Dawn of Ashes

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Dawn of Ashes
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Dawn of Ashes 2013
Background information
Origin Hollywood, California
Genres Aggrotech/EBM (early)
Shock Rock
Black metal
Industrial metal
Years active 2001-2014
Labels Metal Blade Records
Metropolis Records
Dark Kingdom Records (?)
Website dawnofashesofficial.com
Members Kristof Bathory
Bahemoth
Syrus

Dawn of Ashes was an American aggrotech / extreme metal band founded in 2001 from Los Angeles, California, United States. The band’s style consisted of horror-based lyrical and visual themes presented through industrial and melodic black metal structures. Dawn of Ashes had an evolution which strongly resembled that of contemporary Norwegian music act Mortiis, with three distinct phases of the band. Both acts progressed from a strictly electronic to metal/electronic based musical form.

Kristof Bathory ended Dawn of Ashes in 2014. The three remaining members have moved on to a new project named Urilia.

The name Dawn of Ashes is an allegorical metaphor meaning "beginning of the end".[1]

History[edit]

Early years/dark electronic phase[edit]

Founded in 2001, Dawn of Ashes' initial concept was the production of horror based dark electronic music, sometimes known as Terror EBM, hellektro or aggrotech, characterised by heavily using samples from horror films. In the intervening five years before the release of the EP Sacred Fever, Dawn of Ashes would expand to include two new members: Joey-Tekk and Bahemoth[2] after having several line-up changes that failed to work.

Sacred Fever, released in 2005 with 14 tracks for an EP, delivered a sample filled terror EBM soundscape that thematically and lyrically would define Dawn of Ashes into the future.

The release of Sacred Fever saw DoA signed to German electronic label NoiTekk with US distribution via COP International and Russian distribution handled by Gravitator Records. Subsequent to their signing, DoA released the album In the Acts of Violence (2006) continuing the use of samples from horror films to match the dark and aggressive horror themed lyrics.

Early 2007 saw the departure of Joey-Tekk and the addition of female band member Rayne who had worked with Dawn of Ashes on parts of In The Acts of Violence.[3] Work progressed on the follow up album and March 3, 2007 saw the first inklings of Dawn of Ashes future logo[4] to go with the debut of the release The Crypt Injection.

The Crypt Injection was notable for its lack of samples but also was significant for being the first album to deliver a music video for the track "Torture Device." Bathory worked closely with Bahemoth on putting the clip together, and this would further define their relationship in years to come with future videos.

During these years Dawn of Ashes also created a number of remixes for several bands including Suicide Commando, Grendel, Regenerator, Neikka RPM, FGFC820, Helalyn Flowers, Retractor and many others.[5]

Melodic black metal phase[edit]

In late 2008 Dawn of Ashes announced a new line-up and a new direction for the band's music - melodic black metal, via their MySpace page.[6] Bathory had always been a fan of heavier styles of metal music and felt that the time was right to begin producing it under the DoA name. In order to facilitate the new direction of the band, DoA added new blood to its ranks including Abaddon Mauvais, Cyanide, and Orias.

Band members would end up being replaced (much like the early dark electronic years) in 2010, with Rahab and Volkar Kael joining the band for the recording of the release Genocide Chapters. Released on the label Metal Blade Records to strong reviews, Genocide Chapters was applauded for its fantastic production and by the appreciation for Bathory's ability to turn around from an aggrotech act to a melodic death metal band.

Unfortunately, there would be yet another line-up change with Rahab departing for Othuum sometime in 2010, who would tour with the band on the Darkness Reborn Tour alongside headliners Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved and Blood Red Throne. This tour would assist in growing the fan base of Dawn of Ashes, spreading Bathory's visions of horror and filth around the US.[7]

Industrial/melodic black metal phase[edit]

Prior to their departure from Metal Blade Records, Dawn of Ashes released the EP Farewell to the Flesh, a compilation that saw a return of DoA's early electronic elements. Shortly following the release saw Othuum and Volkar Kael leave the band over creative differences. There was no rancour in the split, with Othuum and Volker confirming this.[8] Bathory's response saw the confirmation of Rayne staying on as a band member whilst simultaneously announcing a return to sole proprietorship over Dawn of Ashes' future creative direction.[9]

Dawn of Ashes also took the time to record another music video for the track "Fuck Like You’re in Hell" - again demonstrating Kristof Bathory's creative and horrifying vision and once more executed by Bahemoth.[10]

With the addition of a new guitarist Syrus in 2012 and working with industrial music legend Chris Vrenna producing (who coincidentally also produced tracks for Mortiis), Dawn of Ashes recorded a substantial amount of material culminating in the 2013 release Anathema to critical review. Anathema features a "rebuild" of one of DoA's older dark electronic tracks "Torture Device, The Final Formula for Torment", and guest vocals from fellow electronic artists Nero Bellum (Psyclon Nine) and Gary Zon (Dismantled).

