‘One of My Bad Days’ is the name of a brand-new track from Johannesburg-based Industrialised Thrash Metal veterans Chaos Doctrine. This is a tale of a mass murderer relaying his crimes … not confessing, just relaying.
2022 saw two single releases from Chaos Doctrine. First there was ‘Lifting the Veil’, a hateful orchestration of 200 BPM Industrial Death Metal. More recently, they also gave us two versions of a track called ‘Martyr’ (Clement V Mix, and the Jeanne D’Arc Mix), described by some as a doomy balladic track akin to bands like Paradise Lost. ‘Martyr’ was featured and hailed by Metal Hammer ‘one of the top 10 tracks of the week’ when it released.
‘One of My Bad Days’ is not balladic, at all. It has no symphonics, no clean vocals, nor acoustic guitar. ‘One of My Bad Days’ is what Chaos Doctrine is known for doing best. It is angry, fast, and super heavy! If you like Thrash Metal with hints of Death Metal, whether you know the band’s back catalogue or not, this track will make you happy in your pitch-black heart.
‘One of My Bad Days’ will be released on Friday 21 July on all platforms https://linktr.ee/chaosdoctrine
Drummer Jason Eedes recalls the first time he heard the song, sharing “I just joined the band, and the guys wanted to start rehearsing this track for our live set. I was immediately attracted to the ferocious pounding of the drums, ranging from groovy beats to outright blasts, driving the catchy riffs and the spitting vocals. Definitely one of my favourites to play live!”
Alec Surridge, band guitarist and engineer affirms that “when I wrote this track, I wanted something that reflects my deep love for Swedish Death Metal, but clearly says THIS IS CHAOS DOCTRINE. We took a much lighter Industrial touch this time to leave the spotlight on heavy guitar riffs and maintain that old school feel, and when Dr D laid down a vocal (that I can only describe as Sepultura-meets-Testament), I knew we hit that magic spot!”
Bass guitarist and band visual artist Phil Carstens agrees, adding that “this track is definitely much more classic old school Thrash: relentless riffs, grooving drums, and lyrics about a mass murderer that freely admits to everyone he killed but refuses to accept any guilt!”
‘One of My Bad Days’ also brings the band’s second collaboration with a South African visual artist for the track imagery (the first being Martyr’s track image done by Lisa Botes of ‘Art Defrosted’). This time, the band worked with local Surrealist Artist Ras Steyn, who is making a name for himself producing outstanding artworks that harken back to masters like Dali.
Vocalist Dr D explains that “I came across Ras’s portfolio on Facebook, and I absolutely love his stuff. We started talking about a collab, and when the band agreed that ‘One of My Bad Days’ would be our next single, I knew his work would be perfect to reflect the overall song pathos and intent. He did NOT disappoint, it is great!’. The artist himself, Ras Steyn, adds that “When Chaos Doctrine asked me to create the art for their new single, I listened to the track a few times and knew that I had full license to amplify my already dark Surrealist style. It's a deeply distressing song so I had to respond with an equally unnerving and confrontational cover. It was a beautifully dark experience and one hell of a ride! And I'm ready for more of their stuff!”
Catch Chaos Doctrine live at their first ever in-person Metal4Africa event on 29 July and look out for news on their rapidly approaching third full-length studio release. Until then, catch glimpses of ‘One of My Bad Days’ featuring in a few of their promo videos on their social media pages!
Daniel Burger 'Dr D' (Vocals), Alec Surridge (Guitar), Phil Carstens (Bass & Backing Vocals) & Jason Eedes (Drums)
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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 Jason Eedes (Jasper Dan, Azraella’s Sorrow, Beyond the Pale & The Sinners).
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, fueled by rage and void of apology. This is aggression, this is Chaos Doctrine!
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