Just when you thought we were done with BLACK FRIDAY BEDLAM we are back for more, this time unleashing a version without Jörgen (as seen in our recent Metal4Africa SummerFest'21 Live Set Video)!
INDUSTRIAL THRASH METAL MACHINE CHAOS DOCTRINE (SOUTH AFRICA) IS BACK WITH BLACK FRIDAY BEDLAM FEATURING JÖRGEN SANDSTRÖM (GRAVE, ENTOMBED, TORTURE DIVISION, KRUX & THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX)
Its name, Black Friday Bedlam. Its speed, 190 bpm. Its guest vocalist ... Swedish Death Metal legend Jörgen Sandström (Grave, Entombed, Torture Division, KRUX & The Project Hate MCMXCIX). Its claim, the fastest and perhaps heaviest thing Chaos Doctrine has done to date!
Following from the massive success the band had with their track Father Grigori in 2020, Black Friday Bedlam explodes Chaos Doctrine into 2021 with the tale of an everyday man who wakes up one morning and goes on a drive-by spree! The track kicks off with proper old school Thrash Metal, before settling into a vicious groove that underpins Mr Sandström's insanely powerful vocals. This is offset against the band's trademark key and sample arrangements. The groove continues through an epic bass bridge and rapid alternating guitar solos, before ending as fast and brutal as it started with Jörgen and Dr D's vocals finishing up this sonic apocalypse!
The track is the second single from Chaos Doctrine's forthcoming album, the name and track listing of which are finally revealed in the Black Friday Bedlam Lyric Video. This song was mixed, mastered and produced by the band's guitarist Alec Surridge at Gemini AD Studios.
Former Chaos Doctrine drummer Ralph Margo, whose drums feature on this track (and forthcoming album), gives the back story on how Jörgen Sandström's vocals ended up on the band's new single: "While we were writing this song, the tempo and vocal rhythm of its one part reminded me of the Project Hate track ‘At The Entrance Of Hell’s Unholy Fire’ (you really should check them out!), and since Jörgen mentioned to me many years before that if ever I wanted his voice on anything I just needed to ask. I suggested to the rest of the guys that we ask him to do this section and they were keen. So I asked if he’d do it and the rest is history. So awesome to collaborate with this death metal legend!”
Vocalist Dr D (Daniel Burger) adds: "We originally wrote Black Friday Bedlam for our debut album, but decided to let it stand over. When we started our new album, we dusted the song off, Alec rewrote some sections, and we did some rearrangements to polish it off. When Ralph suggested we ask Jörgen to do guest vocals, and he agreed, we were all beyond thrilled. Not only are we all huge fans of his work, but his brutal vocals amplify the hell out of the aggression we tried to bring with this track. I personally love how Alec blended my thrashy vocals with Jörgen's insane growls to bring the most vicious Chaos Doctrine assault to date!"
Guitarist Alec Surridge had the following to say: "this track goes back a while, even before my time with the band so when it came to recording it I knew that it needed just a little modern flavour. It has that old school thrash element to it but also some newer heaviness which adds some colour and is great to play live. And having Jörgen on just makes it so much more powerful".
Bass guitarist Phil Carstens, who created the track's lyric video, noted: "This track has been a long time in the making, but certainly worth the wait and hard work. It perfectly blends elements of thrash, death and industrial metal - and what better way to top it off with the ferocious vocals from the legendary Jörgen Sandström! Big thanks to Ralph for setting that up for us!"
It may not be November, but Black Friday is here!
Photo Credit: Daniel Falk @ufomagnet
OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR FATHER GRIGORI
Brutal Russian Version Of Father Grigori (Отец Григорий)
Just when you thought Chaos Doctrine was done obliterating your eardrums with their mammoth track Father Grigori, the Industrial Metal Machine from South Africa is back with a brutal Russian version (Отец Григорий) featuring Demether Grail from Russian Folk Metal / Deathcore Band Zmey Gorynich (Змей Горыныч) As if this 180-bpm prodigious track was not already vicious enough, the scathing "lubok-core" vocals of Demether Grail chunters the tune to an even murkier level, resonating with the dark subject matter marred by the life and times of the notorious Russian Monk Grigori Rasputin!
Chaos Doctrine comments that “A short while after we finished writing Father Grigori, we had the idea of getting a Russian vocalist to collaborate with us on it, specifically for an alternate version that can go onto our next EP (our first EP, The Chaos Chronicles Volume I, contains alternate versions of tracks from our debut album). We knew that Russian would give it a new and unique feel, and bring a rawness that comes with the language! We didn’t know where to start looking – but our good buddy France the Planet referred us to a great female metal vocalist Anna Hel, who is involved with Russian Industrial Band Conflict. She, in turn, referred us to Demether Grail, who is involved with a load of great metal bands in Russia.
Demether has a great voice, is really into Rasputin himself too, and fully understood what we wanted to do. With us having translated our track “The Genocide Number” into Afrikaans for our EP, we knew that this is no easy feat – it is not only about the lyrics, but also the rhyme and meter of the song. But, Demether did a better job than we could have ever hoped for – he took our track, re-wrote all the lyrics, and blended the words to fit into awesome rhythms. He stuck to the original themes but fully made the track his own, and his vocal is raw and brutal, bringing a fresh and hateful edge that would make the mad monk proud! We knew Russian vocals would up the ante on this track – but we didn’t know just how much. So, we decided this is far too great to hold back for our 2021 EP release – hence us throwing it into the world now!”
Demether Grail adds that “It's an interesting story. Anna wrote to me and said that probably I would be the best guy to work with Chaos Doctrine on translating an English track about Rasputin into Russian, and to do the vocals for it. I have been writing lyrics and cross translating for a long time, for my own bands and other Russian bands, so this was no problem for me. I decided to add in quite a bit of my own into the Russian version – firstly because I am very well acquainted with the story of Grigori Rasputin, and secondly, because I translate one hundred percent literally. I made sure to keep to the original vocal rhythm as much as possible and stuck to a more timbre vocal, rather than the black metal style I usually use. Chaos Doctrine was my first international collaboration and the mix came out perfect!”
ABOUT CHAOS DOCTRINE
Alec Surridge (Guitar), Rory Townes (Drums), Daniel Burger "Dr D" (Vocals) & Phil Carstens (Bass & Backing Vocals)
Photo David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)
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.
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