Of musicality in languages wrapped in chaos
The second full length "Humanitarian War Machine" by SCARS OF CHAOS is not to be digested easily. But convoluted song structures and bilingual lyrics are as well results of deliberate steps as the renaming from Daemonic Alchemy to SCARS OF CHAOS. Guitarist DarkOne provides an insight into the world of the symphonic extreme metal of the French.
Everything starts with Daemonic Alchemy in 1997 with the line-up Angelus (keys), Evil Tongue (vocals), Horde (drums), Sardius (bass), Frost (guitars) and DarkOne. Four demos enter this world, und finally being in the Drudenhaus studio in 2002, SCARS OF CHAOS can seriously imagine releasing an album for the first time."Another promo was released in 2003 and things seemed to develop pretty well. We signed a very interesting deal with an English label which unfortunately did not fulfil its obligations - especially in financial terms. So we ended up with a heap of debts which had to be settled with the studio which almost resulted in the end of the band. The following albums were released as SCARS OF CHAOS." The renaming from Daemonic Alchemy to SCARS OF CHAOS has several, comprehensible reasons as DarkOne explains. "First of all it's the consequence of a contractual problem. The year following the washout with the first deal we have reached the point to give up the band but an American label contacted us again and we opted to 'set the table again'. As the English contract has still been effective, as one of our founding members - Frost - wasn't with us anymore and as we felt the desire to give it another try we decided to change the name. SCARS OF CHAOS matches exactly the essence of the music as well as the lyrics, and into the bargain it also sounds good."
What doesn't really seem to fit when you
listen to "Humanitarian War Machine" the first time is the cover artwork. "Well, we thought about
that thoroughly and we wanted to separate ourselves from the usual artworks for this kind of music. So we gave Gui from
viciousart.com total freedom to come up with something off the beaten track. Furthermore our lyrics are neither inspired
by the Middle Ages, nor borrowed from religious folklore." Besides the artwork SCARS OF CHAOS also leave other
well-known paths, abandon the corpse paint and shift their lyrical inspirations. "We do not listen
to only one kind of music, and Black Metal is a mentality, which can be found in the lyrics as well as in the attitudes
of the band. It emerged the we - apart from some influences in our music - do not share this mentality. This doesn't
mean that we don't appreciate Black Metal but we feel less restricted this way. There was a time when our lyrics contained
more clichés, eminently on the demos of the Daemonic Alchemy era. But we have to admit that there was not much substance
behind that. Today it's different. It suffices to behold your own surroundings to find inspiration. The hypocrisy, the
free will to submission to superiour powers, may they be human or not, the blindness to the indirect consequences of our
doings... I do not criticise human nature but the fact that those who occupy the moral high ground cause more ill than
the others. I know this sounds pretty vague but I want everyone to form his own view on every track."
This could be foredoomed by the fact that the lyrics of SCARS OF CHAOS often consist of English and French parts.
"In regards to the sound, the musicality of every language, there are passages which seem to be
predestined for the French or English language. This adds a certain drive to the chant and to the meaning of the lyrcis.
The French parts are generally dimmer and more severe in their essence. I know it must be frustrating for those who don't
understand the language."