Casey Chaos

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Casey Chaos
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Performing with Amen.
Background information
Birth name Karim Chmielinski
Born New York, New York, US.
Genres Punk rock
Hardcore punk
Black metal
Alternative metal
Occupations Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1990 –present
Labels Roadrunner
Sony Music
Associated acts Amen
Disorderly Conduct
Queens of the Stone Age
Henry Rollins
Christian Death
The Damned
This Is Menace
Scars on Broadway
Vanilla Ice
Website [1]

Casey Chaos - real name Karim Chmielinski[1] - (born October 9, 1969) is the frontman, guitarist, bassist, vocalist, and songwriter for punk rock solo project Amen (formerly a band of the same name). Chaos is known for his energetic stage performance - earning him awards as best frontman of the year[citation needed]. Chaos fronts the band Scum as a side project. He has worked with a variety of other artists through the course of his musical career.

Early life and Amen[edit]

Chmielinski was born in New York, NY, and lived in Florida during his adolescence. After seeing Black Flag for the first time, Chmielinski's life was forever changed.[2] He started recording songs for his first hardcore band Casey and the Skate Punx, the name of which was later changed to Disorderly Conduct. Chmielinski appears to have started to refer to himself by the soubriquet Casey Chaos around this time. Disorderly Conduct released one album - "Amen" - and were featured on various contemporary compilations, both on cassette and vinyl.

Chaos subsequently moved to California and changed the name of the band to Amen. Upon meeting Rikk Agnew (Adolescents, D.I., Christian Death), Amen was seemingly put into hibernation[citation needed] while the pair began a musical collaboration that led to Chaos playing bass with the reunited original Christian Death. Subsequently, Chaos returned to Amen, releasing a succession of albums ('Slave', 'Amen', 'We Have Come For Your Parents', 'Join or Die', 'Gun of a Preacher Man', 'Death Before Musick'), and a box set ('Pisstory: A Catalogue of Accidents/A Lifetime Of Mistakes') which included pre-Amen material. Chaos wrote and recorded everything on the records with the exception of drums, which were always recorded by Shannon Larkin, however a full band was assembled for live appearances. Their concert performances led them to receive awards as 'best live band in the world'[citation needed] and 'best overall [band] in the world' from Metal Hammer magazine[citation needed].

Projects beyond Amen[edit]

In 2006, Chaos performed with Rat Scabies and Brian James, former members of original 1976 English punk band The Damned to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the release of their debut album "Damned Damned Damned", by performing it in entirety at London's famous 100 Club; an event that caused minor controversy since the official line-up with Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible was still extant.

Chaos is featured on the Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three album on the track "Depression", and has spoken out publicly in support of the cause.[3]

2012 Arrest[edit]

Chmielinski was arrested in Los Angeles on July 5, 2012 after he allegedly smashed his SUV into parked cars in the Studio City area of Los Angeles. Some reports indicated that as many as fifteen vehicles were allegedly hit,[4] but a more accurate statistic appears to be three.[5] Police state that the musician abandoned his vehicle after causing the destruction, but they were able to track him down at his home. After testing, the musician registered a blood alcohol level just above .08 – the legal limit in California.[6] Although a neighbor witnessed the entire alcohol test and said, “he was stumbling all over the sidewalk”,[7] the reading reveals that Chaos had consumed slightly upwards of a single beer[8] in what was absurdly publicized as an alleged "drunken demolition derby ".[9]


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