Jul. 04, 2012 - Issue #872: The Beer Issue
My Own Chaos
Break-ups suck, but let's be honest, they make for some great writing material.
My Own Chaos, led by front woman Connie Chaos, is touring in support of its self-titled debut album, penned by Connie in the wake of her divorce. However, this is no ordinary cliche break-up album. Rather than sappy ballads spinning tales of woe, My Own Chaos unleashes a powerful fusion of traditional metal, thrash and hard rock.
Connie, who was drawn to metal when she discovered Ozzy Osbourne at age 13, says being able to let her emotions out through songwriting is like a cheap form of therapy. The lyrics poured out effortlessly and inspiration would strike at any time, whether she was intentionally sitting down to write or not. It doesn't hurt that the genre lends itself well to letting out the full arsenal of her vocal abilities, which range from typical metal elements like low growls to more melodic moments.
"There were definitely times where it was difficult to get the words out, but other times it was definitely a release," says Connie, who also shows off her vocal talents in the tribute bands Sister Sabbath and Zeppelina. "It was good to be able to go through that and get everything off my chest and let the healing begin."
If there was any message amidst the outpour of emotion, Connie says it would be that a breakdown can also be a breakthrough. The tone of the album ends on a high note with an amped-up metal cover of No Doubt's "Hella Good."
"At the of the day, you've just got to take the positive in life," she adds. "Life is hella good, so you have to live it."
Fri, Jul 6 (7 pm)
With Jezibelle, Tribal Garage, Hamiko Deathnoize
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