Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Johannesburg, South Africa based Metal band, Chaos Doctrine. Huge thanks to vocalist ‘Dr D’ for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Chaos Doctrine blends industrial and symphonic elements with more old school thrash/death metal to create a familiar but novel style of metal. I originally formed the band in 2011 with bass guitarist and backing vocalist Phil Carstens, who was in a band called DedX with me before that. We had multiple member changes through the years. Alec Surridge joined on guitar in 2013, and Rory Townes on drums in 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Subhuman Race, but the name did not stick (our first studio later was named Subhuman Studios as a homage to this name!). We needed a name that both sounds like our music and means something to us – Chaos Doctrine does both of those! The name is inherently a contradiction, as there can be no doctrine with chaos, or chaos amid doctrine. The name brings an image, a visual, and a sound identity for the band.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Johannesburg in South Africa. The metal/rock scene here has gone through peaks and troughs through the years – currently it is slowly trying to recover from the COVID-19 impact and the associated lockdown we had down here. We hope to see a surge again, as was the case in the middle to late 90’s.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We are currently finalising our sophomore album, the name of which is still to be announced. We have released the first single from this album, Father Grigori, on all media platforms already, including a lyric video on YouTube. There are two more surprises coming on this track before we go onto the next one!

Our self-titled debut album was released in 2018 and an alternative mixes EP called “The Chaos Chronicles Volume I” was released in 2019.

‘Father Grigori’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences vary quite widely – with different band members listening to different things. I am very old school, Phil is into death metal, Alec likes more technical stuff, Rory is huge on thrash. But some bands that come to mind immediately are SLAYER, Testament, White Zombie, Pantera, Ministry, Sepultura, and Meshuggah. And of course, Black Sabbath.

What first got you into music?

I heard the opening chords to Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart my Heart in 1992 and saw Nikki Sixx covered in tattoos shortly after that. I was sold. Got my first bass guitar in 1993 and been doing this ever since!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

That is a difficult question to answer – and every band member will say something different! For me, thinking about Chaos Doctrine, probably Rob Zombie – but he must have his White Zombie hat on! Absolute heroes also include Geezer Butler and Kerry King – can you imagine?

Side note – Chaos Doctrine has done two international collaborations recently. One will be revealed at the end of October. The second is with an international metal icon – and will be hitting the airwaves early in 2021!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Alec was lucky enough to play Wacken before – and given that it is the Mecca of metal festivals, I would have to say that one! Many other huge ones though!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Haha! I am unlucky enough to have never received a weird gift. Can someone send me something please?

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you for the continued support and stay tuned for a whole new level coming on our second album and beyond!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Oh man, another super hard one. My first prize as a vocalist and former bass player would be the absolute legend Lemmy. Second place – one of the greatest voices in metal ever, Ronnie James Dio. And I have to mention Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

What I enjoy most are firstly the interactions with fans, and secondly the creative vibes we have as a band when we create something brand new. When that new riff lands and the drums and bass fill in, and my vocals just work with it, that is what keeps me going in between shows!

The least is probably the slog of carrying gear and the politics of negotiating slots and pay!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The music industry at a macro level is one that has changed dramatically. We have gone from musicians getting utterly exploited by the industry in the days of gold and platinum records to one where bands have to earn their money performing and giving their music away for free. Perhaps the best thing one could wish for is for bands to get fairly compensated for their talent and music?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one? How would I choose just one? Let’s go with SLAYER’s “Seasons in the Abyss”!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl if you have time to sit down and listen. Downloads if you are on the move!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

My best gig was not with Chaos Doctrine, but with my first band Bedlam. It was back in the late 90’s, we had more than a 1000 people in front of the stage, and everything went superbly! With Chaos Doctrine my favourite show was probably one we played in Bloemfontein in 2018.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

My day job? Hahahahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Assuming you mean people that are alive. So, Tom Araya, Zakk Wylde, and Geezer Butler. And my band mates so they can meet these guys too (one of them will have to sneak in hahahahaha)!

What’s next for the band?

Our first priority is finishing our second album and releasing it early next year. The tracks on there were written by the previous configuration of Chaos Doctrine and we are really proud of the songs. Alec is busy finishing the production and it is sounding amazing! Following that, we will probably release a “Chaos Chronicles Volume II” EP late in 2021, with alternative mixes of some of the tracks on the new album. And in between that – playing shows, getting our music out there, creating new music, and doing some more collaborations!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We are all over the web, but you can find our music on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Music.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha! I only know Jaffa cakes because my girlfriend is British. I would say they are cakes!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for talking to us! Yes – keep your eyes on our social media pages with the first surprise release coming at the end of October, and the second shortly after. As I mentioned earlier, the next single from our album will also feature a huge name in international metal and is going to kick your head right in. The Chaos Doctrine steam train is rolling!

Represented by David Devo Oosthuizen
Devographic Music Media, PR, Events & Artist Management Agency – South Africa

Photo David Devo Oosthuizen, Devographic

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