Beauty in Chaos pairs with Steven Seibold (Hate Dept., Pigface) on new single 'Almost Pure'
"Stunning musical and, in particular, six-string intricacy that mixes Ciravolo’s love of rock, pop, post-punk, goth, new wave and other styles and wraps it all in layers of lush, ringing, occasionally grimy and often heavily effected guitars" –Guitar World
"Guitarist Michael Ciravolo assembled an all-star cast for his moody hard-hitting album... Intense" –Rolling Stone
"Both records offer a rich sonic palette of unabashed gothic rock and post-punk romanticism, that reverberates through the varied inputs of a melange of musicians who are masters of their craft" –Post-Punk.com
"True evolution - just hits you like a sucker punch.... mesmerized and captivated" –Jammerzine
"A new gothic rock project... hauntingly heavy and beautiful" –LA Weekly
American alt-rock supergroup Beauty in Chaos presents their new single'Almost Pure' featuring Steven Seibold of the popular industrial-synth-punk Hate Dept., which he formed in 1991 and still continues today. Over the years, he has also contributed to Pigface, together with Martin Atkins.
Beauty in Chaos' forthcoming album 'The Storm Before The Calm'will be released on May 22 via LA-based label 33.3 Music Collectivein time for World Goth Day. Recorded at Ciravolo's own SAINT in LA Studio, it was produced by ichael Rozon, Grammy-nominated for his work with Ministry.
'Almost Pure' is the third single from the album to be previewed, following 'A Kind Cruelty' featuring Curse Mackey (Pigface, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Evil Mothers) and 'The Delicate Balance of All Things' featuring The Mission frontman Wayne Hussey.
Beauty in Chaos is the brainchild of guitarist Michael Ciravolo. Originally from New Orleans and now based in Los Angeles, he is best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research. He also played guitar in Human Drama for 30 years, in addition to playing live and recording with Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.
Steven Seibold is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, producer, music director, recording artist and performing musician. As a writer, performer and producer, he has released records as Hate Dept., Standalone, muet, Berlin, Information Society, Pigface, Damage Manual, Super Sport, Americlone and Seibold the Terrible. He has also been creating music for television commercials and motion pictures since 1995.
"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," says Steven Seibold.
"This song '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."
Beauty in Chaos mastermind Michael Ciravolo explains: "The music for this one was part of my original writing output when I sat down to write what I planned to be a ‘darker, linear’ EP. When I got the vocal demo back from longtime friend Steven Seibold of Hate Dept. and heard ‘these flowers have no scent or color …", I knew I picked the right writing partner for this soundscape! Cool minor-key guitar and synth ‘call and answer’ overlays the dark, repetitive drone bass line. The song ebbs and flows without getting overly grand. I have always been a fan of Seibold’s quicky biting industrial whit and delivery; and he integrates himself seemlessly into what turned into ‘Almost Pure’.
In 2018, Beauty in Chaos released their acclaimed debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’, followed by the ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ album (2019). Other BIC artists include Simon Gallup (The Cure), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Pete Parada (The Offspring), dUg Pinnick (Kings X), ICE-T (Body Count), producer Tim Palmer, guitar icon Zakk Wylde, Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), Rolan Bolan, Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Michael Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel), Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson), Michael Aston and Dirk Doucette (Gene Loves Jezebel), Pando (A Flock of Seagulls), UMMAGMA, Evi Vine, Johnny Indovina (Human Drama), Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), Betsy Martin (Caterwaul / Purr Machine), Kevin Kipnis (Purr Machine) and KITTY LECTRO, among others.
'The Storm Before The Calm' will be released on CD and digitally on May 22 with a later release date to be announced for the vinyl editions. These include 180g vinyl (including a black numbered limited edition and a bllack & blue duo-tone). Pre-orders come with an immediate download of ‘A Kind Cruelty’ and the full digital release on May 22, including a 25+ minute title opus that does not appear on the vinyl version. 'The Storm Before The Calm' can be ordered here.
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
‘Almost Pure’ written by Seibold / Ciravolo
Steven Seibold : voices, synth
Michael Ciravolo: guitars, Bass, textures
Michael Rozon: synth, bass
Dirk Doucette: drums
Mixed and Produced by Michael Rozon
Michael Ciravolo photos by Anabel Dflux. Steven Seibold photo by Michelle Walters Seibold. Collage image by Ryan Martin