The word Chaoseum means museum of Chaos.
Up and coming Swiss based band Chaoseum was Founded in 2018 by Loïc Duruz and Valery Veings, both former guitarists of Symphonic Metal band Elferya. Theres Greg Turini on Drums and Singer CK Smiles joined the band later in February 2019, after their first album.
CHAOSEUM band hails from Switzerland. When creating music the band likes to explore different styles. They’re not really fixed on a singular genre. They like to reinvent themselves while simultaneously reviving the nu-metal sound of the nineties, a musical era the band grew up in. They are a fusion of nu- metal and metalcore. They released the song Smile Again during the pandemic and it exceeded 1M views on Youtube within 1 week. At this stage of the game they began to take thing a little more serious.
CHAOSEUM’S new album The Third Eye is definitely worth checking out. Theres talent here. The production is good and you can hear the intensive hard work and detail they put into every song. Dance On My Grave, Welcome Home, My Wonderland and Sanctum Cinerem have thick, monumental sound characterized by distorted guitars, extended guitar solos and emphatic beats that aptly produce a recurring chaotic theme. The verses on Welcome Home are incredible but then the chorus kind of throws you off. The bridge on Satctum Cinerem is extraordinary and reminds me of The Hating by Korn. Unreal has very dark lyrical content with hidden messages. My favorite track on the album is The Third Eye. Its a phenomenal album, I’m still digesting it. Their music is showing why there’s an upsurge in their ever growing fan base in the metalcore scene.
In the immortal words of the late great Hilly Kristal, “There’s something there, there’s definitely something there.” It will be very interesting to see what their sound evolves into in the future.
A brief history of the band
CK started playing music with his father at the age of 5, with whom he played his first concert. On his 8th birthday he started to study classical guitar at the conservatory of Lausanne.
CK: “Music is the best way to express all emotions. I started to play music with my dad when I was a little kid and I’ve never quit… and I never will.”
Loïc started playing guitar in 2002. He is totally self-taught. It’s while watching videos and live performances of bands like Deftones and Korn on MTV that inspired him to play guitar and start a band.
Valery is a big fan of Iron Maiden and it was while watching the live show “After Death” that he decided to buy his first guitar and start playing it.
Greg has always had a passion for drums. He started playing the drums at a very young age and decided to make it his profession and study at the conservatory. Today he teaches drums in his own school.
Metal Lair: How did you all meet and what was the catalyst in deciding to form a band?
Chaoseum: Valery and Loïc wanted to do a lot of gigs and for that we left our old band to create Chaoseum. Greg followed us directly and we contacted CK to join us.
Metal Lair: Who writes the lyrics and who writes the music?
Chaoseum: There is not a precisely defined rule. Loïc usually brings the musical part he shares with CK. In collaboration, they finalize the framework. Greg and I bring a little touch with our style of play. Regarding the lyrics, that’s CK and myself. The lyrics always come after the music because the latter inspires us for the theme of the lyrics. The edgelines are then created by CK. For the instrumental composition it is Loïc who composes the first drafts of the songs and then the arrangements are made with the band.
Metal Lair: Some bands write songs about politics, religion and other controversial material. Are there any subjects you consider off limits that you wont write about?
Chaoseum: We do not wish to give our political opinions. We prefer to talk about subjects that affect us personally and our life experiences.
Metal Lair: Your new album is phenomenal. Ive listened to it several times now. For me the stand out track is “The Third Eye.” What made you write this song and how did you come up with the intro?
Chaoseum: “Third Eye” was the intro to “Fly Away” but when we were arranging it we decided to make it a track. So we decided to create a heavy bass line and add some cello because CK plays it. We wanted to create something very atmospheric and CK had the good idea to do some oriental vocals to give this vibe
Metal Lair: The song Unreal is intense and has very dark lyrics. Are these lyrics personal? Who wrote this song and what exactly is this song about?
Chaoseum: “Unreal” talks about CK Smiles past and more precisely about his relationship with religion.
Metal Lair: What is the song I Sexy Zombie about exactly?
Chaoseum: In “I sexy zombie”, CK puts himself in the shoes of Hannibal Lecter.
Metal Lair: What is the music scene like in Switzerland? Do you guys play a lot of local shows there?
Chaoseum: In Switzerland, we have some good festivals and concerts. Like the Greenfield festival, etc. People like to go to festivals, but they don’t go to the concert halls as much to see the bands play. We have played a few gigs at home but we usually get more requests from other countries
Metal Lair: Do you all hang out together when not doing band stuff?
Chaoseum: Yes of course. We meet up and go to concerts and also for lunch, etc…
Metal Lair: What is everyones favorite movie?
Loïc: The Exorcism of Emily Rose
CK Smile: La Ruée vers l’or de Chaplin
Valery: Cheakspear in Love
Metal Lair: What is everyones favorite food to eat?
CK Smile: Indian Food
Greg: Tomahawk with French Fries and Vegetables
Valery: Grill Stone
Metal Lair: What is next for Chaoseum?
Chaoseum: The promotion of our new album and the preparation of a tour in 2023
Metal Lair: Do you have any final words for your fans?
Chaoseum: Keep your Smile Motherfucker!
- Sexy Zombie
- Dance On My Grave
- The Third Eye
- Fly Away
- My Wonderland
- Welcome Home
- Until The End
- Sanctum Cinerem
- What I
Chaoseum - My Wonderland (Official video)
Directed by: Jason Borruso
Director Of Photography: Cedric Friedli
Assistant: Gad Baumgratz