- So for anyone unfamiliar with Chaos Doctrine, tell us a little bit about your backstory and how you ended up here:
Chaos Doctrine was originally formed in 2010 by vocalist Dr. D, who had the vision to combine old school death and thrash metal with industrial and newer waves of metal to create a unique sound. After a whole number of line-up changes, the band exploded onto the South African scene in 2017 with our novel sound and finely crafted stage performance. Shortly after, we released our self-titled debut album mid-2018, followed by an EP with alternative mixes called “The Chaos Chronicles Volume I” in 2019.
Mid 2019, two of our founding members left, leaving three of us to finalize our next album and chart our course forward. Enter our new drummer – and here we are with our Chaos Doctrine MMXX line-up, ready to make metal heavier than before!
- What’s Happening Now: Tell us about what you are currently up to.
Right now, we are entirely focused on finalizing our sophomore album for release. Our guitarist Alec Surridge is busy finalizing the mixing and mastering of this album, the name of which will be announced soon.
We recently released a cover of Slayer’s South of Heaven, which was very well received. Next, up is the first single from our new album, called Father Grigori, being released on 17 July 2020. This will be followed by another cover – something completely different from what we have done before we unleash the second single from our new album. This second single has an international collaboration that is going to blow people’s minds!
The opportunity to work with this legend was something that we just couldn’t pass on. He brought a certain strength to the song that I won’t say was lacking, but needed, and it really took it to the next level.
The lyric video for Father Grigori can be found here after 17 July: https://youtu.be/PLnL8mZkSM8
The track will also be available on Spotify, iTunes, and all other major streaming platforms, as well as on our Bandcamp Page: https://chaosdoctrine.bandcamp.com/
- What is next for Chaos Doctrine?
When our new drummer Rory joined we were all systems go to start playing shows while finishing our new album, but this was obviously halted by COVID-19. So, until we can hit the stage again, we will be writing our third album, as well as finish up work on our next EP, set for release in 2021.
We don’t like to sit around and wait for things to happen. Writing songs is something we all feel pretty comfortable with. So, yeah, we may be ahead in the schedule of putting out albums but that doesn’t phase us. We will release songs as we can for as long as we can.
- Chaos Doctrine Influences & Inspiration:
Different members of the band really were inspired by different bands so it is worthwhile including all of us!
Dr D (vocals): “the first metal track I ever heard was Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart my Heart” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcxIpb-R_0 .
That intro and the fat riff by Mick Mars just unleashed some kind of chemical avalanche in my brain and I needed more – not to mention that Nikki Sixx is my all time hero. Many rock bands later, I was given Judas Priest’s “Painkiller” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM__lPTWThU
to listen to – and that is where my passion for loud, fast, and heavy really started!
Alec (guitar): Meshuggah – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ylp9U–eIo
and Sepultura – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7Z8Ww1EmMk
have been my influences for many years. They are completely different yet bring the power. With us I like to bring that power and then sprinkle in the loops and orchestrations to take it even further. But Sepultura were the ones that tipped it for me. Other bands have influenced me but Sepultura really were the band that made me want to do this for as long as I am able.
Phil (bass and backing vocals): This was probably the first really heavy song I heard apart from the usual metal going around at the time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i1s8DH4uEg
Strangely, I got into Megadeth before Metallica. Good, because f#ck Metallica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_1dHzlWzns
Rory (drums): It’s abit of a strange one for me the first metal I ever heard was ManoWar’s Triumph of Steel ‘Power of thy Sword’ https://youtu.be/RYsQqaAxDtw
for me, the drums on that album sounded so huge and I’d never ever experienced anything like that, thunderous speed and crazy articulation.
And then without a doubt, the biggest influence has to be Slayers Seasons in the Abyss: ‘War Ensemble’ https://youtu.be/jqnC54vbUbU
and Born of Fire https://youtu.be/J400icNOQ84
… the drums on this album was my first experience of that “dark side” they literally jump out and attack you!! Sending you’re pulse racing into the madness bloodrage speed!! Needless to say that’s how I wanted and still want to play!!!
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