In literature, the Cyberpunk genre began in the early 80’s. In music, the Cyberpunk genre began in 2003 with the birth of the hybrid project of the brothers Arco & Syco Trauma - Chrysalide.
Chapter one: The larva crawls.
Having founded the Audiotrauma collective in 2002, (an organisation and underground label directed to the digital and corrosive cultures based in Strasbourg, France), both brothers brought together themes and ideas that would become Chrysalide. This French word comes from the Greek language meaning gold because butterflies often have a brighter pupa than other insects. It expresses a metaphor on the human race – how behind every worm, who we are, there is a butterfly. If apathy does not overcome us, there is that possibility of growing in to a butterfly.
Drawing their roots from the dark, violent and committed electronic music scene, they quickly made this project in to a constantly changing creature without limits.
Chrysalide's first release, the 'Lost EP', was released in 2005 on Audiotrauma records. The name fits as, at present, there are few remaining copies available. The release expresses themes of a preference towards a dystopian vision, the devastation of the consumer society, the alienation and the dependence on new technologies and the quest of finding oneself in a complex world with very dark horizons.
Chapter two: The larva begins to weave its cocoon.
After 2 years of concerts in four corners of Europe, sound experiments, and other internal experiences, Chrysalide released their first album 'Lost in a lost world' (Available on Audiotrauma records). Although a continuation of the 'Lost EP', Arco and Syco released an album that was less repetitive and a lot richer sounding than their first EP.
Although the media boasted that Chrysalide seemed to be the natural successors to Skinny Puppy, Chrysalide had many other different facets, even though Skinny Puppy remain an influence. They progressed by creating new sounds and new environments, which enabled them to reach out to a larger and varied audience.
Chapter three: The cocoon is weaved
Working as a duo, Chrysalide found certain freedoms, but also realised working this way that there were limits to what they could achieve, and in 2009 they decided to add Amnesy (ex Neon Cage Experiment) to the band.
The fusion is immediate. Amnesy finds his place in the creative process quickly, particularly in the visual aspect of Chrysalide. With this new inspiration in the process, the trio decide to head back in to the studio to create a new album, and in 2011 produce 'Don’t Be Scared It’s About Life'.
It was already difficult to attach a particular sound to Chrysalide, but now it seemed completely impossible. With elements of industrial, hip hop, punk, and sometimes harsh, sometimes epic sounds, the album and the concerts that follow the release make a lot of noise in Europe, which bring Chrysalide a lot of attention.
Having previously only released under their own label, Audiotrauma, Chrysalide is spotted by the labels Artoffact (Canada / the USA) and Dependent (Europe), who decide to re-release 'Don’t Be Scared It’s About Life' in their respective territories.
oct 10th 2014: PERSONAL REVOLUTION is OUT
The noise guerilla is only just getting started....