CHAOS DOCTRINE Release Visualiser Video For Their Unique Cover Version Of ‘BEDS ARE BURNING’ By MIDNIGHT OIL.
Ever Metal are Incredibly proud to exclusively premiere the brand new visualiser video by South African Industrial Thrash Machines CHAOS DOCTRINE!
In their tradition of covering great classics between major releases, CHAOS DOCTRINE is paying tribute to iconic Australian Rock Band MIDNIGHT OIL with a unique rendition of their classic 1987 cult classic ‘BEDS ARE BURNING’ from the “DIESEL AND DUST” album!
Huge thanks to Chaos Doctrine for, once again, having faith in us and to Devographic Music Media for the opportunity!
Burn Those Beds and Bang Your Heads!
EXCLUSIVE EVER METAL PREMIERE
ABOUT CHAOS DOCTRINE:
Chaos Doctrine brings a unique and modern metal assault by blending old school thrash and death with aggressive industrial metal. Originally formed in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa by vocalist Dr D (Bedlam, Malachi, DedX), the band line up is completed by veteran guitarist and band producer Alec Surridge (Sacraphyx, The Warinsane), bass guitarist, backing vocalist and band visual artist Phil Carstens (DedX), and explosive drummer Hannes Matthysen (Chromium & The Drift).
For its members, Chaos Doctrine is more than a band…it is a comprehensive sensory experience and a brand. Everything the band produces conveys this; from the band name itself, their aggressive sonic releases, explosive live shows, dystopic visual products, and stabbing lyrical content. Chaos Doctrine explores the shadow of the human condition; hatred, brutality, decay. Their approach is unrelenting, fuelled by rage and void of apology.
This is aggression. This is Chaos Doctrine!
LINE-UP: Daniel Burger ‘Dr D’ – Vocals Alec Surridge – Guitar Hannes Matthysen – Drums Phil Carstens – Bass & Backing Vocals
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Chaos Doctrine – And In The Beginning…They Lied Self-Released Release Date: 25/06/2021 Running Time: 40:46 Review by Wallace Magri 9.5/10
Chaos Doctrine is a South African based band, that brings to us, in their sophomore album “And in the Beginning, They Lied”, a chaotic mixture of Extreme Metal music, guided by old school bay-area Thrash Metal, elements of Black Metal, technical sections similar to Death Metal and Industrial Metal programming fuelled with noise layers, to give the proper ambience to their partially conceptual album, with lyrics addressing themes of religion, corrupt politicians, mass media control within a very dystopian scenario.
Don’t get me wrong, the fact that Chaos Doctrine allow interactions among musical styles to create their sonority doesn’t mean that they are a band without musical direction or trying to appeal to a too wide audience. On this album the band has been able to move forward from their self-titled debut record, released in 2018, developing a very peculiar sonority, that possesses unique identity.
I’ll make things easier for the Ever Metal readers: You know a band called Slayer, right? So, put Slayer in the epicentre of the musical chaos delivered by Chaos Doctrine and we have the basis to start to describe the metal assault that awaits you here! As a matter of fact, they play a cover version of ‘South Of Heaven’ on the album and, at the same time that they pay tribute to their main influence, they also had the ability to reactivate the rage of that seminal song, with an approach which is much rawer and more disturbing.
Disturbed is a good word to help to describe how I felt when I started closely listening to the nine original tracks (the Slayer’s cover is a bonus track) on the album. I noticed some slips in the mixing, but nothing that spoilt my enjoyment of “And In The Beginning…They Lied”.
This is because they have reached the skill to keep the listener well fed during the listening experience – a hard thing to do these days when people have plenty of songs (and other things) to distract them and they see no point on wasting time listening to a whole album.
What we have here is 36 minutes of very well arranged, original, heavy music and it sounds clear that the band took their time in the composition of each one of these songs, making it tough for me to find some highlights to talk about in more detail. I will say that the opening intro, ‘And In The Beginning…’, followed by ‘Blood Serpent God’ are a superb way to kick off the album: Industrial Metal elements to help with the gloomy ambience, Fear Factory style, but, when the guitar/bass/drum assault kicks in it, personally, relates to old school Extreme Metal, in a time when bands weren’t quite aware of the distinguishing elements amongst Thrash/Death/Black Metal. In the 80’s bands like Possessed, Slayer, Exodus, Kreator, Destruction etc were creating a new musical genre based on the things they were used to listening to, and giving their best efforts to turn it more brutal and unpalatable – by their own means.
