mackey off the new album. Do you have plans to produce any more videos supporting the new album?
Michael Ciravolo – We had planned to do several more videos from this album. Covid and some other issues derailed our plans like I am sure so many others. With Los Angeles slowly coming back to life, we are shooting a video for ‘Stranger’, which features Holy Wars’s, Kat Leon. I really love this song, and Kat is truly amazing. We have a very different and cinematic concept planned for this one. With another remix record in the planning stages for a Halloween release (isn’t that goth of us!), I would still like to fill the gap with at lease one more video from ‘TSBTC’. I think ‘Almost Pure’ and ‘The Outside’ are so lyrically visual that they demand to be seen!!
Ashton Nyte contributed his vocals and lyrics once again on the new song ‘‘The Outside’. He shares his thoughts and experiences as he returns for the new album.
Michael reached out to me with the instrumental of what would become “The Outside” at a rather tumultuos time in my life. My wife and I were in the process of moving house, while I was feverishly preparing to leave on a mammoth 36 date European tour with Wayne Hussey and still recovering from a near death altercation with a pile of bricks. Such is my love for Michael, his work and what we have created together on the previous Beauty In Chaos releases, that I climbed off the treadmill, adjusted my bandages and wrote the lyrics and vocal melody for The Outside immediately. It is yet another one of those songs we have written together that seems more poignant in our current state of pandemic dystopia than it did when writing it. Once again, Michael’s sonic canvas proved a fertile and inspiring catalyst for me to do what I do best and I think the song was completed in 24 or 48 hours, much like “Storm” on the debut album. Here’s to Michael and the BIC family!
“As we say goodnight and dream of the outside” … Ashton Nyte
Ashton Nyte photo by Todd Davis, coat by Rose Mortem, guitar by Schecter Guitars
Steven Seibold shares his thoughts on working with Beauty And Chaos and his contributing vocals and lyrics on ‘Almost Pure’.
Steven Seibold – What a great honor to write with such a longtime friend. It makes sense though. Michael and I have always been crazy about much of the same music. Not to mention, as supportive of one another as we could possibly be. ‘Almost Pure’ came to me as a lush and tragic sounding plea for love. Every single one of my favorite songs are love songs. They don’t have to be hopeful and sweet, especially from guys like Michael and I. This one is torn apart and weeping over what once was and the lyrics just dripped out like the last IV bottle in the ward.
Steven Seibold and Michael Ciravolo image graphic by Ryan Martin/Jammerzine
Curse Mackey talks about his experience working with Michael Ciravolo and Beauty In Chaos and his inspiration for the lyrics to ‘A Kind Cruelty’.
CURSE – Working with Michael has been a blast. We have a good synergy and our creative communication was inspired throughout the whole thing. I tend to shy away from these types of guest appearances but I really liked the initial instrumental demo Michael sent me. I caught myself humming the music a few hours after I first listened so I grabbed a mic, pen and paper and got to work. I really enjoyed the recording and writing process and the mix of the track sounds stellar, it’s got an uplifting power to it. The video shoot was a lot of fun. A talented crew, lots of wine, candles, fire breathing, vampires, eerie fog, just another day at the office really.
The lyrics I wrote for ‘A Kind Cruelty’ are a real-life fantasy based on an out-of-body-experience I experienced while recording the song. A verbal vortex of words made out of a vision. Or a vision made from words. It’s hard to tell what came first. Some how we arrived in this time and place, so I think the words unfolded well. It’s all a bit surrealistic and cinematic.
Michael Ciravolo and Curse Mackey video still for ‘A Kind Cruelty’
Beauty In Chaos a masterfully curated musical endeavor by Michael Ciravolo, who is not only an outstanding and well respected musician, engineer and producer in his own right but also the President and CEO of Schecter Guitar Research. His project brings together some of the most iconic names in the music world which includes, Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Simon Gallup (The Cure), Michael Aston (Gene Love Jezebel), Robin Zander, Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Michael Rozon, Kevin Haskins (Love And Rockets), John Fryer and Al Jourgensen (Ministry), to name a few.
- The Outside ft. Ashton Nyte
- Almost Pure ft. Steven Seibold (Hate Dept./ Pigface)
- Temple of Desire ft. Rafe Pearlman
- A Kind Cruelty ft. Curse Mackey
- The Delicate Balance of All Things ft. Wayne Hussey
- Stranger ft. Kat Leon (Holy Wars)
- The Storm Before The Calm ft. Adrienne Lavey (CD/digital only)
Beauty In Chaos’ new full length album The Storm Before The Calm is now available for purchase through BIC’s website HERE. The new album was recorded at Ciravolo’s own SAINTinLA Studio, released via LA-based label 33.3 Music Collective and was produced by Michael Rozon (Grammy-nominated for his work with Ministry). Previous album releases ‘finding beauty in chaos’ and ‘beauty re-envisioned’ are both available through the BIC website and Bandcamp.