Scott Lawlor – “Child Of Rage”

“The inspiration for this concept album is quite dark and disturbing inspired by the 1992 film of the same name.

If you put the phrase into google, you can even find the movie which is recommended watching to further get a sense of what I hope to convey with the 7 tracks on this album.

This film invaded my psyche for weeks, even haunting my dreams and it was at that point that I felt that I had to create my own interpretation of the movie.

At first, I was going to go for the noise approach but after some attempts, I didn’t feel that it worked out so well so I scrapped what I had done and went back to the drawing board and came up with the tracks you’re about to hear.” – Scott Lawlor

Scott got in contact with me at Sigil Of Brass using the album upload facility on the About / Contact page. It only took a quick Google search to find his Bandcamp – the above text is what Scott has written about his album. Scott’s work is a bit of a mystery to me – I had not heard of him as a recording artist before he got in contact, so – what can you expect with this album?

The movie’s plot synopsis is such: Jill Tyler and her minister husband Rob Tyler adopt two children, Catherine and Eric. Eric is a sweet and timid child, while Catherine seems to come across as being the same. However, Catherine soon displays outbursts of violent rage for no apparent reason, affecting her behavior and interaction with others. At first, some of her violent acts (such as killing a clutch of baby birds and attacking Eric while he sleeps) go unnoticed, but when it progresses to tearing her room apart and stabbing the family dog with a needle, Jill and Rob sense something is wrong. They attempt to ask Doris, the children’s caseworker, about anything in Catherine’s past that might explain it, but Doris cites confidentiality laws and only suggests that Jill and Rob bring the children back if they’re unable to handle them. More about the film, Child Of Rage, can be found here. The film is based on the true story of Beth Thomas, who suffered from severe behavioral problems as a result of being sexually abused as a child. This does not sound like the subject matter I would usually watch – so, I approached the album with trepidation.

a1890386198_10But what did I get from the album? With such a hype and such a dark subject matter I was actually quite hesitant to listen to it – It is not an album I could just stick on whilst washing the pots. No, the gravitas of the subject matter warrants that the utmost attention is given with every listen.

“Child Of Rage” has a brooding malevolence that bubbles under the surface with every keystroke of the piano and with every synthesiser drone. Most people associate ambient music with crystal healing and new-age mumbo-jumbo but Lawlor has produced an ambient album of such magnificently malignant darkness that it would be a suitable sound track to any psychological horror.

Lawlor admits in his Bandcamp blurb that the film stayed with him, haunting his dreams in the wake of watching it.

This album, Child of Rage will stay with me for the duration of my waking vigil. At times cinematic, at times spontaneous Child Of Rage is a stand alone work from the film.

The final track, Feeling Tears, is almost one of acceptance and healing. It is like the light after the storm. It is the most beautiful track on the album and also the most accomplished musically. Lawlor really has his chops together as a composer and as a performer. Feeling Tears is almost closure on the album.

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