Saturday, 30 July 2011

Dawn Of Chaos Interview

North East bruisers Dawn of Chaos shared their thoughts on music, gigs and the UK scene in general. Here's what vocalist Paul had to say....

So, who’s in the band and who does what?
The band consists of myself (Paul Hartburn) on vocals, Daniel Jones on bass and backing vocals, Dan Rochester and Ross Oliver on guitars and Ian Finley on drums.
Lyrically, what are the bands inspirations?
Lyrically we are in a bit of a transition phase and this is highlighted on the album. The earlier written tracks on the album such as 'Force-Fed Embryonic Slurry' and 'Butchered by Retards' lyrics primarily consist of comedy gore style lyrics in the vein of bands such as Gorerotted. However, the newer material whilst still having some sort of gore (it’s now more of a medical/anatomical perspective) I have used it to talk about real life events. One day I had an epiphany (so to speak) and realized that there is nothing more shocking than humans themselves, so I’ve started talking about real life events and atrocities in which human beings carry out such as Josef Fritzl, The Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields of Cambodia and so on. Since Ian joined the band he has also contributed towards the lyrics. I can’t speak for Ian but from my perspective his themes seem to consist of a more futuristic approach of how machines will take over the world and use man as fuel.

Musically, where do you guys draw influence from?
I would say individually this will probably vary but to give a brief scope of bands I would say we are highly influenced by US death metal bands such as Death, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Deicide, Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Immolation as well as other death metal acts such as early Cryptopsy, Decapitated, Vader and much more.

You have just released a promo as a teaser for your forthcoming full length CD. How has this been received? When is the new CD due to be released?
Overall, the promo has been received very well. The majority of press has been positive and within the DM scene from fans and peers it has been warmly accepted. It needs to be remembered though that promo is just that, a promotional piece of material to show case to everyone the newer side to the band and our new direction with the new members. If interested you can download this promo for free via our website
The north east of England is producing some quality bands at the moment, what are your thoughts on the bands emerging from the north east?
I think what is most pleasing about the young bands emerging is they are not following a trend and are paying homage to old-school death metal and thrash, etc. Bands like Cyborg, Vortex, are more than likely twenty years too young to have heard of bands like Death or Onslaught yet instead of being force-fed shite from the commercial masses they are checking out old school quality metal and that is always pleasing to see.

You guys are active giggers, what is a DOC gig typically like?
An intense, energetic, death metal performance played from the heart. Whilst we are serious about the music, we like to have fun and a laugh with the crowd as that’s what metal is about…… having fun.

What is the bands career highlight to date?
As we are trying to promote this line-up of the band as a separate entity to the old line-up I will just focus on highlights we have done since 2010. So far the main highlights for the band are doing a full UK tour with Insision, playing Leeds Deathfest alongside bands such as Immolation, Negura Bunget, etc and playing our first gig outside the UK at Gothenburg Deathfest.

There seems to be gigs everywhere these days, what are your thoughts on the UK gig scene at the moment?
In all honest opinion, I think the UK gig scene is poor at the moment. It’s the same old cliché of people only going to see there friends bands. When I was 16 and first going to gigs I would go to any show just to see live music and I think a lot of people have lost the passion of enjoying live music. This could be down to a number of things such as the recession, access to music via the internet but unsigned shows to be honest aren’t that expensive. Our country is clearly failing in comparison to the shows put on in Europe.

Band wise, the UK is currently producing some absolute monsters, what are your highlights, who are you guys into?
I’m really looking forward to seeing Theoktony again when they get back up and running. Other UK bands that I’m really into are Neuroma, Dead Beyond Buried, Cancerous Womb, Amputated, Dam but to name just a few.

Merch is always popular, what does DOC have for sale and how / where can we get hold of it?
We have two t-shirt designs and a handful of old EP’s and a split we did with Neuroma available via . Due to the CDs being for sale consisting of material we did with the old line-up, once they are sold out we will not be printing them again.

Thanks once again for speaking with us. Any last words you wish to share with our readers?
Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years and I hope you continue to do so. Keep checking our website for updates of what is going on with the album and the band. I know the album has been a few years in the making but thankfully I now feel like we have got the line-up and material to be able to do an album justice.

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