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"Washington Post 2004 Editor's Pick"


Quote from list top picks of the year as determined by the staff editors:

"Step Child"

A melodic textural experience topped by Bilaal's simultaneously powerful, emotion-racked and tender vocals, "Step Child" appears on Chrysalis's upcoming debut EP. - Washington Post

"Emergenza Finals Review"



It was near the end of the night and the last band to grace the stage was CHRYSALIS. This young four piece was a project assembled for the Emergenza Festival and they didn’t do too bad considering that they managed to get to the DC final and on the compilation album (by the way it’s free at all the USA and Canada finals). Their music was powerful and sweet simultaneously, the singer was both aggressive and gracious, dosing the ingredients in a perfect manner with impressive vocal skills. Keep your eyes open people, Chrysalis is the real shit!

Mike Rophone - 18 Jun 2004
- Emergenza Festival

"E.P. Review "eight tracks of soul stroking musical immaculacy""

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Those who are fortunate enough to own a copy of the three-song Chrysalis sampler could not welcome the release of the Chrysalis EP with more enthusiasm. Allay your anxieties, Chrysalisteners, over half-molten samplers and just exchange them for eight tracks of soul stroking musical immaculacy.
With a relatively swift and tense guitar riff and soft cymbals the EP launches into the introductory track, courageously entitled “Chrysalis.” In a span of 30 seconds, the song exposes listeners to three essential elements of music: tension, release, and catchiness. With the added responsibility of introducing listeners to the band as well as the CD, the lyrics of “Chrysalis” details an amalgam of hope and depression, stress and liberation, which accompanies the music in a way that won’t alienate listeners who want a smoother transition into the intensity of the EP while maintaining all the power of following tracks.

With a forlorn electronic melody to open, “Skusashi” maintains a prolonged, soft tune that expands a little and retreats, cultivating significant tension before finally unleashing the choral release two and a half minutes into the song. Surprisingly, the electronic melody, rather than simply repeating itself, is subtly reflected and expounded through the bass guitar. The efficient use of rhythm continually appears throughout the EP.

In similar fashion, “Miscarriage” reflects the piano melody of its brief introductory track “Locked in a Dot” through guitars. However, the simple tune is only a small portion of an intricate weave of sounds found in the fourth track. The guitar riff that introduces the “Miscarriage” itself is entirely different, and is actually itself probably the most recognizable melody on the CD. Impervious to instrumentation? “Miscarriage” will also shake listeners to their core in a nuclear fusion of some of the most powerful lyrics and vocal delivery on the EP.

With the sixth track, now full-fledged Chrysalisteners will notice such poignant vocal delivery gathers the melody peacefully in the beginning until stricken by almost heavy instrumentation. “Sustainer” initially juxtaposes calm and catastrophe with respective vocals and instrumentation, later exchanging and combining responsibility over these themes to drive the mood of the song.

Perhaps the most straightforward track, “Dogs and Indians” uses lyrical means to important social personal ends. With the chorus, Why don’t you go back to wherever you’re from? “Dogs and Indians” will latch onto listener consciousness before the significance sets in, allowing the social facets of bigotry to be confronted from within rather than making a clear accusation that can be defended with layers of denial. Considering such an interpretation, it’s interesting that this song boasts the catchiest chorus on the EP.

Having conducted research of sorts, “Arcadia” attracts listener awareness differently than previous tracks in a supernova of poetic lyrics and relatively simple melodies that barely hold together at points, radiating a primal horror that can be felt as much as heard. As another facet of Chrysalis, this song refutes the structured grandeur of previous tracks with an equally effective expression of untainted energy and emotion.

level of consciousness: 9.8 out of 10… the Chrysalis EP usurped all of my stereos.

recommended tracks: all of them. as a matter of fact you should check out the live show to hear a couple new ones.
- Stream of Conscisousness


Chrysalis E.P. - Self Released.



Chrysalis exercises a non-comprimising approach to their music rarely seen by blending imaginative lyrics against a musical landscape that combines dark alternative, heavy rock, electronic, and even classical elements. The result is music that's visually evocative, with an emotional intensity that draws listeners into their own soul-searching. What stands out in their layered sound, however, are the soaring vocals and end-of-the-spectrum dynamics.

Underneath all the vivid textures and moods, mature, meaningful, songwriting ultimately holds the foundation for their sonic explorations. They investigate subject matter that is self-examining and socially challenging, drawing from their own experiences with relationships, human cruelty, and cultural disconnects. These ideals permeate not only through the lyrical content, but also in the musical arrangements. Chrysalis moves through heavy, guitar-driven, rhythms to ethereal melodic passages seamlessly.

Having formed in the ethnically diverse Washington, D.C., area, Chrysalis brings an outsider perspective to rock. The members’ immigrant roots range from Indonesia, Guatemala, and the Czech Republic. They’ve built an impressive following in a relatively short time.


"A powerful, emotive song from an interesting band. If the Deftones were to do indie art-rock, it might sound like this."
- Review of "Step Child" by Maria Villafana on Editor's Pick, week of June 24th, 2004
Annual Top Pick, 2004

“D.C.'s Chrysalis seamlessly couch potent lyrics and vocal delivery within a cobweb of intricately woven instrumentation. The musical deluge will demolish scene barriers, uniting listeners under the debut release, the Chrysalis EP – it's heavy, but not metal; electronic, but not industrial; dark, but not goth; emotional, but not emo.”

Artist of the Month, August 2005.
Top Ten Albums of the Year, 2005.
Vocalist of the Year, 2005.
Bassist of the Year, 2005.
Best Live Show of the Year, 2005.
MySpace Page of the Year, 2005.


DC101, Z104, WMUC

98 Rock

Numerous Podcasts, XM Radio Unsigned Channel,


Millenium Music Conference, Harrisburg, PA
Motor City Music Conference, Detroit
Emergenza Music Festival Finalists Nationwide Tour: Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia
South Park Music Conference, South Park, CO
Connexion Music Conference, Las Vegas/ Jacksonville
Baltimore Music Conference, Baltimore, MD
Six Points Music Festival, Washington, DC
Throwdown 2006, Fredericksburg, VA