Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Music for Bringer of Chaos (@kayelleallen #scifi #playlist #giveaway)

By Kayelle Allen (Guest Blogger)

I began writing Bringer of Chaos knowing that Pietas, the main character, would be facing the deepest, most horrific betrayal of his immortal life. When I feed the muse in order to write, I often use music, and creating the story of Pietas was no exception. I have thousands of songs on iTunes, so I scrolled through the lists, seeking inspiration. I also listened to music online, and had a checklist of songs from various videos that I had enjoyed over the years. The music ran the gamut of genres.

I wanted dark songs of pain, but not unrequited love. Bringer of Chaos is not a romance. It's the story of two enemy warriors who must depend on one another to survive. Pietas would be facing a physical trial and his core beliefs about himself would be tested in a crucible. Yet out of that pain would come the most profound and endearing friendship of his life. It would change everything about him in a fundamental way.

When I put the music together and listened, this was the order. The songs include:
Dead is the New Alive - Emilie Autumn
Deep Six - Marilyn Manson
Du Hast - Rammstein
Fatal - The Critical Mass
Made of Scars - Stone Sour
Mind Heist - Zack Hemsey
Monster - Skillet
Pain - Three Days Grace
Queen's Breach - The Critical Mass
Remember Everything - Five Finger Death Punch
Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
What You Are - Audioslave
Requiem of the Gods - The Critical Mass

Some of these are older songs, and I'd listened to the music before when I wrote about the character. Pietas is king of the immortals in my Tarthian Empire series, so he has been in or there are allusions to him in every book. The other characters respect him, plus share a deep and healthy fear. I used Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas as a way to explore the mythology of not only the man, but also the Sempervian people.

I used Dead is the New Alive to remind myself that while Pietas can die, he cannot remain dead. No matter how horrific or grisly the wound, a Sempervian cannot stay dead. Books have protagonists, and a good story will have an impact character whose presence in some way changes the protagonist. In Bringer of Chaos, that was a human special ops warrior called Six. Without Six, there would be no Pietas. I wanted music that had his name, and Deep Six works on many levels. The song Du Hast is sung in German but it doesn't matter. You listen to this song for the beat and the power behind the music. Du Hast means either "You Have" or "You Hate". Both fit Pietas. I first heard the song Fatal in a YouTube video tribute to Prince Nuada from Hellboy II: the Golden Army. I fell in love with it and as soon as I found out who did it, I bought the music. The Critical Mass creates movie trailer music. You can find them on iTunes, but be sure to add "the" in front of the name. Otherwise, you will find another group that plays nothing like their music. Fatal portrays power and build up as well as aggression, yet it is controlled and simple. It fits both Pietas and Six.

The other songs are being shared one at a time on my blog in the Playlist category. The series is called "Music for a King". You'll find a video on every post which allows you to hear the song. I hope you'll come by and check it out.

About Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas

Two enemy warriors: one human, one immortal. Different in belief, alike in spirit, marooned together on an alien world.

Imprisoned and in isolation over a year without food or water, the immortal Pietas survives. Though broken in body, his intellect and will are intact, thanks to Six, the special ops warrior who captured him, but kept him sane. The warrior had no hand in his deprivation and, like Pietas, was betrayed by his own kind. When Pietas is abandoned on an alien world with nothing but his honor--and Six--he must find and rejoin other immortal exiles. After centuries of war, Pietas detests humans and kills them on sight, but he is too damaged to continue on his own. Though he despises needing help, he allows Six to nurture and restore him to full strength, and then accompany him. As they cross the planet together on foot, the immortal begins to wonder if he has found his first human friend, or if Six is loyal only because Pietas could keep the others from tearing him to shreds. This human will either be his closest living friend, or the one whose betrayal will trigger all-out vengeance by the most powerful immortal ever born.

Immortal. Warrior. Outcasts. Traitors took everything. Except their honor.

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About the Author

Kayelle Allen is a best selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.


Debby said...

Thanks for the coloring book.

Lisabet Sarai said...

Welcome back to my blog, Kayelle.

It's funny, I know a lot of authors create this sort of playlist, but I never do. I need silence when I'm writing.

Good luck with the novel!

Kayelle Allen said...

You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it. :)

Kayelle Allen said...

It depends on the scene I'm writing. For the awesome fight scene where Pietas goes up against 8 warriors, I used Fatal. For the scene where he does the ritual by the river, I used What You Are. Other scenes I needed silence. But while researching, I used the entire playlist over and over.

Bellina said...

I'm going to check out some of these songs on your list. Thanks for sharing!

pansypetal said...

I have looked at this book a couple of times but wasn't sure. But, as often happens, meeting the author and seeing some of the inspiration of the story has convinced me - I need to read this book. Thank you for sharing.

Kayelle Allen said...

If you visit my blog you'll find videos to the music too. :) Thanks, Bellina.

Kayelle Allen said...

Thank you for sharing that. I often wonder what prompts someone to buy a book. I'm so crazy about the hero in this one I can't imagine everyone else not falling in love with him too. LOL But then he's "sitting next to me" as I write, so I know him pretty well. :)

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