Of Sad Demons and Cruel Angels

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In some ways, I can barely remember what life was like before I joined Mute Prophet. Three albums, international radio play, touring – such incredible things have happened in the last six years, it almost feels like a completely different existence.

It’s been like a rebirth. But it hasn’t always been easy – and I feel it’s necessary to do what isn’t usually done, and share these stories with you.

The thing is…joining this band actually saved my life.

Imagine being so emotionally numb, so unable to feel, that part of you doubts you’re real at all. You feel like a ghost.

Your perception of yourself and the world around you is so dulled, you’d swear your day-to-day life is a dream that you won’t be able to remember upon waking.

You aren’t you, you’re just a disembodied spirit observing someone who happens to look like you.

That describes something I spent years struggling with – a very rare mental disorder called Depersonalization. Your brain chemistry gets screwed up and you stop being able to feel your emotions at all.

I first noticed this occurring when I was in the hospital, recovering after an incident where I was beaten half-to-death, raped, and left for dead.

Even after all my injuries had healed and I was cleared to go home, I couldn’t feel. Everything felt fake, like a very convincing dream.

It left me in a really dark place. I drank heavily, I abused drugs, I cut myself for the endorphin high (cliche, I know, but it worked for a little while), and I fantasized almost hourly about swallowing my entire medicine cabinet. I wasn’t even sad – I couldn’t feel anything at all, and that was worse.

Kevin had been my best friend for years, and after I finally opened up about how badly I was doing, he told me all about how playing guitar helped him and Chris with their depression, and he suggested I try singing with them.

It actually did help! And he and Chris liked my voice so much, they insisted right then that I officially join the band ❤️

They wanted to start adding vocals to their old instrumental recordings right away…even before we had the proper setup to record vocals…

So we broke the doors off my closet, stood them up by taping an old microwave to the outside, filled the closet with clothes, and glued heavy blankets to the insides of the doors. Here’s a picture of it, featuring Kevin back when he had skinny arms and short hair!

None of us had the money for a more professional setup at the time (which makes me SO grateful for the pro studio we have now), but I honestly cherish the memory of making due with what we had. We would stop at nothing to make music, least of which would be less than ideal equipment.

The more I sang, the more I could FEEL again.

Singing opera actually uses the same part of the voice as crying, and it felt similar enough that I could process my sadness. And all the screaming and growling helped a lot with the anger and resentment.

It’s an amazing thing, a sort of glue that binds Mute Prophet together despite our separate life experiences, this goal of turning tragedy and pain into something triumphant. This band gave me an outlet to transmute things I would otherwise never have been able to overcome, into something amazing.

I’m not just me of course, we’ve all had our struggles – Chris was homeless and lived on the streets, Kevin and Louisa nearly died from autoimmune diseases that got out of control – and all of us credit this band for helping us through our hard times.

And we’ve even been able to find an audience – including YOU. Musicians have no other way to judge their impact on the world, other than how listeners receive their music and their story.

You show all of us that we aren’t alone, and after everything that’s happened, I don’t think words can convey how much it means to be able to connect with people like you now.

So please, leave a comment below or email me and let me know how you feel about this post, or even just to say hi. It would mean a lot.

Thank you again for reading, and please do leave a comment below or shoot me an email if you feel like saying hi ❤️

236 Comments

  • gary murtagh says:

    omg..that is such an incrediable story..i congratulate all of you for not giving up.you all were ment to be, you have purpose each one of you have a purpose, to blow us away with your amazing music..the journey isnt over ..ROCK ON

  • Steve Carter says:

    I love rock music and your particular style is not something I would look for but stumbled across it and really like. Some very haunting singing and melodies and excellent musicianship. Brave of you to share your troubles and I hope you all continue your journey and enjoy it!! Look out for each other and I will watch out for you if you can make it to the UK when all of this Covid makes it safe. Best wishes

  • Rob Dittrich says:

    First of all, let me commend you for the bravery that it took to share your story. I firmly believe that growth and progress requires vulnerability, which isn’t easy. I hope that you are proud that you took a moment that tried to destroy you, and you were able to burn hot enough that you refined it into an instrument of your own success.

    Heavy metal is intense music, about intense subjects, made by and for people who live and feel intensely. I’d bet more of us have similar stories than you might imagine.

    Keep Rocking.

  • Tom H says:

    I get is, same for me, but different. PTSD from waiting 2 years for the cancer to take my son. Holding his hand as he took his last breath at age 7 left me with PTSD, reliving his last day every year for over 20 yrs. My depression & anxiety leaves me with not much for feelings outside of sadness, and different levels of anxiety intead of happiness. My wife of 10 years helps tremendously, and music lets me feel, and funny movies/tv helps me laugh.
    Most people don’t see what I live with inside.
    I understand the struggle.

  • DEAN STAHL says:

    I’m amazed at the story of this group. I applaud and and celebrate your survival and dedication to turning your lives into beautiful creations. Thank you for your wonderful expressions.

  • Toryn says:

    I felt this. All of it. I am truly sorry for everything you all have gone through. I do have to say that the fact that you all found an outlet that helps is awesome. You guys are great and I hope you continue to rock.

  • Dawg says:

    Adrienne,
    Nice strong post, but everything we go through is for a reason and what makes us who we are… your awesome! Keep singing your heart out.. I will be here listening to every word.

    Dawg

  • Mark Chadwick says:

    Hi.
    Dear god what a story that is. For me that is the ultimate horror story. No woman (nor anyone else) should have to endure that sort of cruelty. I used to listen to my mother crying out while the step father beat her. That in itself made mee
    Live a certain way and that way is not to allow cruelty to any woman or child. I’m happy that you found not just the band but the strength to continue and to create for the benefit of others .
    I wish you luck love and strength.
    All the very best for the future.

    • Adrienne Odenthal says:

      I’m so sorry you and your mother went through that, Mark. That’s awful. Thank you so much for the kind words, and I wish you all the best too ❤️

  • Joel says:

    I suffer from anxiety, so I am glad to see how your music saved you. You are an inspiration.

  • Lisa-Jaine says:

    I love the way you describe the operatic voice as similar to crying and I’m so glad music has given you an outlet for your pain and anger. Hang on in there girl you are an inspiration to us all xxx

    • Adrienne Odenthal says:

      Thanks Lisa! It’s definitely the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever tried. Thank you so much for reading ❤️

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