AMEN frontman Casey Chaos recently conducted an e-mail interview with ScandinavianMetal.Info about the group's recent lineup changes and his SCUM side project with current and former members of EMPEROR, ZYKLON, TURBONEGRO and MINDGRINDER. An excerpt from the interview follows:
ScandinavianMetal.Info: There is a lot of anticipation among the black metal community about what SCUM will sound like? Would be fair to hypothesis due to the mention of SABBATH and NEUROSIS as influences that the project has a doom metal edge to it?
Casey Chaos: "I would say dark as oppossed to doom, but the elements of the album as a whole are truly unique and unpredictable."
ScandinavianMetal.Info: How did it feel to be playing in the same band as people who played on such legendary releases as "In the Nightside Eclipse" and "Apocalypse Dudes"?
Casey Chaos: "It's an honor. I love and support both bands to the utmost!"
ScandinavianMetal.Info: Has an album title been decided on for the debut SCUM album? And do you know at this date which label will release it?
Casey Chaos: "The name for the album has not been finalized yet. Samoth said 'Gospels for the Sick', so I think that's gonna be it, but no label deal is signed yet. We are still free and we still have to mix it, so we will see what title best fits the album then."
ScandinavianMetal.Info: Why was the name SCUM chosen for this group?
Casey Chaos: "Faust came up with the name and we all thought it fit. It was the first name and i think the best."
ScandinavianMetal.Info: How did you first get into black metal in the first place?, and how did you get in contact with members of the Norwegian black metal scene?
Casey Chaos: "I have been friends with Killjoy [NECROPHAGIA] half my life. I have been friends with Mortiis and Satyr for a long time now, spent lots of time in Oslo and made many plans. We met two years ago for this project, which now is SCUM. Mortiis is also contributing to SCUM as well so there you got 3/4 of the original EMPEROR lineup, the chemistry between Samoth and Faust is the real magic."
Read Casey Chaos' entire interview with ScandinavianMetal.Info at this location.