The release of the album saw the creation of a new music video (featuring Nero Bellum) for the track "Poisoning the Steps of Babel", again executed by Bahemoth[11] and a tour "The Hellions of Hollywood", with Dawn of Ashes and Psyclon Nine co-headlining. Touring from late August to early October, including performing at the VampireFreaks event Triton Festival in NYC, the band has returned to LA to record new material.

2013 also saw the beginnings of references to the "Judas Breed", part of the title to the track "Insidious (of the Judas Breed)" from Anathema. This title has since gone on to become the name of the collective of Dawn of Ashes fans and is used by Kristof Bathory to address Dawn of Ashes fandom.

Bathory has expressed his satisfaction with Anathema's sound and has indicated that he would like to continue to reconcile his love for electronic and metal based music into future Dawn of Ashes material.

Band Break Up[edit]

On December 28, 2013 the band announced via their Facebook, that the "Enter the Vortex" Tour would be the bands final tour, and after the conclusion of the tour, the band would be breaking up.[12]

On January 4, 2014, Kristof Bathory was interviewed by Radiobuzzd in an event where Kristof cited numerous reasons for the break up of Dawn of Ashes including but not limited to:

  • Potential legal complications around himself (the target of individual lawsuits) and the band's name;

[13] However Bathory has advised that moving into the future he will continue to produce music alongside Bahemoth and Syrus, although the specific details have yet to be revealed.

Bathory has also advised that the planned album Enter the Vortex, that originally was to go alongside the tour deeming the same name, will also not be going ahead and into recording.

As of April 2014, Kristof Bathory advised that the entire Enter the Vortex tour has been cancelled. Dawn of Ashes final shows will be Dark Munich Festival in April, followed by two shows in the US - Los Angeles and New York City.

The three remaining members of Dawn of Ashes have moved on to a new extreme metal project named Urilia.

URILIA MEMBERS:

  • Kristof Bathory (ex-Dawn of Ashes) - Vocals, Music, Left Hand Path Propaganda
  • Bahemoth (ex-Dawn of Ashes) - Live Keyboards
  • Syrus (ex-Dawn of Ashes) - Guitar and Music
  • Grey (ex-Demona Mortiss) - Guitar
  • Derek Jochmann (ex-Demona Mortiss, ex-Stitched Up Heart) - Bass
  • Brandon Rage (ex-Motionless In White, ex-The Witch Was Right) - Drums

Past Live Members[edit]

  • Sidney Pirata
  • Jon Siren
  • Krz Souls
  • Rayne Xiaphiam
  • Orias
  • Othuum
  • Volkar Kael
  • Rahab
  • Abaddon Mauvais
  • Cyanide
  • Joey-Tekk
  • Sean Von Helvete

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://hardrockhaven.net/online/2013/05/dawn-of-ashes-kristof-bathory-interview/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040831041836/http://dawnofashes.com/. Archived from the original on 31 August 2004. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070118095218/http://www.dawnofashes.com/. Archived from the original on 18 January 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070308081456/http://www.dawnofashes.com/. Archived from the original on 8 March 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070118095218/http://www.dawnofashes.com/. Archived from the original on 18 January 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081227053539/http://www.myspace.com/dawnofashes. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ http://www.metalstorm.net/events/news_comments.php?news_id=11847. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://www.facebook.com/dawnofashesofficial/posts/363706047005944. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ https://www.facebook.com/dawnofashesofficial/posts/10150663163668791. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://love-it-loud.com/retrospectives/poisoning-the-steps-of-babel-exploring-the-horror-of-dawn-of-ashes/. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://tradiov.com/la/videos/the-obscenesters-11-18-13/. Retrieved 26 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ November 2013 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151933243308791&set=a.10151522581918791.1073741829.332020538790&type=1&theater November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "End of Dawn Of Ashes Special Interview With Kristof Bathory". Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

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