AMEN Frontman: Convicted Murderer FAUST Is 'The Nicest Man'

In a recent interview with Britain's Rock Sound magazine, AMEN frontman Casey Chaos spoke about his SCUM project, which also features in its ranks Samoth (ZYKLON, EMPEROR), Bård G. Eithun (a.k.a. Faust) (ex-EMPEROR), Happy Tom (TURBONEGRO), and Cosmocrator (MINDGRINDER). Asked if he ever addressed Faust's past with him (the drummer was jailed in 1994 for arson, burglary, and murder, stabbing a homosexual man 14 times outside the Olympic Park in Lillehammer, Norway after the man made a pass at him), Casey said, "No, I never addressed it and I never judged. I never really thought about it. To me, American murder is as common as apple pie. Rappers are killing left and right and center. There are a lot of people who kill; they kill their neighbor for a yelling dog or whatever, and they get out on bail the next day. When I met Faust, I can honestly say there isn't a single human in the world that I would trust with my finances [more] than him. He is so dedicated, full of integrity and honest. The prison system in Norway differs from the prison system in America; you're a better criminal when you come out in America, when you come out here, he is a changed man, he is the nicest man. You would never imagine the stories you hear about that guy. I think the biggest crime is they [Samoth and Faust] haven't been able to play together for 10 years."

SCUM's debut album, "Gospels for the Sick", was released in Europe in early September via Dogjob Records, a division of Tuba. Candlelight Records USA issued the album in North America on October 4. A video for the album cut "Protest Life" can be viewed at this location (Quicktime required).

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