Chaos Divine

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Chaos Divine
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Background information
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Genres Progressive metal
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Labels Firestarter Music & Distribution
Members
  • Simon Mitchell
  • David Anderton
  • Ryan Felton
  • Ben Mazzarol
  • Michael Kruit
Past members Chris Mitchell

Chaos Divine is a progressive metal band[1] from Perth, Western Australia. The band consists of vocalist David Anderton, guitarists Simon Mitchell and Ryan Felton, bassist Michael Kruit and Drummer Ben Mazzarol.[2]

Biography[edit]

Since 2005, the band has released an EP, three studio albums and two singles.

The 2006 Ratio EP, which saw the band tour nationally, was publicly voted as the second-best Australian metal release[3] of its year on Triple J’s Full Metal Racket Program.

In late 2008, Chaos Divine completed their debut full-length debut album Avalon,[4] recorded at Melbourne’s Sing-Sing Studios and released nationally through Firestarter Music. The album went on to win the West Australian Music Industry Awards (WAM) Industry's 2008 Song of the Year Award in the Heavy Rock/Metal category with the track 'Refuse the Sickness'. Chaos Divine was also among the top-five finalists nominated for the Metal/Hardcore award at the National MusicOz awards held in Sydney and broadcast live to a national television audience, in both 2007 and 2008. Avalon was also voted in the top 10 international metal albums of the year by Triple J.

In 2009 the band joined the country’s largest national music festival, the Big Day Out,[5] and went on to tour Europe with an appearance at the Progpower Europe Festival in The Netherlands with a run of further dates through Belgium. Later that year, the band picked up five Australian Heavy Metal Awards (including best band)[6] with a live performance at the Forum in Sydney during the awards show.

In just over four years, Chaos Divine have played alongside acts such as Slayer (USA), Fear Factory (USA), Devil Driver (USA), Static-X (USA),[7][not in citation given] Obituary (USA), Mastodon (USA), Dark Tranquillity (SWE), Evergrey (SWE), Hacride (FRA) and Trivium (USA), to name only a few.

On 25 March 2011, the band released their second full-length album, The Human Connection[8] through Firestarter Music and Distribution.[9][not in citation given] Recorded in Perth, Western Australia, the album was mixed and mastered by producer Jens Bogren[10][11] of Fascination Street Studio, Sweden (Opeth, Symphony X, Katatonia). The Album was also released internationally on iTunes.

On 9 September 2012, the band recorded and released a single containing a cover of the Toto (band) smash hit Africa (Toto song).[12] The single contained two b-side tracks, an acoustic version of the 2011 track 'Beautiful Abyss' and a remix of the track 'Astral Plane'.

Following the late withdrawal of Volbeat at the Perth 2014 Soundwave Festival on 3 March 2014, Chaos Divine was added to the local line-up to perform at the festival.[13]

The band released the first single from their third studio album entitled 'Soldiers' on 31 October 2014. The single was recorded in Perth at Underground Studios and mixed and mastered by renowned music producer and engineer Forrester Savell.[14]

The band's third studio album was released in March 2015 following a successful crowd-funding campaign which saw the band raise $15,000 towards the album's production and release.[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Ratio (2006)

Track listing:

Track # Track Title
1 Disposable
2 Still Bleeding
3 Emancipation
4 At Both Ends
5 Obsidian Eyes

Singles[edit]

  • Soldiers (2014)

Track listing:

Track # Track Title
1 Soldiers
  • Africa - A Tribute to Toto (2012)

Track listing:

Track # Track Title
1 Africa
2 Beautiful Abyss (Acoustic)
3 Astral Plane (Amusia Studio Remix)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Refuse the Sickness" (2008), from the album Avalon
  • "Cages" (2009), recorded live at the 2009 AAHM Awards
  • "Beautiful Abyss" (Acoustic) (2012), originally released on 2011 'The Human Connection' album. The acoustic version of the song was included as a B-side to the 'Africa' single, released in 2012.
  • "Soldiers" (2014), taken from the forthcoming third studio album Colliding Skies.,[16][17]

Awards[edit]

Ratio was voted the second best Australian metal release of 2006 by the listeners of Triple J’s Full Metal Racket program, Ratio was voted the best Australian metal release of 2006 by the shows presenter, Andrew Haug.

WAM Song of the Year 2008 Song of the Year Award in the Heavy Rock/Metal category with the track 'Refuse the Sickness'.

MusicOz top-five finalists nominated for the Metal/Hardcore award in both 2007 and 2008

Western Australian Music Industry Awards 2009 Best Hard Rock/Metal Act nominee Western Australian Music Industry Awards 2010 Best Hard Rock/Metal Act nominee Western Australian Music Industry Awards 2014 Best Hard Rock/Metal Act nominee

Avalon was also voted in the top 10 international metal albums of the year by Triple J in 2009.

In 2009, Chaos Divine won 5 awards (best band; best album - Avalon; best song - Refuse the Sickness; best production - Jarrad Hearman, Avalon; best vocalist - David Anderton)[18] at the first national Australian metal awards show for the Australian Association of Heavy Metal.

In 2014, the band's single 'Soldiers' reached the #1 position on the Australian iTunes Metal charts.[19]

Members[edit]

  • Ryan Felton – lead guitar (2005–present)
  • Simon Mitchell – Rhythm guitar (2005–present)
  • Ben Mazzarol – drums (2005–2007, 2008–present)
  • David Anderton; lead vocals (2005–present)
  • Michael Kruit; bass guitar (2005–present)

Former member[edit]

  • Chris Mitchell – drums (2007–2008)

References[edit]

External links[edit]