Identity Disorder By Muhammed Mêlki
Brood Of Hatred is a Tunisian one-man concept, death metal act founded in 2010 by Muhammed Mêlki. With no specific genre boundaries or philosophies but some haunting atmospheres guiding you through progressive journeys and some unconventional writing inspired by the strange state of mind that characterises the concept.
This work ‘Identity Disorder’ came after a long break of four years, during which my artistic vision has evolved into a more mature and complete form. ‘Identity Disorder’ started to take shape during the summer of 2017 after the release of the single ‘Observing’ in May which marked the beginning of this new chapter. Between composing, recording and producing, the album took six months to brew into its final form.
The title is self-describing. The question of who we are is always troublesome to ask especially during times of chaos and uncertainty. You can look at the lyrics as a form of catharsis, and a reflection of the pain and suffering of self-reflection but also a stream of dreams and myths, a play of signal and noise, it is as much a medium as the music.
I don’t think about musical inspirations. My direct experience is the primary source of creation, we live in a society, we have relationships, we perceive time, and are affected by the zeitgeist, and that is where inspiration comes from. There is always that need to be expressed at different times, past and future come together into one dimension.
The art reflects the crisis of identity; it is both the lack of it and the chaos that reigns. The pose expresses that we don’t want to see things breaking down and would like to forget. It is the first step to go from a total breakdown to a breakthrough. It took me 400 shots to find the pose that spoke to me. We kept it simple and straightforward with only the title and the project symbol.
I feel more freedom. I’m responsible for 90% of the work which gives me the total liberty to decide on the direction of the project. It takes times to evaluate the work, and I try to look at things from different perspectives each time I iterate through it. I have been improving the quality of the work, not only regarding production and the sound but also concerning the visual language used. I have a better idea of the bigger picture, and I’m not as much worried about the future when I see things clearly.
You have to believe in yourself, that is key, before any religious or philosophical beliefs. From within comes all sorts of things that then propagate to the outside world. Belief is a source of life power and personal truth. It is something to be studied and understood.
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