That is the same sensation I had listening to ‘Blood Serpent God’, because Chaos Doctrine pick various heavy metal element that are needed for their own music benefit – in this case, old school paced Thrash/Black Metal with a brutal chorus (reminiscent of Sepultura’s “Arise”-era) and Industrial Metal interventions.
Now, welcome to the Slayer side of the story, delivered expertly in ‘Black Friday Bedlam’ – a kick ass old-school Thrash Metal track guided by strong guitar riffs and ferocious drum and bass. I also enjoyed the duel between the screamed vocals, that are guttural as fuck, and the other vocal line, that evokes Tom Araya at his best!
Even though the songs are built around the talent of all the musicians, I think that what gives them the old-school flavour is the guitar work, because it is not full of ultra-technical playing, as many shredders use these days. The solos have more feeling, helping in the transition of the songs, like in ‘Father Grigori’.
I think that with these tips, you can proceed on your own to the rest of the songs on “In the Beginning…They Lied”, whose quality speaks for itself. Now, you may ask me why I rated the album 9.5, if it is that good. Well, the answer is because I am sure that they will come back with new releases that are going to beat this one. They are a young band, very focused on their musical creation. So, I’ll save my 10 for the next one!
‘Blood Serpent God’ feat. Anna Hel (Official Video)
TRACKLISTING: 01. And In The Beginning… 02. Blood Serpent God (Feat. Anna Hel) 03. Black Friday Bedlam (Feat. Jörgen Sandström) 04. Harlot 05. Nocturna Mors 06. Father Grigori 07. The Rite 08. Christ Church Horizon 09. They Lied 10. South Of Heaven (Bonus Slayer Cover)
Chaos Doctrine ‘Harlot’ Visualiser Video – Ever Metal Premiere:
Chaos Doctrine ‘Enjoy The Silence’ Video – Ever Metal Premiere:
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CHAOS DOCTRINE Unleash Visualiser Video For New Track ‘HARLOT’, Taken From Upcoming New Album “AND IN THE BEGINNING…THEY LIED”, Releasing on Friday 25th June!
Ever Metal is immensely proud to Premiere ‘Harlot’, the new visualiser video from South African Industrial Thrash/Death machine Chaos Doctrine.
It is taken from their blistering new album “And In The Beginning…They Lied”, which is being released on Friday 25th June 2021.
‘Harlot’ kicks off a fantastic week of online activity and premieres for Chaos Doctrine leading up to the album release on Friday so keep your eyes peeled!
Huge Thanks to the band and Devographic Music Media for the opportunity.
Turn up the volume and play it loud!
EXCLUSIVE EVER METAL PREMIERE
UPCOMING ALBUM: Chaos Doctrine came down on the metal world like the hammer of Thor in February this year with a shredding track called ‘Black Friday Bedlam’, featuring Swedish Metal Legend Jörgen Sandström (Entombed, Grave, Torture Division, Krux, The Project Hate) on vocals. If you watched the lyric video, you would have caught a peek at the title and artwork of the band’s much anticipated second album, set for release on 25 June 2021. It is called ‘And in the Beginning… They Lied’, and the cover looks like this:
ABOUT CHAOS DOCTRINE: Chaos Doctrine brings a unique and modern metal assault by blending old school thrash and death with aggressive industrial metal. Originally formed in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa by vocalist Dr D (Bedlam, Malachi, DedX), the band line up is completed by veteran guitarist and band producer Alec Surridge (Sacraphyx, The Warinsane), bass guitarist, backing vocalist and band visual artist Phil Carstens (DedX), and explosive drummer Rory Townes (Forsaking Fate).
For its members, Chaos Doctrine is more than a band: it is a comprehensive sensory experience and a brand. Everything the band produces conveys this – the band name itself, their aggressive sonic releases, explosive live shows, dystopic visual products, and stabbing lyrical content. Chaos Doctrine explores the shadow of the human condition; hatred, brutality, decay. Their approach is unrelenting, fuelled by rage and void of apology.
This is aggression. This is Chaos Doctrine!
LINE-UP: Daniel Burger “Dr D” (Vocals) Rory Townes (Drums) Phil Carstens (Bass & Backing Vocals) Alec Surridge (Guitar)
CHAOS DOCTRINE ONLINE:
DEVOGRAPHIC MUSIC MEDIA, PR, EVENTS & AR AGENCY SOUTH AFRICA ONLINE:
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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?
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!
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